David GoldblattStrange Instrument. Curated By Zanele Muholi. In Collaboration with Yancey Richardson Gallery. Feb 26 – Mar 27, 2021. 540 West 25th Street
Strange Instrument brings together 45 photographs documenting South Africa—where David Goldblatt was born in 1930 and lived until his death in 2018—at the height of apartheid, between the early 1960s and the end of the 1980s.
Curated by artist and activist Zanele Muholi, who was Goldblatt’s friend and mentee, the exhibition offers a deeply personal meditation on the brutality and humanity that Goldblatt captured in his strikingly beautiful images of everyday lives under conditions of profound injustice. Taking an expansive and affective approach to their mentor’s body of work, the exhibition presents a portrait of Goldblatt himself through Muholi’s eyes.