Responding to the exhibition, Priya Ramrakha: A Pan African Perspective, 1950-1968 (FADA Gallery, October 2017), VIAD hosted an intimate colloquium entitled, Inhabiting the Frame - Documentary & Subjectivity in the Anti/Post/Colonial Visual Archive. Running from 9 - 10 October, 2017 (FADA Gallery), conversations in the colloquium engaged with questions of agency, subjectivity and the implicit politics and 'ethical demands' of photo-documentary, in relation to anti-colonial and postcolonial struggles in Africa.
Participants included: Omar Badsha, Rory Bester, Linda Chernis, Khwezi Gule, Pamila Gupta, Keval Harie, Erin Haney, Patricia Hayes, Natasha Himmelman, Cynthia Kros, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, John Edwin Mason, Peter McKenzie, Geoffrey Ogwaro, Sethembile Msezane, Dan Ojwang, Shravan Vidyarthi and Paul Weinberg.
Photographer and former Afrapix member, Peter McKenzie, passed away just two days after the colloquium, where he presented a thought-provoking paper on teaching the history of African photography. On behalf of all those who participated in the colloquium programme - many of whom were personal friends and colleagues - VIAD would like to acknowledge Peter's warm and generous personality, as well as his seminal contribution to photographic practice and pedagogy in South Africa.