As part of the PhotoSaintGermain festival, Rubis Mécénat presents “Daleside”, a commission to French photographer Cyprien Clément-Delmas and South African photographer, Magnum Photos Associate and Of Soul and Joy alumni Lindokuhle Sobekwa. The photographic commission documents Daleside, an Afrikaner suburb in the south-east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Over the course of five years, the two photographers have produced a portrait of Daleside, interacting with the place and its population of mostly mine workers and smallholders to express their aspirations and to reveal their distress. Looking beyond the deep-seated black/white binary, they depict the poverty afflicting black and white residents alike as forgotten members of society, stuck in a dead-end without a future. These images, set in counterpoint to present a portrait of Daleside, form a dense body of work and their impact is apparent when they are read in pairs or individually.
“The families that stay in Daleside are mostly the one that can’t go anywhere else. They can’t escape from this place. Daleside’s people dream about a better life or a different life. But, reality wake them up all the time. They are static dreamers, stuck in this town, in their lives and in their social class.”Cyprien Clément-Delmas
Young photographer Lindokuhle Sobekwa was mentored by Cyprien Clément-Delmas as part of the Rubis Mécénat Of Soul and Joy project in Thokoza, South Africa. He is now a Magnum Photos Associate.
Event Title: Daleside
Cyprien Clément-Delmas & Lindokuhle Sobekwa
Curated by Valérie Fougeirol
Venue: Rubis-Mécénat hors-les-murs
Address: 12 rue Guénégaud, 75006, Paris, France
Date: 7 – 23 January 2021
Time: Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm
Ticket: Free entry