David Goldblatt and Khwezi Gule receive medals of the French Order of the Arts and Letters

On 13 October 2016, Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Elisabeth Barbier bestowed medals of the French Order of the Arts and Letters on two South Africans: veteran photographer David Goldblatt and curator Khwezi Gule.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, established in 1957 by the French Minister of Culture, rewards those who, through their ongoing engagement and creativity, have helped develop the arts and culture in France and throughout the world, building bridges between our nations.

Mr. David Goldblatt as Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres:

Mr. Goldblatt is a documentary photographer renowned for his portrayal of South Africa during the apartheid era. He was born in November 1930 in the small mining town of Randfontein near Johannesburg and started his career as a photographer in the 1960s. He has published several books, including his 1975 seminal work Some Afrikaners Photographed. He founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg in 1989. In March 2006, he was honoured for his portrayal of social and political life in South Africa when he received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, considered the most prestigious photographic award. In 2009, in France, he received the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. His work has been exhibited globally, and in 1998, he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

«I regard myself an unlicensed, self-appointed observer and critic of South African society»

  • Read the Ambassador’s speech here.
Mr. Khwezi Gule as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres:

Mr. Gule is a curator, artist and writer based in Johannesburg. He is the chief curator at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the Kliptown Open Air Museum. He previously worked as the curator of contemporary collections at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Gule is the founding editor pf the web-based magazine called the Dead Revolutionaries Club which has produced a number of exhibitions and discussion forums.

  • Read the Ambassador’s speech here.

publie le 25/10/2016

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