This week Somerset House is a live with world class photography as galleries from all over the globe display their best works at Photo London. We talk specifically to South African artist Kyle Weeks, showing at Officine Del Immagine in Milan, about the manifold stories behind his singular shots, in which Namibian youth take their own photographs and defy the government by harvesting palm sap for palm wine.
Officine Del Immagine is dedicated to exhibiting international emerging and accomplished artists whose works reflect cross-cultural experiences.
Originally from Namibia, Kyle Weeks (b. 1992) attended the Stellenbosch Academy, where he graduated in 2013 with a BA in photography. Now based between Amsterdam and Cape Town, Weeks is the co-founder of Cape Collective Assist, a cooperative that facilitates a range of development programs for aspiring photographers in the city.
Weeks was the winner of the 2016 Magnum Photography Award and had work included in the 2017 I.P.F. Photo Prize exhibition in London. Most recently, Palm Wine Collectors was featured in Red Hook Labs’ exhibition New African Photography II in NYC, a group exhibition dedicated to work by young image makers in present-day Africa. Ovahimba Youth Self Portraits was exhibited in two solo shows in 2014 – one at MOP6 and the other at Joburg Art Fair – and in 2016 Weeks debuted new work for his solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. In 2014, he was a nominee for the Mack First Book Awards. Weeks’ work has also appeared in exhibitions at the AVA Gallery and PH Centre in Cape Town, as well as at MoCADA in NYC, and has been shown at a number of photography fairs, including Unseen Amsterdam.