Araminta de Clermont*

Lonwabo & Sonwabo (Photographic print, 90 x 105 cm)

Lonwabo & Sonwabo (Photographic print, 90 x 105 cm)

Artist's Statement

*Spier Contemporary 2010 Winner: Araminta de Clarmont has been awarded one of the career development prizes by the Judges of the Exhibition

For several months after his initiation, an ikrwala will wear clothing denoting his status as a ‘new man’, showing that he has entered a new phase of life, maturity, and responsibility. This outward demonstration of an inner change is a hugely important part of the process and a great source of pride. So significant is it that many schools will turn a blind eye to their pupils forgoing their uniforms for this period. The ‘new men’ pictured here are all shot in their classrooms. As their suits demand instant respect - so too do the men wearing them. Yet what may be the validity of believing in a fresh start, when one’s surroundings have not changed as one has oneself? Lonwabo & Sonwabo (Photographic print, 90 x 105 cm)

Artist's Biography

Born: Isle of Man, UK, 1971. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received her BSc in Architecture from the University College London. Studied photography at postgraduate level at the St. Martins School of Art, London and at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. Major exhibitions: South African National Gallery and Joao Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town; Djangoly Gallery, Nottingham, UK; Trustman Gallery, Boston, USA; artSpace, Berlin, Germany.