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Saturday, November 9, 2019


 All are invited to the exhibition opening of Still City on Thursday, November 14, at 17h00 for 17h30 at the KZNSA Gallery’s Park Gallery. Free entrance

For one week only, view the mesmerizing photographic exhibition by Aik Christodoulou, as mentored by Matt Kay.

The photographic body of work, Still City, looks closer at familiar spaces. In a world that is moving ever faster, these photographs are about slowing down and taking time to examine the small moments and structures we forget to look at in the rush of everyday life.

(Left: Aik Christodoulou)

Photographed on an analogue camera, with no light meter, the process was intended to help photographer Aik Christodoulou slow down and to properly consider what is and what is not of interest to him.

Pushing back against the instant gratification of the digital world, against the use of quantity in the search for quality, these photographs allow for mistakes and the unexpected.

This city, like film, can be scratched, rough and imperfect but it is more, not less, because of that.

Over the past three years, Christodoulou has been mentored by Matt Kay, a fine art and documentary photographer based in Durban. This work is the result from the last year focusing on putting together a finished body of work. It is Christodoulou’s first solo exhibition.

Christodoulou (b. 1997) grew up in Kokstad in the KwaZulu-Natal countryside. He currently resides in Durban where he is pursuing a career in photography. Shifting between black and white, colour, digital and film. his work covers multiple genres, however, his primary interests lie in fashion, architecture and landscape photography. 

Matt Kay (b. 1985) is a Durban-based South African photographer. His work has been shown in numerous group shows including SITE – “Photography and national trauma in South Africa”, GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2014). He was awarded the Ithuba Arts Fund and was a selected photographer in the inaugural Joburg Photo Umbrella (both in 2014).

He was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship (2014), mentored by David Goldblatt. His solo shows include The Front at The Photo Workshop Gallery, Johannesburg (2015) and KZNSA Gallery (KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts) in Durban (2015). Kay was featured in the British Journal of Photography as one of 25 “Ones to watch” global survey of emerging photographers (2015).

His work Losing Ground was selected and shown as part of the 20th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in Switzerland (2016). He was nominated for the Paul Huf Award in 2017. In November 2017, Kay’s work Synapse was exhibited as part of the 12th edition of the Printemps Photographique Festival titled Resist(e) in Nîmes, France.

Losing Ground was shown at the Tunisian International Photography Festival. Of traps and tropes, curated by John Fleetwood, Kerkennah #1(2018).

Still City runs from November 14 to 22 in the KZNSA’s Park Gallery. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit