After what felt like centuries, Gauteng-based Photographer, Blunt Moya, is finally showcasing his work in his first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, #BlackBoysDream.
The exhibition, which goes down at the Agog Gallery in Maboneng later today, is a culmination of previously exhibited works by the lensman from Mabopane, in the northeastern sides of Pretoria.
“I want to push myself as a visual artist,” Moya says about #BlackBoysDream, which will feature about 400 pieces of his work. “It’s the first time I’ll be exhibiting such a large number of images in one place [and in one go].”
With only four years in the photography game, Blunt Moya has made a name for himself and had his insanely dope work displayed in exhibition rooms all over his hometown but decided to do #BlackBoysDream in the City of Johannesburg, where folks had been deprived, in order to reach a larger audience.
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“Most people in Joburg have never seen my work and [they’ve] been asking when I’d do something that side,” he says.
His snaps, portraits shot mostly in his signature greyscale style, are captivatingly framed visual vignettes that speak on uncomfortable-to-talk-about-but-really-shouldn’t-be social issues such as motherhood, gender-based violence and hatred as well as the struggles faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
A labour of love and passion, #BlackBoysDream promises to give the audience a full sensory experience — Blunt’s collection of images will be accompanied by live performances of music, poetry and theatrical pieces.
“Often people just put up the [images] and that’s it. I included other forms of art in the exhibition to help show the bigger picture and [give revellers] a mind, body and spirit experience…[and to show that] all dreams are possible. One just has to chase them and never be afraid to fail,” Moya says of #BlackBoysDream.
Catch the #BlackBoysDream exhibition at the Agog Gallery from 2pm on Saturday, 19 May. R50 gets you in.