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A Return to Elsewhere

Explore the cultural connections between two very different communities.

A Return to Elsewhere in an interactive online exhibition by photographers Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA). It explores differences and similarities across countries and cultures, focusing belonging, history, silence, memory and loss in the communities of Marabastad and Laudium in South Africa, and Brighton in the UK.

Marabastad was a diverse community before forced relocation under apartheid in the late 1940s. Nearby Laudium, on the outskirts of Pretoria, was proclaimed an Indian Township in 1961. Meanwhile Brighton holds a special significance for its own its Indian community after soldiers from the British Indian Army, which fought in World War One, were temporarily hospitalised in the city’s Royal Pavilion.

Using metadata to connect pictures, sounds, archive material, video and stories, A Return to Elsewhere lets you shape your own journey through the collection, giving you a new experience every time you visit.

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About this Artist

A Return to Elsewhere was a co-commission between The Space, The British Council Connect ZA programme with Photoworks and the Market Photo Workshop for the Brighton Photo Biennnial and Joburg Photo Umbrella.

Kalpesh Lathigra was born in London in 1971 and studied photography at the London College of Printing. He then worked as a national press photographer before deciding to pursue long term projects. Lathigra received the W. Eugene Smith and Churchill Fellowships for a long-term project documenting the lives of widows in India, and published his first book, Lost In The Wilderness, in 2014.

Thabiso Sekgala was a South African photographer whose work focused on South African communities facing the long shadow of apartheid, exploring themes of abandonment and memory. He studied at Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop and was awarded the Tierney Fellowship in 2010. He had solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, Berlin and Brussels. He died on 15 October 2014.

Project Partners

Brighton Photo Biennnial logo Joburg Photo Umbrella British Council