Lourensford showcases Frank Schönau at The Art Curator
From 5 March to 2 April 2017, photographer Frank Schönau will showcase his latest exhibition at the enthralling gallery called “The Art Curator” at Lourensford Wine Estate”
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“Perhaps being a foreigner and a seasoned traveller lends me a different view on life in South Africa and allows me see what locals may no longer see anymore”, explains German photographer Frank Schönau, providing a glimpse into the idea behind his photographic series that will be publicly shown for the first time, at the renowned gallery “The Art Curator“ from March 5th until April 2nd 2017.
Frank uses his lens to capture Cape Town’s otherwise invisible community, those we look at daily but do not see. His portraits reveal with dignity the depth, vulnerability and resilience of those who willingly or unwillingly live on the outside. Among them men, women and transgender. Frank Schönau seeks to ensure that people like Thembi (25 years), Coco (26 years), and Reagan (23 years) will be seen for who they are: Valuable human beings with names, stories, hopes and dreams.
“The Art Curator“ will display the 23 impressive pictures of the “Living Outside“ collection during the month of March 2017. About the Photographer Frank Schönau (www.frankschoenau.com) is an entrepeneur from Cologne, Germany with a successful business career. He spends many months traveling and quality time every year in South Africa.
Since the beginning of his career, Frank has been involved not only in the Cologne art and cultural scene, but has also placed great emphasis on a commitment to charity locally and internationally. He founded two NGOs which support socially disadvantaged children and youth in the area of Cologne and children and their families in the earthquake regions of Nepal.
For years Frank has been photographing his many travels and has thereby created sensational photographic documentation with a focus on South Africa and Nepal. Photographs from his stays in Nepal are currently being prepared for a photo book which documents the work of his organisation INK (www.intiativenepalkids.org), and speaks to the lives of the people in the disaster areas. About the Gallery South Africa’s leading art curator, Henry Taylor (https://www.henrytaylorgallery.co.za/), has earmarked the picturesque landscape of the Helderberg Mountains for the unveiling of his latest gallery, The Art Curator.
Henry invites guests to explore and discover the finest South African art from his gallery at the magnificent Lourensford Wine Estate. Henry is The Master of Old Masters, he has spearheaded and dominated the art landscape in South Africa for over 35 years and is one of the leading investment art curators in the country. The Art Curator has chosen a collaboration with Frank Schönau as his photographic journey and images resonates with them. They found the Living Outside series to be both powerful in the imagery and the messaging it creates, that really touched their hearts and they wished for others to experience this too. At the grand opening of the ehibition, three pieces will be auctioned with proceeds going to the NGO Bread for Life, which offers services in the inner city to people currently living on the outside.
During the full exhibition period, limited edition originals and 500 copies of the Living Outside book will be available for purchase. Visitors to the gallery can enjoy time at the established Lourensford Wine estate, which has various activities on offer (www.lourensford.co.za), an attractive venue for the whole family.