Two featured exhibitions at the Iziko South African Museum; Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 and Subtle Thresholds: The representational taxonomies of disease; are about to close after about six months on show. Mere weeks remain for visitors to still experience these fascinating natural history exhibitions.The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. Wildlife photographers worldwide aspire to get the chance to compete in this competition for achieving the perfect picture, which combines skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and ultimately – pure luck! It is not surprising that the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 exhibition offers an extraordinary insight into the beauty, drama and diversity of the natural world – from vivid, colourful landscapes to intimate portraits of animal behaviour.
Subtle Thresholds: The representational taxonomies of disease by artist Fritha Langerman, is in turn primarily concerned with the visual representation of disease. The exhibition aims to draw attention to some of the contemporary debates surrounding biomedical visual and material culture; seeking to expose some of the cultural and historical mythologies that have contributed to the perception of disease as a state of otherness and separation. Also serving as a conceptual bridge between the social history and natural history displays at the SAM; Subtle Thresholds presents a complex visual network of the inter-relationship between zoological, human and microbial worlds.
The public can still view Subtle Thresholds until 1 August 2010 whereas The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 is only open until 25 July 2010. Also of interest is African Dinosaurs – a larger-than-life exhibition which is yet another reason to visit the Iziko South African Museum.
For more info, see the website http://www.iziko.org.za
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