Photographer and RIT Alumnus Zwelethu Mthethwa Presents at RIT March 11

Mthethwa’s work examines economic and political realities of present-day South Africa

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Photo from Mthethwa's series Interiors

Acclaimed photographer and South African native Zwelethu Mthethwa, who began his career as a painter and photographer during apartheid in South Africa, returns to Rochester Institute of Technology March 11. He will discuss the photographic body of work featured in his newly released monograph Zwelethu Mthethwa, published by Aperture.

Best known for his large-format color photographs, his artistry examines the economic and political realities of present-day South Africa. Mthethwa will speak at 7 p.m. March 11, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public.

In 1987, Mthethwa was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to come to the United States and study at RIT. Mthethwa earned a master’s degree in imaging arts. Following graduation, he returned home to South Africa where he lectured on photography and drawing at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. He currently resides and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He’s had more than 35 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. His lecture is sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. For more information, call 585-475-2770.

What: Artist talk by photographer and RIT alumnus Zwelethu Mthethwa

When: 7 p.m. March 11

Where: Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science Auditorium, RIT campus

Admission: Free and open to the public