Justin Dingwall talks Taboo

March 24, 8:30am - 10:00am SAST. Hosted at The Market Theatre

part of a series on Taboo


About the speaker

Justin Dingwall is an award-winning contemporary artist and commercial photographer. He is the author of the pictorial book Albus, which explores the aesthetics of albinism in contrast to the idealised perceptions of beauty.

Justin’s art has been exhibited around the world and his works is in the permanent collections of museums, institutions and private collections. He is represented in Europe, Australia and the Africa.

His project Albus, a series of beautiful composed portraits of Thando Hopa (a young lawyer-turned-model who has albinism) and Sanele Xaba has attracted attention internationally. The series has been featured on the BBC Global News, CNN with Becky Anderson, The Huffington Post, Wired Italy, The New York Daily News, Stern, Slate and SBS Australia and The Kind. Dingwall has exhibited in South Africa, Seattle, North Carolina, New York, Australia, Budepest, London, Spain, Germany, Paris and Equatorial Guinea. Dingwall started his career in commercial photography after graduating with a BTech Cum Laude in Photography from the Tswane University of Technology in 2004. His work has been published both locally and internationally. His commercial clients include Adobe, MAC Cosmetics, Avon, Imperial Car, Transact, Sony, Sasol, Safair and KFC. During the next few years he won numerous awards, including gold in the Fuji Film Awards for portraiture. He continues his journey of self-discovery through his lens…

“I do what I do for the love of new experiences. My imagery is not bound by language or culture. I want my work to speak for itself and for people to interpret it in their own way. I want people to be affected by my images… As long as someone is feeling something, I am achieving my goals.”

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Additional details

Taboos are a social glue that makes life livable wherever we go.

We invent the reasonings that, over time, coalesce to create the societal fabric of norms, permissions, and prohibitions. Cutting the line at TSA or stealing from your neighbour is wrong, which makes a good status quo.

While many taboos keep the world spinning, there are many rusty ones that are delaying it from evolving. And although we’re hardwired to stand on the edge of taboo, there are others who have gone over it.

The theme was chosen by our Oslo chapter, was illustrated by David Stenmarck and is presented by our Global Partner MailChimp.