The Diamond Trace

Solo show, Patrick Tourneboeuf
MIT Museum

In The Diamond Trace, French photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf examines the aftermath of a city that grew after the discovery of a big diamond, and was all but abandoned when the gems became scarce. Through captivating images of its streets and squares, center and outskirts, stadium and cemetery, and famous “Big Hole,” examine the social landscape of Kimberley, South Africa. The photos taken in the series Traces present all the remains, traces of a more prosperous era when Kimberly was South Africa’s second city (after Johannesburg). Today, with the collapse of local industry and the diamond trade, the city is searching for a sustainable future.

“The Diamond Trace : Kimberley, South Africa in Photographs”
Exposition du 12 avril au 12 septembre 2017
Opening April 12, 2017, in the presence of Patrick Tourneboeuf
MIT Museum
KURTZ Gallery for Photography

265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51
Cambridge, USA
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Series done in the framework of the collaborative photography project «Transition» : twelve South African and French photographers on South African land and the role that photography continues to play in the representation and re-imagining of land. Commissioned by Rencontres d’Arles and Market Photo Workshop – Johannesburg, as part of the Seasons South Africa-France 2013.

A book, “Trace, Kimberley” goes with the exhibition (preface by François Hébel)