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George Hallett: sound . text . image

Hundreds of independent art and museums spaces were forced to close due to the Corona-Crisis. In this series we are celebrating the fantastic artistic events that are right now sitting behind closed doors. Lay your eyes on the exhibition at BIC Project Space in Casablanca, creating a creative dialogue between photography, music and literature through the photographs of George Hallett.

George Hallett taking a self-portrait in the mirror, with South African photographer Clarence Coulson. Courtesy BIC Project Space

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George Hallett: sound . text . image is the Cape Town-based South African photographer’s first ever showcase in Morocco. The exhibition brings together portraits of pioneering South African jazz musicians, African writers and a collection of colourful compositions created by Hallett for the book covers of Heinemann’s African Writers Series. Those images, dating from the 1960s to 1980s, reveal a compelling creative dialogue between photography, music and literature.

BIC Project Space Casablanca Entrance. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Exhibition view George Hallett: sound . text . image. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Top to bottom, left to right: Johnny Dyani with double bass; Jazz musician photographed by Hallett on 1988 calendar designed by Gavin Jantjes; drummer Eugene Skeef and dancers during rehearsal; performance at the 100 Club, London. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Two images on the left: record sleeve designed by Hallett for Blues for Johnny; dancer posing during rehearsal with Eugene Skeef. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Compositions for Heinemann African Writers Series book covers with portraits of Dambudzo Marechera and Bessie Head. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Enlarged cover of Nkem Nwankwo’s book My Mercedes is Bigger than Yours. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Book covers designed by George Hallett for Heinemann’s African Writers Series, from the Making Histories Visible book collection, University of Central Lancashire. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Left: artist Dumile Feni and drummer Louis Moholo, right: Book cover featuring Dumile. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Slideshow projection with portraits of jazz musicians and performances. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Exhibition view George Hallett: sound . text . image. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Book covers designed by George Hallett for Heinemann’s African Writers Series, from the Making Histories Visible book collection, University of Central Lancashire. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Book covers and portraits of Chinua Achebe, Mariama Bâ (top) and Buchi Emecheta (bottom). Courtesy BIC Project Space

Book covers designed by George Hallett for Heinemann’s African Writers Series, from the Making Histories Visible book collection, University of Central Lancashire. Courtesy BIC Project Space

Street Cleaner, from the District Six series, slideshow. Courtesy BIC Project Space

South African poet James Matthews and the late author Richard Rive, slideshow. Courtesy BIC Project Space

 

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