Justin Dingwall, when diversity is a value
Justin Dingwall builds and photographs scenes that challenge the social perception of the human form in order to celebrate diversity.
South African photographer and visual artist Justin Dingwall constructs images with a strong visual impact, capable of immediately capturing the attention of the viewer. Through well-studied form and composition, all images explore a wide range of important themes, from xenophobia in South Africa to the obsolete stereotypes of albinism.
Justin Dingwall has always been concerned with minorities and the “different”, as in his 2016 Albus series, in which he questions our understanding of albino beauty.
A Seat at the Table is the name of another sequence of images that creatively exploit everyday objects. The model of the series, Moostapha, is affected by vitiligo, a condition that is not hidden, but exalted.
In Fly by Night, the artist uses the fairy tale of the Ugly Duckling to comment on the issue of xenophobia in South Africa. Dingwall transposes this metaphor into his photographic series, using a real black swan. His imagination becomes an active part in the transposition of complex themes and they want to direct the public in the right direction, which one?
The one who sees diversity as a value.
It is no coincidence that the artist has repeatedly stated that his work is not about race, politics or fashion, but about perception and “what we subjectively perceive as beautiful”.