ALBUS | Justin Dingwall

This series developed into an exploration of the aesthetics of albinism in contrast to the idealised perceptions of beauty. It began as an interest to capture something not conventionally perceived as "beauty".

Dingwall began this project with the ethereal portraits of Thando Hopa, a legal prosecutor who is using her visibility to address the negative perceptions surrounding albinism. Dingwall’s inspiring new work features Sanele Xaba, a young model with albinism, and uses specific elements to foreground the symbolic meaning behind each work.

Dingwall’s intention is for the images to become a celebration of beauty in difference. “They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful”.

Dingwall’s interest lies in the unique and the different; “to me diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful”.

Recurring motifs of butterflies, snakes and water suggest notions of rebirth, metamorphosis, fluidity and flux; reflecting Dingwall’s desire to inspire a change in perception and indicate that beauty is not a fixed ideal but rather one that is ever shifting and changeable 

The conception of beauty as it exists in Albus is one that is ambiguous, subjective and diverse

Exhibition Details

Exhibitions Dates:
14 May 2017 until 7 September 2017