Janet Solomon (b.1967) graduated from the universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand, obtaining her MA in Fine Art with distinction.
Solomon’s confrontational works engage unflinchingly with environmental issues and human cultural relations with animals. The notion of the natural world interrupted and impacted is the eroded circumstance in which her subject finds it’s self.
Solomon’s work orbits around ideas of alienation, reduction of relation and its destructive consequences, and the susceptibility of the subject to dissociative forces. Solomon’s work is inscribed by a sense of loss of some precious quality in the world or self. Her works are filled with a haunting pathos, a sense of a curiously anti heroic, fragile beauty found in individuals’ struggle to come to grips with situations larger than themselves.
33mins | Documentary | 15 March 2018
Directed and produced by Janet Solomon
Vanishing Present Productions
Becoming Visible is a short multiscreen environmental documentary that explores the pressing issue of offshore oil and gas development off the South African coastline and its consequence to our marine life. It advances the theme of nature as political asset and questions the scripts of consumptive economics embedded in South Africa’s governmental approaches to environmental policy. The film focuses on a seismic survey off the east coast of RSA, which was extended into the whale migration season in July 2016. There were a number of unusual deepwater-mammal strandings during and after this survey. Becoming Visible investigates the risks posed by unilateral and indiscriminate traumatizing noise exposure from marine seismic surveys to many marine species, and the vulnerability of fishery-based livelihoods to these impacts.