22 June 2012

Museum tour-guide grabs film role

By: Zongezle Matshoba

Moses Lamani (left), ready to do his tricks, and pull the ropes
that will amazingly reflect Grahamstown on the
white table while he rotate the Camera Obcura 360 degrees.
Moses Lamani, an outstanding tour-guide at Albany Observatory Museum will feature in Mikhael Subotzky’s film. This documentary is part of Subotzsky’s Retina Shift in this year’s  National Arts Festival's exhibition programme which will be shown at the Gallery in the Round at Grahamstown's 1820 Settler's Monument. Retina Shift looks at the history of Grahamstown, using photographs, video and Subotsky’s persona.

Lamani, respected for his fluency in articulating and operating the Camera Obscura that lives many tourists short of breath with exhilaration, has been hard at work with Subotzky, the Standard Bank Young Artist award for visual art in 2012.

Albany Observatory Museum is central to Makana Municipality’s tourism because of the Camera Obscura and the Victorian lifestyle. The camera requires rare skill and energy to manually maneuver it 360 degrees. Years of experience are really telling as one is unable to notice the gasps in that dark room as Lamani enthrall visitors.  

The film itself is to reveal more about Lamani the man, and his personal experience of Grahamstown that is observing and reflecting on its past 200 years through the Makana Municipality project known as Project 200 Years.

Lamani has been filmed and photographed many times, including the recent SABC 3’s Top Billing shoot. But, never before has he and the Camera Obscura been given the much detailed focus as in the work of Subotzky.    

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