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Dean Hutton 2

Dean Hutton (b. 1976, Johannesburg), formerly known as Nadine Hutton, is predominantly known as a photojournalist. Her idiosyncratic manner of telling stories about ‘Otherness’ in South Africa is well established. Hutton’s socio-political stance finds its grounding in her tenure as chief photographer at the Mail & Guardian newspaper from 1997 to 2006. She has also worked as a freelance photojournalist for other major newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer, TIME, and The Daily Telegraph. With a Higher Diploma in Journalism from Rhodes University Hutton’s use of documentary photography teeters on the brink of radicalism, often incorporating video, installation, intervention and performance art. Hutton’s breakthrough came in 2011 when she discovered Queer theory during a trip to New York. The notion that one can negate the traditional binary perceptions of gay and lesbian, and nonetheless align oneself with queerness was a selling

point for Hutton. Notwithstanding the fact that she has been openly Lesbian since 2004, queerness seemed to be a more relatable term for Hutton; one with which she could develop her artistic vision. Hutton’s work can thus be described as an investigation into queer visual culture in South Africa. Her pursuit of this contested cultural geography is an attempt to situate South Africa within the global paradigm of Queer theory. Such narratives are in flux, and thus her work is constantly shifting, moving the representation of the ‘Other’ or the ‘Victim’ into a vision of collectivity and evolution. Hutton often utilizes collaboration with other artists, particularly those working in the realm of Gay politics. She mentions Zanele Muholi, AthiPatra Ruga, Nicholas Hlobo, and Tracey Rose as allies in this regard, because they also explore the openness and layered perspectives innate to queer sensibility, rather than reduce issues to petty matters of patriarchy and masculinity. To be

IJusi Portfolio #3  

A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.

IJusi Portfolio #3  

A catalogue detailing the works and artists included in the third iJusi portfolio, curated by Pieter Hugo.

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