Anthea Pokroy is a Johannesburg-based artist and photographer. She obtained her BA Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007 and graduated cum laude. She has taken part in many group exhibitions since 2005, has been in the top 100 of local art competitions since 2007 and in 2013, she had her first solo exhibition entitled I collect gingers at Speke Photographic/ CIRCA on Jellicoe in Johannesburg. She was invited to present at TEDxJohannesburg about this project. Her work is part of the Wits Art Museum collection, as well as private collections. Pokroy is a founder and trustee of Assemblage and works as a photographer cataloguing artwork and exhibitions for leading artists, galleries and museums in Johannesburg.
My work explores the notion of archiving and collecting through photography and other digital media. Through a continuous process of gathering groups of people, I am interested in identifying collective experience, communal identity, nationhood and the inherent ‘otherness’ that exists within these. My ‘collections’ exist outside of conventional, historical classification of people, (i.e. by race, religion, culture, gender); I choose rather to investigate self-proclaimed ‘population groups’, namely gingers (redheads) and artists. However, through extensive cataloguing (photographing, interviewing, data capturing and then quantifying), I offer a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ interrogation into racial profiling, classification and discrimination