For AIPAD, 2017 JHB Gallery will curate three women photo-artists who do not use the camera to record an image, rather, they employ light as an interactive medium to form new photographic abstractions. Each artist approaches their work from a similar point of departure, where they physically seize the photographic paper before it is exposed to any light or image—crushing it, folding it, cutting it—in ways that violate the paper’s smooth, pristine and purely flat integrity. What began as a two-dimensional surface, primed to receive an image, has now been distorted and damaged, seemingly ruined. For these artists, the paper acts as an object and freed from its supporting role as carrier of an image. And, the object per se, interacts with light and physically transforms into a new kind of material object.