A gem of a read

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Cry the Beloved Country.  What do we do in times like this? Watch the news to keep abreast?  Weep for those small businesses and informal traders who have lost everything; for all those who will lose their jobs; for the further disruption of the vaccine roll-out; for the possible shortage of oxygen, essential medications, and […]

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Underground tunnels in Central Jozi

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Jeppe Street Post Office 1935 While writing my last post on Art Deco in Johannebsurg, I came across photos in my archive of the Jeppe Street Post Office. Three years ago Laurice Taitz of Johannebsurg In Your Pocket together with JDA and Africa Housing Company [AFCHO] arranged a tour of this 1935 Public Works building.   […]

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Art Deco in Johannesburg

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Buildings competing for Numero Uno  Like many born and bred Jozi-ites I have seen many iterations of this mad brash vibrant city, not least of all the Sandton sky-line.  Glinting glass phalluses compete for attention a la Donkey-of-Shrek fame in a persistent “Choose Me! Choose Me!”.  The bigger, the taller, the more expensive, the more […]

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Jozi suburban street life

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Some things are very South African, in fact probably very Joburg. The cry of the mielie-seller with her trolley, the leather worker on his wonky chair with his pile of shoes and sundry items, single sweets and fruit laid out on a sloping makeshift table at the corner vendor, waste pickers with their massive load […]

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Paul Emmanuel’s Men and Monuments

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Men and Monuments was on show for over a year at the Wits Art Museum  Sadly this post is really a case of “closing the door after the horse has bolted” (in a manner of speaking) … or, put another way, “too little too late”.  I am ashamed to say that Emmanuel’s exhibition at Wits […]

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Folly, Frailty and Fear: Diane Victor’s Solo Show at the University of Johannesburg until 19th May

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This is not flattery “Flattery”: excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one’s own interests. Diane Victor brushes off gratuitous positive feedback. Flattery as a human failing is a strong theme in this solo exhibition. In an interview Victor talked about the vain stupidity of contemporary society in terms of “the infatuation that seems […]

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