Siemon Allen at JCAF 2023

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Siemon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 All four of the Otherscapes installations at JCAF , showing in 2023, are intriguing and through-provoking.  But for me the initial visual impact of Seimon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 was the most powerful. From afar this installation reads as some huge, abstract, gridded colour-field painting. As one goes closer the […]

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Stitches that heal body and soul: the Keiskamma Tapestry exhibition at Constitution Hill 2022

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Umaf’ evuka, nje ngenyanga /Dying and Rising as the Moon Does  This is the title of the exhibition of tapestries made by the artists’ collective: Keiskamma Art Project, currently displayed at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a site of contradiction. It has a painful past where men and women were imprisoned: a few were criminals, […]

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Jewel City, Maboneng, Johannesburg 2022

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Diamonds and Dust: Johannesburg Heritage Tour     At last … breaking free from 2 years of on-line tours of Jozi’s heritage. In early February I joined a live walking tour of Jewel City and Maboneng with Dave Gurney and Alkis Doukakis of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.  We met at the Hallmark Hotel with its impressive […]

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Being a tourist in my own city: Part III

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While Parts I and II of Being a Tourist in my Own City spoke about the tours that are on regular offer, the tours here either only happen annually or are once offs.  Hopefully the weekend of #JoziWalks will happen again this winter.  #JoziWalks sponsored by the the JDA (the Johannesburg Development Agency)   This is […]

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Being a tourist in my own city Jozi – Part II

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After 2 years of varying levels of Lockdown it seems that there is light at the end of the social distancing tunnel (I’ve almost forgotten how to hug!). My last post started looking at Jozi’s explorers who introduce locals and internationals to new and exciting (and sometimes inaccessible) places.  Here are several more of these […]

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