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Lost in Context

For me, an aesthetic of contemporary African cityness is rendered visible in the unlikeliest of spaces and situations, but when revealed, can alter perceptions of time, places and spaces. My photography is not only about documentation. It is also about exploring the visual language of the city: a language that is replete with nuance and humour and always in a constant state of flux. The series Lost In Context could be read as a critique of the enclaved and fear-based lives so familiar in our cities, but of equal interest is the beauty in the absence. Each remnant of glue has been carefully, and aesthetically considered, and read together reveals an alternative typography of the city. These urban hieroglyphics – part calligraphy, part Morse code – communicate an accustomed urban story. They could be read as wounds – the unsightly backside of city living – but I prefer to read them as an aesthetic and affective conversation in time and space, lost in familiar contexts. They are critical gestures, like a music score of urban liminality. The titles are place markers, points on a map providing an alternative reading of the spatial segregation and uncertainty still prevalent in South African cities.


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