Scrap Ink: When form meets chaos

  Frederick Clarke seems a little hesitant when he shakes my hand. “Are you nervous?” I ask. “No, no it’s not that.” Long pause. He continues, “The less people know about me the better, which is why I’m apprehensive about interviews. I don’t really want to talk about me, and I’d much rather talk to…

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Burning rubber, and money

  I have a story to tell – it’s a story of change,” says Muntu Vilakazi. His current solo exhibition, entitled The Politics of Bling: An Eastrand Culture Quest, brings South Africa’s socio-economic changes – for the good, and for the worse – into sharp focus. Using an unobtrusive camera and shooting from the hip,…

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Bez Valley’s mysterious serpent signs

I have stumbled across something a little peculiar, extremely perplexing, and a whole lot of disturbing. I’ve posted a photo before of this sign, and had assumed that a disgruntled white middle-class woman put it up: a tongue-in-cheek response to the serious dumping problem we have in our area. But things have taken a sinister…

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Representing the ‘wood

  Brett McDougall believes that we all need to be ‘neighbourhood ambassadors’, as the City of Johannesburg isn’t going to do it for us. In the late 90s and early 2000s he seemed to be the only person “stupid enough” to walk around the Jozi CBD. “I gawked at the amazing architecture and ranted about…

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