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CHOCOLATE CITY







Michael McGarry

http://www.stevenson.info/exhibitionsbs/mcgarry/index.htm

The exhibition will also see the launch of a new publication, Chocolate City, focusing on the once-substantial African diasporic merchant-class community in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. In Guangzhou, a 10 square kilometer area was given the name ‘Chocolate City’ by local taxi drivers due to its large concentration of African migrants. According to official statistics, from 2003 the number of Africans in Guangzhou grew at 30 to 40% annually, and by 2008 there were approximately 100 000 people in the community. Today, following restrictions on visas coupled with raids by immigration agents supported by city police, the African population in Guangzhou is perhaps closer to 20 000 people. These hail chiefly from Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Benin and Mali, with Nigerians comprising the majority of the population. African merchants visit China to trade - to buy DVDs, textiles, shoes and clothing for resale in their home countries. Due to the restrictions of a 30-day visa, high travel costs and the need to remain in Guangzhou, many Africans are left with little choice but to overstay their visas. They are declared by Chinese authorities as ‘triple illegal persons’ - illegal to enter the country, illegal to reside in the country, illegal to work in the country. The Chocolate City publication presents an idiosyncratic and epistemological response to, and manipulation of, the given subject - questioning the inherent logic and assumptions of documentary photography and portraiture, and opening the frame to fiction, conjecture and recreation. The publication will be available in standard and limited editions.”

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SALIF AT THE SOWETO THEATRE

there are singers and then there are people like salif keita. what he manifests and fulfills in this existence with song, is other worldly.


Photo by Lodi Matsetela

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DIRTY PARRAFIN

INTUMA

HUGO GO

2011 work from Pieter Hugo via Thato Mogotsi at the Stevenson Gallery

There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends (2011)

Montle Moorosi, Cape Town, 2011

Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper

Image size: 46cm x 36.7cm

Paper size: 56cm x 47cm

Edition of 5 + 2AP


a self portrait?

Pieter Hugo, Cape Town, 2011

Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper 

Image size: 46cm x 36.7cm

Paper size: 56cm x 47cm 

Edition of 5 + 2AP


Yasser Booley, Cape Town, 2011

Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper 

Image size: 46cm x 36.7cm

Paper size: 56cm x 47cm

Edition of 5 + 2AP


Rob van Vuuren, Cape Town, 2011
Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper
Image size: 46cm x 36.7cm
Paper size: 56cm x 47cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP


Stacy Hardy, Cape Town, 2011
Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper
Image size: 46cm x 36.7cm
Paper size: 56cm x 47cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP


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THE RAND CLUB

The Rand Club April 13th 2012
Chloe Coetzee’s 30th
The Billiards Room







kudzi chiurai and brett rubin


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SNAPS 2

breakfast in stonetown


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SNAPS

yesterday’s sunset


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TAN-ZA-NIA …more

A wood and hide chair Aparna spotted on Jambiani beach.

Mohamed the somalian/dane architect working on a site in stonetown we went partying with

My leather bracelets all of which i later lost in the ocean.

The very pretty Hibuscus juice i had at the eatery opposite our hotel Clove Hotel

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life after STRCRD

the ruins of STRCRD are pretty awesome. they’re now a playground for jeppestown kids under 10. how awesome is that?

well done to everyone who put together the event ! i’d congratulate you myself if i know who you were.

read up on strcrd from them

http://strcrd.com/

and what mahala pop cult mag said about the event

http://www.mahala.co.za/culture/another-tale-of-two-cities/ - by montle moroosi

http://www.mahala.co.za/culture/anatomy-of-a-street-culture-festival/ - by Atiyyah Khan