5/21/12

Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Thabiso Sekgala for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

I just got back from a long weekend trip to Johannesburg and I think it's probably one of the most interesting cities I've visited. Despite the immense poverty, numerous unsafe neighbourhoods and constant apartheid reminders there are some beautiful examples of how the city is being rebuilt. Shoe Shop was one of the highlights of my visit and is one of the best community projects I've come across in awhile. The project explores and reflects on human movement and migration in public spaces through various programs including films, performances, lectures, artist walks, workshops and a photographic poster installation relying on public participation, which is where these beautiful images come from. Visitors to the Shoe Shop pop-up space in Newtown are able to take away these large format print posters, free with a conversation, to hang where they please and then document, geotag and tweet the locations so everyone can visit the expanded public exhibitions. The organizers hope the various installation locations throughout the city will provoke discussion and commentary on the accessibility of art in public spaces. I was able to pick up a few of my favourite prints and am really looking forward to hanging some around here and to taking a few home as gorgeous reminders of this place.

photo by Emmanuel Bakary Daou for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Emmanuel Bakary Daou for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Fatoumata Diabate for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Emmanuel Bakary Daou for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Emmanuel Bakary Daou for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Fatoumata Diabate for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Thabiso Sekgala for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg      photo by Thabiso Sekgala for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Thabiso Sekgala for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg       photo by Thabiso Sekgala for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

photo by Emmanuel Bakary Daou for Shoe Shop, Johannesburg

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