Between 10 and 5 http://10and5.com The South African creative showcase Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:28:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 WISHLIST: The Creative, Anelisa Mangcu http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/wishlist-the-creative-anelisa-mangcu/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/wishlist-the-creative-anelisa-mangcu/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:28:06 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=92642

  Anelisa Mangcu is a freelance photographer and blogger of The Creative and Perfectly Tailored. She’s a self-branding success story and your fashion friend. If you know her, you’ll know a girl who is always friendly, well-articulated, interested to chat […]

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Anelisa Mangcu is a freelance photographer and blogger of The Creative and Perfectly Tailored. She’s a self-branding success story and your fashion friend. If you know her, you’ll know a girl who is always friendly, well-articulated, interested to chat and, as you’d expect, well dressed. And she’s worked incredibly hard to make her vision happen. Her style stands out as uniquely Anelisa-esque, so we found out what her locally inspired WISHLIST is.

 

 

1 / Smith & Abrahams – 2bop Hemelse Hockey Jersey

I can always count on street culture’s finest to produce the perfect garments for a tomboy like me.

 

 

2 / Head Honcho – HH Summer 2014 Range – Female Range

I have been fortunate witnessing the start of this brand and watching it grow into the empire that it is.

 

 

3 / Fundi – Jaggard Tripod Table Lamp Grey

It is crafted from linen and viscose, and will complete any contemporary living or working space.

 

 

4 / MaXhosa by Laduma

A local designer that has taken traditional Xhosa attire by storm, with his modern approach to knitwear.

 

 

5 / Simon Deporres  – jacket

I love wearing menswear.

 

 

 

 

 

6 / Missshape – Thithi Nteta for Missshape Ambassadors – Army green Biker Dress

It is a classic piece that can be dressed up or worn casually.

 

 

7 / Young and Lazy – Big Logo Crewneck

You can never go wrong with a minimalistic designed crew neck.

 

 

8 / Alice Toich Art

She is an incredible qualified designer and artist whose pieces should be invested in.

 

 

9 / Jade De Waal’s cookbook – Food Jamming with Jade

Each recipe is based on staple ingredients, keeping in mind good food, on a budget, with limited time and cooking equipment. This book is perfect for an amateur like me.

 

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10 / SULTAN by Taahir Isaacs – Jacket

My business partner and overall designer who is incredibly talented and perfects everything he does. See me wearing it here.

 

 

 

Explore more local gift ideas in our product listing and see the stores who stock them in our directory.

 

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The Minimal-List | 16 Creatives Keeping It Simple http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/the-minimal-list-16-creatives-keeping-it-simple/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/the-minimal-list-16-creatives-keeping-it-simple/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:46 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=93865

Minimalism speaks of restraint: it’s about adding nothing more, or less, than what is essential. This can easily translate to be harsh or uninspiring, but a minimal approach can also lead to something that is aesthetically beautiful and truly satisfying. […]

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Minimalism speaks of restraint: it’s about adding nothing more, or less, than what is essential. This can easily translate to be harsh or uninspiring, but a minimal approach can also lead to something that is aesthetically beautiful and truly satisfying. This is what we wanted to highlight in our minimal-list, which features work by 16 creatives that is understated, but impactful. While some of what you’ll see might not adhere to the technical definition of the word entirely, it serves as an example of minimal use of colour, line, form, etc. or a minimalist approach. Take a scroll through and enjoy the mid-week escape.

 

MUTE by Jenevieve Lyons

 

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MUTE by Jenevieve Lyons is an expression of wearable simplicity whereby garments are intricately designed and constructed with the use of high quality textiles. The ready-to-wear collection articulates an aesthetic of ‘oddity’, which is filtered through the conceptual side of the brand, continuing the central theme of visual parable.

 

Read an interview with Jenevieve on her bold approach to minimalism.

 

 

Illustrations by Jaco Haasbroek

 

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“It’s quite basic – the main driving force behind my work is usually an idea or concept. I try not to take it too seriously. I like a play on words and drawing faces on things,” Jaco Haasbroek says of his approach. Earlier this year, he was comissioned with his favourite project to date: to refresh the Chappies facts by bringing a whopping 170 new ones to life through simple line illustrations.

 

Jaco tells us more about his simple, tongue in cheek work.

 

 

 Art publications designed by Gabrielle Guy

 

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Book design is a kind of art in and of itself, and nowhere more so than in the case of art publication design. This is the area of expertise of Cape Town based graphic designer Gabrielle Guy, who has developed a repuation for her careful attention to detail and considered approach. Describing her design aesthetic she says: “It’s very minimal, very ‘non’. Almost like I’m doing nothing at all.” The book she designed for Zander Blom, below, is an example of her refined style.

 

We spoke to Gabrielle about her work and why she thinks good design should be obvious.

 

 

Photographs by Willem-Dirk du Toit, with styling by Sonia Rentsch

 

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South African-born photographer Willem-Dirk du Toit has been shooting advertising and fashion around the globe for the past nine years. In his diverse portfolio, a few particularly eye catching series of photograhs are those he created in with long-time collaborator and stylist, Sonia Rentsch. Speaking of their methods, Willem says: “Our creative process from inception to final product is always very dynamic. Our key approach is usually to simplify and move away from the obvious and then add a splash of colour.”

 

Read an interview with Willem-Dirk about his background, influences and interest in the technical aspects of photography.

 

 

Found object sculptures by Ruann Coleman

 

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Born and raised in Johannesburg but living and working in Stellenbosch, Ruann Coleman is a young artist seeking balance. His works consists of found objects sourced from nature and junk yards that he shapes or distorts so that they become free-standing sculptures or balance precariously against one another, in a way that’s more than a little frustrating to figure out. His work, decieving in its simplicity, often elicits the age-old musing, “Is it art?”.

 

In the lead up to the FNB Joburg Art Fair earlier this year, we visited Ruann in studio.

 

 

Black and white photographs by Warren van Rensburg

 

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Warren van Resnburg’s photographs are beautiful because they get straight to the point. There’s no visual trickery but rather, evidence of an artist who knows what he wants out of an image. Born in Vereeniging, “the land of dreams”, Warren has been shooting professionally since 2002 and cites music, fly fishing and people as his biggest inspirations.

 

For something a little different, read an interview by Stef Naude / ST[E]AK on behalf of Warren and see more of his work.

 

 

Pieces by Gregor Jenkin Studio

 

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Led by Gregor Jenkin, the small team that make up Gregor Jenkin Studio are interested not in producing design or art but rather, in the physical act of creation and manufacture. With design as a by-product of this age old process, the studio sets out to come up with solutions to certain problems and to find new ways of doing things. This attention to process, combined with Gregor’s reimagining of everyday objects, forms the foundation for an authentic set up producing niche products which are at once thoughtful and thought-provoking.

 

 

Abstract landscape paintings by Alexia Vogel

 

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It’s so easy to get lost in the work of Alexia Vogel, a young emerging artist who is championing a fresh approach to the tradition of landscape painting. “A lot of my work,” she says, “stems from old family photographs in which the landscape is prevalent. There is something very romantic and endearing about these images and places that – along with sentimentality – have sparked my need to paint. I consider all of my paintings landscapes, even the most abstract ones. I see them as colour fields that are extensions of the images I look at.”

 

Alexia tells us more about graduating from Michaelis and her thoughts as a young artist in Cape Town.

 

 

‘Mono’ typeface by Ateljee

 

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The Mono typeface by Ateljee – the Joburg based brainchild of Fred Swart, Jaco Burger and Helene Botha – was designed over an on-off period of six months. The main idea was to create a typeface reminiscent of the elementary letters drawn when first learning how to write. The concept behind creating letterforms was to create a powerful way of communicating words and ideas, using a very simplistic and clear approach. This stripped down way of “writing” is achieved by using geometric shapes as building blocks of the typeface, circles for the lowercase and rectangles for the uppercase glyphs – giving the feeling that a document is “written” and not “designed”.

 

See more and read about Ateljee’s philosophy to move away from cluttered, stuffy design and instead focus on the function of an object.

 

 

Klomp Ceramics by Alexia Klompje

 

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A woman of many skills, Alexia Klompje launched Klomp Ceramics from her home studio in Cape Town just under a year ago. Since then she has created four collections of hand crafted ceramics and her pieces, which are bold in their simplicity, each tell a unique story.

 

Read an interview with Alexia about her creative roots, aesthetic development and what inspires her.

 

 

YOH! ‘On Sight’ lookbook photographed by Travys Owen

 

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YOH! – the ‘creative outlet’ of Patrick Visser and Raees Saiet – launched their debut streetwear range this year. ‘On Sight’ is a monochromatic, minimalist reflection of the time it exists in; the revival of 90s fashion, symbols and big brand logos meets the age of text-based communication and the emoticon. For the lookbook, the duo enlisted Travys Owen to shoot the images at his apartment/pop-up studio in the stark style that is becoming his signature.

 

Watch the accompanying video by Adriaan Louw which follows a YOH!-clad clique through the streets of Cape Town.

 

 

Photographs by Lisa Ting Chong

 

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Lisa Ting Chong is a graphic designer living and working in Cape Town. As a member of rsa_minimal, she also has a much loved Instagram account (with 18k followers and counting) dedicated to all things beautiful and serene. She describes her style of photography as “minimalism with an element of surprise” and is drawn to finding moments of calm in every day life.

 

 

Furniture by Jasper Eales Original

 

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“A need for functionality, usability and simplicity is the general starting point of all my products,” says Jasper Eales, who believes that one should never over design something but rather, refine it to its simplest functioning form. Shown here, the physical iterations of this philosophy include Jasper’s Plank Shelf and Long Leg Mirror.

 

 

Renee Nicole Sander’s graduate collection

 

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“I have always been attracted to minimalistic forms and pale colours. Various shapes in natural or man-made forms are projected into my designs as I love structured objects. Awkward proportions always catch my eye and I try to incorporate this element into my designs,” says Renee Nicole Sander. Currently working as a fashion assistant Renee graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology last year. Her graduate collection (photographed by Kent Andreasen) was inspired by glacier formations. “Looking at these formations from afar and close up,” she says, “I was able to use these interesting shapes and textures and transfer them into my collection. As glaciers are often pale and brooding, I felt that this best described my design aesthetic as I am attracted to simplistic designs with depth in their form.”

 

Renee tells us more about her graduate collection and where her interest in fashion originated.

 

 

Multidisciplinary design studio CLRS & Co.

 

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CLRS&Co. is a multidisciplinary design studio that, in their own words, “positions diverse work spaces around the same table, forming a platform for attentive translation of the obscure into a precise, handmade geometry.” Drawing on the strength of their conceptual ability, CLRS&Co. produce work across the disciplines of graphic design, photography, visual merchandising, copywriting, illustration and installation.

 

Project credits:

Client: School of Light | Creative director: Marcii Goosen | Art directors: Claire Johnson and Bruce Mackay | Copywriter: Sarah Claire Picton | Font coding: Roman Steinmetz | Photographer: Mareli Esterhuizen

 

Read an interview with the studio’s founder, Marcii Goosen, and see more work by CLRS&Co.

 

 

 

 Rodan Kane Hart

 

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Rodan Kane Hart is an artist creating experiential structures and sculptures inspired by the architectural forms found in the urban environments of Johannesburg and Cape Town. Influenced by his own experience of the cities in which he has lived, the fabricated and structured aesthetic of his work is an attempt to highlight the constructed and foreign nature of the South African city. With the belief that an audience’s response is a vital component when it comes to making relevant art, Rodan endeavours to elicit an emotional response through the gesture of art.

 

 

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Simultaneously Familiar and Strange | Southern Guild shows at Design Miami http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/simultaneously-familiar-and-strange-southern-guild-shows-at-design-miami/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/simultaneously-familiar-and-strange-southern-guild-shows-at-design-miami/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:03:29 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=93916

Southern Guild is joining Design Miami to convey South Africa’s multi-faceted design industry, presenting our stand-out aesthetic to a global audience.

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Southern Guild, established in 2008, is a platform that showcases the best of South African contemporary design with focus on collectible and limited-edition pieces. They support both emerging and established designers, simulating and activating the local industry. Southern Guild exhibitions have become a benchmark for quality and originality, presenting our dynamic and stand-out aesthetic that redefines how local design is perceived within and beyond our borders. This year they’re joining Design Miami, an international design show, with the aim of conveying South Africa’s multi-faceted design industry to a global audience, encouraging networking and facilitating extended opportunity and discourse.

 

South Africa, with both its beauty and challenges, is a place where crafters, artists, planners and creators come together. South African designers are motivated by our past, present and future, producing an aesthetic of intuitive forms and unusual colour combinations with sparks of ingenuity.

 

South African design is artisanal, handmade and cerebral and our designers work in a very personal, exploratory way, with deep cultural relevance and little interest in passing trends. For Design Miami 2014, Southern Guild aims to convey the multi-faceted nature of South African design, which is layered with story telling, political allusion, historical and cultural references and a drawing down into a primal and earth-bound essence. These impulses are expressed through sculptural and graphic forms that seem simultaneously familiar and strange.

 

The event runs from 3 – 7 December and will include work from 20 participating local designers, seen below.

 

 

Andile Dyalvane, Docks Table White

Docks Table White is inspired by Dyalvane’s view from his studio window onto the Docks Yard of the Cape Town harbour.

 

 

Ardmore Ceramic Art, Elephant Vase

Sculptor: Somandla Ntshalintshali | Painter: Jabu Nene | Hand-painted, glazed-earthenware ceramic.

 

 

Atang Tshikare in collaboration with Art in the Forest, Ngwana, Ngwedi and Ngaka

With names meaning Child, Moon and Shaman in Tswana, this is a unique series of 10 objects made from stoneware clay, with surface decoration by Atang Tshikare.

 

 

Babacar Niang,  Bedjenak and Coleoptere 

Senegalese designer Babacar Niang carves wood into the most fantastical forms, adding horn and leather to some of his bespoke seating.

 

 

Beth Diane Armstrong, Reach

Armstrong’s Reach builds on the idea of small, gradual change or deviation in quantity; growing and spreading to cover a surface.

 

 

Bronze Age, Welcome To My World and Skull Candy II – Deep Jungle Apocalypse

The life-size bronze gorilla opens up to function as a liquor cabinet, playfully revealing a smaller gorilla inside the chest cavity as its ‘inner gorilla’, while Skull Candy opens to reveal a candy container within each skull.

 

 

Cheick Diallo, Sekou

This unique tie-dye leather chair makes use of Malawian designer Cheick Diallo’s signature mix of ancient wisdom and modern sensuality.

 

 

Daniella Mooney, Porcelain Catenary Arch with Yogi De Beer and Stone Appreciation

Inspired in part by the Gateway Arch in Missouri, Porcelain Catenary Arch deals with ritual, performance, celebration and finding the sacred within everyday life. Stone appreciation is made from Red Granite, Rustenberg Granite, Soapstone and Panga panga.

 

 

David Krynauw, Haywire Black Ash

The arms on Krynauw’s Haywire chandelier can be manipulated to change its lighting configuration and focus.

 

 

Dokter and Misses, LALA Surma I and II

These drinks cabinets are inspired by the body painting of the Surma people of Ethiopia, a nomadic community that uses bright minerals to embellish the skin. In these cabinets, the colour palette is that of natural pigments: red ochre, yellow sulfur, white kaolin and grey ash.

 

 

Ebrahim EB Assur, Delela Chair

As the recipient of the Southern Guild Design Foundation 2013 Apprentice Award, EB Assur carried out an apprenticeship at revered Master Craftsman Pierre Cronje, which resulted in the inspiration for Delela Chair.

 

 

Gregor Jenkin, TBC

Jenkin’s latest table interprets a familiar form, using industrial material and complex construction.

 

 

Guy du Toit, Improvised Seating

Improvised Seating emulates the casual seating found on building sites but adds an interesting comment by casting these familiar forms – bricks and rocks – in bronze.

 

 

John Murray in collaboration with Paco Pakdoust, Topple

Topple, by artist John Murray and carpet-maker Paco, forms part of a series of limited-edition art carpets commissioned annually for the Southern Guild Collection.

 

 

Justine Mahoney, Beehive, Girl Blowing a Bubble, Masked Boy, Hooded Boy

Mahoney’s bronze-and-enamel figures concern themselves with anodyne suburban existence, the awkwardness of adolescence and the fruitless search for physical perfection.

 

 

Laduma Ngxokolo in collaboration with Yellowwoods Art, Half Square Panel

These handmade glazed ceramic tiles on fibre cement board have been designed by acclaimed textile and knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo, inspired by his Xhosa heritage.

 

 

Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Untitled (After W.B)

Developed from techniques learned through SA artist Wim Botha, Van Heerden’s bench portrays the energy of movement through timber components of sharp, bevelled angles that connect the signature steel top and legs that have become the designer’s signature.

 

 

Madoda Fani, Vessel 1 and Vessel 3

Known for his contemporary monochrome decorating techniques, Fani’s ceramic forms are organic, showcasing designs inspired by Xhosa tradition and simple aspects of nature. Continuing themes include animals, insects and flowers.

 

 

Porky Hefer, Bettina Esca

Bettina Esca, inspired by the scales of the deep-sea Angler Fish, is made from leather, fishnet and steel, and explores Hefer’s continuous fascination for human-size birds’ nests – conceptual precepts that manifest in three-dimensional forms.

 

 

Vogel + Plunkett, Loves Me, Loves Me Not

This table makes humorous reference to the game played with flower petals, and these petals can also be separated to function as smaller occasional side tables.

 

 

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At First Sight | From London to La Coruña with Josh Hayman http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/at-first-sight-from-london-to-la-coruna-with-josh-hayman/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/26/at-first-sight-from-london-to-la-coruna-with-josh-hayman/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:22:14 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=94080

While on an overseas trip with his girlfriend, Josh Hayman captured the feeling of seeing a new place for the first time in a short film, 'At First Sight'.

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While travelling with his girlfriend from London to Coruña, filmmaker Josh Hayman did what he does best and documented the journey. His new short film, At First Sight, captures the wonder and excitement of visiting a new place for the first time. In a lovely montage of everything they encountered throughout the trip we see views of foreign cities, timeless works of art, unfamiliar faces, well known tourist attractions and hidden gems. Makes you want to get on a plane and go somewhere, doesn’t it?

 

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WISHLIST: Conceptual Design Duo Jana + Koos http://10and5.com/2014/11/25/wishlist-conceptual-design-duo-jana-koos/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/25/wishlist-conceptual-design-duo-jana-koos/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:00:31 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=92794

Conceptual design/art duo Jana + Koos share a WISHLIST of the local goods (many the result of creative colabs) they'd love to get their hands on.

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You see those two wearing a bin bag and gold wrapping paper? That’s Jana Hamman and Koos Groenewald, a pair of information designers who joined forces as Jana + Koos a few years ago and have been making a regular appearance around here with their brilliant work ever since. This year the duo art directed not one, but two wonderful lookbooks for Simon and Mary, released a streetstyle range called DROL with me.plus.one, did the branding for production house Darling, and they had a solo exhibition of their work, City of Gold Diggers, in New York. Clearly, their own business thrives on collaboration, and so it’s fitting that a few of the items on their WISHLIST are colabs too. These are the local goods they’d love to call their own:

 

1 / Ben Johnson for L’Mad Collection silk scarf

This is our favourite of the scarf collaborations for L’Mad, we’d probably frame it rather than wear it. The print is incredible.

 

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2 / The CLOUD light by Makers of Stuff

Beautiful design, and the fact that it’s a light is a total extra – we’d happily just have this floating randomly like an actual cloud in our flats.

 

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3 / Damn Good Looking’s round hanging mirror

These individually hand crafted mirrors come in a variety of sizes and delicate raw and painted wood finishes. They’re thin, slick and beautifully made (and very affordable as far as round mirrors go).

 

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4 / Missibaba banana clutch/moonbag

A gold banana moonbag. Not sure we need to even elaborate on this.

 

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5 / A Danielle Clough (aka Fiance Knowles) custom embroidery piece

Danielle Clough has actually managed to create really contemporary needlework. It’s not just cross stitching naughty words; her subject matter, bold threading and bright colours make her once-off pieces very different and very desirable.

 

Danielle Clough custom emrboidery

 

6 / Bao Down limited edition t-shirt colab by YOH! x Beijing Opera

Is it an event? Is it a label? Can we eat it? Who cares – we love the new clothing collaboration between YOH! and one of our top local restaurants, Beijing Opera.

 

YOH x Beijing Opera - Bao Down

 

7 / Signet ring or custom jewellery piece from Pierre-Estienne

We discovered Pierre’s tiny, almost hidden workshop in Cape Town a few years ago, and Jana can hardly visit without walking away with a new piece of jewellery. He custom makes and engraves practically anything you want.

 

Pierre-Estienne signet ring

 

8 / Sootcookie ceramics boxing glove vase

We’ve loved these forever. A boxing glove with flowers inside! They can also be strung up and hung from your ceiling. Perfect!

 

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9 / Dokter and Misses x Ronel Jordaan pebble stool

We could very easily have made our entire list up of Dokter and Misses products. They can do no wrong. But this collaboration that they did with master of felt, Ronel Jordaan, is such a exceptional product of complementary materials and craftsmanship – it deserved a special mention. It’s flawless.

 

Dokter and Misses x Ronel Jordaan

 

10 / An illustration by Nina Torr

Nina just recently did an exhibition called Again and Again at In Toto Gallery. We love her illustrations because they are so arbitrary.

 

Nina Torr, Again and Again

 

Alongside our guest curated WISHLISTS (see Daniel Ting Chong’s and Siki Msuseni’s) we’ve also launched an online directory of SA products and the stores that sell them. Keep an eye on it, there’s lots more on its way!

 

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‘Thread’ wins best film at the 48hr Film Project http://10and5.com/2014/11/25/thread-wins-best-film-at-the-48hr-film-project/ http://10and5.com/2014/11/25/thread-wins-best-film-at-the-48hr-film-project/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:23 +0000 http://10and5.com/?p=93626

This year Silver Bullet with Best Light Films took home 11 awards in the 48 hr film project for their silent film 'Thread'.

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The 48 Hour Film Project is the world’s largest timed film making competition. Now in its 14th year and with over 25 000 films to its credit, the competition’s purpose is to advance and promote filmmaking, prompting teams to write, shoot, edit and score a film within 48 hours. Crews are assigned a genre (drawn from a hat), a character, prop and line of dialogue on the Friday evening, delivering a completed film 48 hours later. It’s a sleepless endeavour that requires quick thinking, improvisation and execution with steady leadership, team work and plenty of resilience.

 

This year Silver Bullet in collaboration with Best Light Films took home an astounding 11 awards for their production ‘Thread’ and they’re allowing us to share it two days in advance. Their film won: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Costumes, Best Musical Score, Best Supporting Actress (Gabriella Pinto), Best Actress (Terry Norton), Best Directing, Best Producer, Best Production Design, and Best Use of Line.

 

“We went into the project with a small competent team, careful to keep an open mind so as not to over think or over prepare a concept that we couldn’t easily reassemble,” says Wayne De Lange of Silver Bullet Productions. The team drew “silent movie” as their genre and spent Friday night and Saturday morning conceptualising and writing their script. “We played around with different characters, themes and ideas. We wanted to avoid resorting to cliché,” says Diana Keam of Best Light Films. “We had an all-female cast spanning four generations, opening up the opportunity to explore subtle and feminine themes.”

 

Shooting began at 11am on Saturday and took the crew into the early hours of Sunday morning. “Our all night brainstorming and writing session on Friday night established an ambitious narrative. Our genre was challenging but we felt we could excel at it. Wayne delivered a spectacular location and managed to produce all our logistical requirements right down to underwater housings,” explains Diane. A rough edit was ready by 7:30am on Sunday, giving the musicians time to compose their score before the final edit was delivered Sunday night.

 

“Collaboration and passion earned us this success,” says Wayne, “without the commitment of our team this challenge would’ve been overwhelming. As it is we’ve managed to create something quite distinctive.”

 

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It’s ART WEEK in Cape Town and there are so many exhibition openings, cultural events and launches that it would be near impossible to attend them all. There’s the Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition at Iziko, group shows at Blank […]

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It’s ART WEEK in Cape Town and there are so many exhibition openings, cultural events and launches that it would be near impossible to attend them all. There’s the Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition at Iziko, group shows at Blank Projects, Stevenson, WHATIFTHEWORLD and Everard Read as well as five graduate shows, to mention only a few. Also look out for Thursday Late, Open Studios, the Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen SS15 launch, the Young and Lazy SS15 release and a street culture edition of The Creative Hustle. Here are all the details:

 

Tuesday, 25 November

 

CPUT Graduate Exhibition

 

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Wednesday, 26 November

 

ART WEEK Cape Town launches.

 

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ART WEEK Cape Town is envisaged as a means of reinforcing the existing strengths of the Cape Town art scene. It aims to create a more robust community of art producers, consumers and appreciators, by acting as a market platform, an information hub and a leisure attraction for locals and tourists. As ART WEEK Cape Town becomes established in the city, it will start to create greater general public awareness about art and the art market, and is therefore an initiative to build sustainability of the art market in South Africa.

 

Visit the ART WEEK website to see the line-up of events.

 

 

Unrest by Hasan and Husain Essop (Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition) is opening at Iziko.

 

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Recipients of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts, Hasan and Husain Essop present a new body of work titled Unrest at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition addresses the notion of global unrest through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, and features the twins’ characteristic large-scale photographic prints, as well as sculptural installations and video works.

 

Government Ave, Company Gardens at 5:30pm.

 

 

The fourth Kunjanimation Film Festival takes place at the Labia.

 

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Curated by Animation SA, the annual event presents some of the world’s top animated feature films, including the best of French animation. This year, in partnership with Pop the Culture, it is also introducing a series of workshops with dynamic leaders in the local industry and icons of the comic and graphic novel fields, to develop South African talent.

 

Find them on Facebook to see the screening and workshop schedule.

 

 

The Design Academy of Fashion hosts their annual graduate fashion show.

 

 

The Design Academy of Fashion

 

 

208 Albert Road, Cape Town from 8pm – 9pm.

Tickets are R180 and for sale on the night.

 

 

AAA’s end of year student exhibition

 

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The AAA advertising school’s exhibition opens at 6pm and runs until Saturday the 29th of November at 12.30pm

 

4th Floor, Manhattan Place

130 Bree Street

 

 

Thursday, 27 November 

 

Thursday Late is taking place in Woodstock.

 

Thursday Late

 

Thursday Late is the mobile edition of First Thursdays and in November it’s taking place in Woodstock. Explore some of Cape Town’s best art galleries, along with open studios, retail stores, music performances, and incredible food. This edition of Thursday Late coincides with Art Week, and includes numerous not-to-miss exhibition openings.

 

Most of the activity will be happening around walkable hubs in Sir Lowry Road and Albert Road from 5pm – 8pm.

See the Facebook event and website for more info.

 

 

The Next Thing You Know, a group show featuring the artists of the gallery and some special guests is opening at Blank Projects.

 

Blank Projects

 

The Next Thing You Know is the third annual group exhibition presented by blank projects which resolves the trilogy comprising When form becomes attitude (2012) and This is the thing (2013). Annuals present opportunity for the gallery and its family of artists to reflect on shifts in individual practises as well as in the gallery as an organism in and of itself.  Compiled with input from the artists, this show looks back at a three year cycle and in doing so prepares to support the ambitious projects of the artists represented. Artists include Igshaan Adams, Jan-Henri Booyens, Kerry Chaloner, Jared Ginsburg, Mário Macilau, Turiya Magadlela, Misheck Masamvu, Kyle Morland, Gerda Scheepers, James Webb with guest artists Mbali Khoza, Mitchell Messina, Jonah Sack.

 

113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm.

On show until 10 January 2015

 

 

 Uncertain Terms, a group exhibition showcasing the work of fourteen artists from across four continents is opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.

 

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The exhibition brings together a group of artists who engage with changing dynamics, either in response to formal issues of materiality within their practice, or as a reaction to broader socio-political themes. In all cases the work is a reaction to dominant hegemonic structures. Whether it be through the direct questioning of western depictions of history, colonialism –and its attendant capitalist enterprises, as in the work of artist Frowhawk Two Feathers, or as in Nico Krijno’s work: which destabilizes the primacy of certain modes of production and the objects through which they manifest.

 

1 Argyle St (Cnr Albert Rd) from 6pm – 8pm.

 

 

Chroma, a group exhibition taking its title from a book of musings on colour by filmmaker Derek Jarman is opening at STEVENSON Cape Town.

 

Chroma

 

The exhibition takes its title from a book of musings on colour by filmmaker Derek Jarman. Written just before his death in 1994, when his vision was failing, the book draws from art history, philosophy, science, medicine and literature, alongside Jarman’s acute observations of his own life, to reflect the extraordinary multiplicity of ways in which colour is experienced and comprehended by the human eye and mind. The exhibition sets out to explore colour from diverse perspectives, and various quotations cited here are extracted from his text. Artists include Zander Blom, Bruno Boudjelal, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Wim Botha, Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Derek Jarman, Samson Kambalu, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Moshekwa Langa, Daniel Naudé, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Deborah Poynton, Walid Raad, Viviane Sassen, Berni Searle and others.

 

Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.

On show from 27 November 2014 – 17 January 2015.

 

 

Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen are launching the SS15 collection in collaboration with Katherine-Mary Pichulik and Steffany Roup.

 

Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen

 

73 Kloof Street from 6pm.

 

 

The Creative Hustle: Street Culture Pop-Up event takes place at Boaston Society.

 

The Creative Hustle: Street Culture Pop-Up event

 

Live SA and British Council Connect ZA bring the next instalment of Creative Hustles event series in Cape Town in partnership with lifestyle concept store, Boaston Society, and creative collective, Jam that Session. The hustle will take over Boaston Society’s space in Long Street in Cape Town and feature a panel discussion with young people and brands who are making waves in street culture. Panel includes Boaston Society founder Elisha Mpofu, Jam That Session co-founder Obie Mavuso, Head Honcho Clothing founder Nick Kaoma, 2Bop Clothing co-founder Anthony Smith, Illustrator and graphic designer Clara Ilena, AndPeople lead creative Kim Smith and Hashtag Radio and SABC 2’s Roughing It Out presenter Vuyolwethu Dubese. Look out for live performances from hip hop artist Andy Mkosi and backpack emcee Sabz, an interaction with a live street art wall by Clara Ilena as well as merchandise from pop up stalls.

 

55 Long Street, 2nd Floor in Cape Town from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

Entrance is free for 18 to 35 year olds, RSVP to get your name on the list.

 

 

Two exhibitions are opening at Everard Read:

 

36 Views of Table Mountain a solo show by Thomas Cartwright is opening at Everard Read.

 

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In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s first solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town. Juxtaposing this natural wonder of the world and the urban infrastructures of Cape Town, Cartwright references this feature of the Mother City rendering 36 unique moments with simplicity and elegance. From far-away viewpoints to close up, within the city centre and out into the more obscure outskirts of the peninsula, none of the paintings are the perfect postcard image we have come to expect of this city.

 

Summer Season Part  I, a group show looking at fresh contemporary painting and sculpture is opening at Everard Read.

 

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3 Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront at 6:30pm.

 

 

Homecoming, the inaugural exhibition at the Southern Guild’s new gallery in Woodstock is opening.

 

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Southern Guild, the premier gallery for collectible, limited-edition South African design now has a permanent home in Woodstock in an exciting gallery space that promises to show the most important design the country has to offer throughout the year.

 

Unit 1, 10-16 Lewin Street, Woodstock from 6pm – 9pm.

 

 

Ghosts by Ralph Ziman is re-opening at the Lovell Urban Gallery.

 

Ghosts by Ralph Ziman

 

Due to popular demand, Ralph Ziman’s photographic body of artworks titled ‘Ghosts’ will be re exhibited at the Lovell Urban and Garagista project space in Cape Town, for the second time during 2014. The photographer and filmmaker’s message behind his work transcends an alluring and brightly colored aesthetic, allowing for commentary and a reevaluation of gun control within the African continent. A long dispute affecting the African continent since the AK 47’s widespread popularity in warfare in recent history.

 

139 Albert Road from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

 

 

#whatiswork Red & Yellow graduate showcase

 

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The Red & Yellow graduate exhibition runs from 27 November to 5 December.

 

95 Durham Avenue, Salt River

 

 

Friday, 28 November

 

Pop-UPDOG is opening at The Old Biscuit Mill.

 

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UPDOG is a collaborative space that brings together brands and creatives to showcase and sell their best products under one roof for one week only. So remember to look UP, dog.

 

Trading hours 10am-5pm at The Bello Studio in the The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road from 28 November to 6 December.

 

 

Young and Lazy launches their SS15 SWAG IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BREATHING range.

 

Young and Lazy

 

Inspired by 2nd hand women’s wear from the 90s, the collection breaks away from monochromatic winter by experimenting with bright, boisterous and unexpected colour combinations. The construction of most of the garments is simple, maintaining the classic Young and Lazy silhouettes, but offering fabrics and colours not seen in the previous two collections.

 

Smith & Abrahams General Dealer and Outfitters, 103 Sir Lowry Road from 6pm – 10pm.

 

 

The Ruth Prowse graduate exhibition is opening.

 

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A showcase of work by graduating Fine Art, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design and Photography students.

 

5 Elson Road, Woodstock from 6pm.

 

 

Open Studios

 

Open Studios

 

Open Studios offers the public rare access to artists ‘ studios over a period of two days. This annual event started with only three studios and 20 artists and has grown to include 21 studios and over a 100 participating contemporary artists in Cape Town. Visit 100+ artists and buy directly from their studios.

 

Observatory, Salt River and Woodstock on Friday 28 November 6pm – 9pm and Saturday 29 November 10am – 4pm.

Find Open Studios on Facebook or visit their website for a list of participating artists and a map.

 

 

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See the next wave of Jozi artists and graphic designers at the Wits grad show and FADA student exhibition, plus two group shows and a solo by Jaco van Schalkwyk.

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See the new wave of Jozi artists and graphic designers at the Wits grad show and FADA student exhibition, plus two group shows and a solo by Jaco van Schalkwyk.

 

Tuesday 25 November 2014 

 

NEWWORK 14 

 

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 NEWWORK is an annual showcase and is in many instances the initial public debut of a new generation of young artists. The exhibition spans a diverse range of media, from performance, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture to multimedia installation and interactive events by the 33 graduating artists of the Division of Visual Arts (DIVA) at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA).

 

Wits Art Museum, Corner of Jorissen Street and Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein

6pm

More info on the Facebook event page and exhibition website.

 

 

FADA Department of Graphic Design – Student Exhibition

 

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Join the UJ Department of Graphic design for the 2014 UJ FADA Exhibition and 2014 Prize-giving for top students. View work from all four years, specifically the graduating Third year and Honours classes of 2014

 

FADA Building, 1 Bunting Road, University of Johannesburg

7pm

More info on the Facebook event page. 

 

 

Wednesday 26th November 2014

 

This Situation (A Guest Show)

 

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An exhibition by visiting artists Lydia Hamann & Kaj Osteroth, Marie Fricout with: Invitation Ramaisa & Wesley Hlongwane, Halfa Pitcha, and Nyakallo Motloung.

 

Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg

5:30pm

More info on the Facebook event page.

 

 

Thursday 27th November 2014

 

New Voices III

 

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A two-man exhibition to celebrate the festive season featuring work by emerging artists Karlien de Villiers and Thonton Kabeya.

 

Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

6pm

More info on the Facebook event page. 

 

 

Also on and worth a look:

 

Topoi, Tropi, Apotropos by Jaco van Schalkwyk

 

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The relationship between art and science, especially mathematics, is at best tenuous, unless one conceives of art as a symbolic language in the same manner that mathematics operates as a system of relational symbols. In his current exhibition Jaco van Schalkwyk, an artist versed in the philosophy of mathematics, introduces us to three new concepts in this regard; topoi, tropi andapotropos, all of which are indicative of the transcendental event: Topoi in the sense of analytical philosophy and the mathematics of appearing, and Tropi and Apotropos in the sense of mystical enquiry.

 

Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark

More info on the gallery website. 

 

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  Books open up new worlds that inspire, educate and entertain us. Reading also builds better brains, especially in the first years of life. Too many children grow up unable to read and write well – skills we ourselves use […]

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Books open up new worlds that inspire, educate and entertain us. Reading also builds better brains, especially in the first years of life. Too many children grow up unable to read and write well – skills we ourselves use every day, but still take for granted. 83% of children in the poorest South African schools have fewer than 10 books at home. Responding to this, Book Dash is a movement that centres on something simple, but very vital: getting more books into the hands of children. They envision a future where each child will own 100 books by the age of 5, which in South Africa means giving away 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them.

 

The biggest hindrance to giving books away for free is that they cost too much purchased from publishers – the cheapest books have no publisher, as the only cost is printing. The only way for Book Dash to work, then, is to bypass publishers altogether and to rely on participants to do their work instead. On a single ‘Book Dash day'; teams of writers, illustrators and designers work quickly to make picture-story books for ages 1 – 5. The beauty of it all is that the books are open-licensed, which means that anyone who wishes to can translate, print and distribute them. Book Dash has banded with local creatives to make 22 books (and counting) that tell inspiring and empowering stories, and they’ve printed and given away 750 of these to date. They’re currently working to make an even bigger dent on their long-term goal by raising funds with a Thundafund campaign and using these proceeds, they will distribute 15000 books to children in need.

 

The concept for Book Dash was developed by Arthur Attwell, Michelle Matthews, and Tarryn-Anne Anderson and it has since grown into a collaboration of volunteers and sponsoring organisations. If you’d like to know more about Book Dash and how to get involved, visit their website: www.bookdash.org

 

Keep up to date with Book Dash on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Below are a few spreads from some of the beautiful books that Book Dash has brought into existence so far.

 

A Fish and a Gift

Illustations by Jesse Breytenbach, story by Liesl Jobson, design and typesetting by Any Thesen.

 

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Maddy Moona’s Menagerie

Illustations by Candace Di Talamo, story by Rachel Zadok, design and typesetting by Nick Mulgrew.

 

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Sleepy Mr Sloth

Illustations by Graham Paterson, story by Paul Kennedy, design and typesetting by Nick Mulgrew.

 

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Zanele Situ: My Story

Illustations by Jesse Breytenbach, story by Liz Sparg, design and typesetting by Andy Thesen.

 

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A Dancer’s Tale

Illustations by Samantha Cutler, story by Thea Nicole de Klerk, design and typesetting by Roberto Pita.

 

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Come back, Cat!

Illustations by Karen Lilje, story by Nicola Rijsdijk, design and typesetting by Sam Scarborough.

 

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Queen of Soweto

Illustations by Mia du Plessis, story by Jessica Taylor, design and typesetting by MarliFourie.

 

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Singing the Truth

Illustations by Louwrisa Blaauw, story by Jade Mathieson, design and typesetting by Bianca de Jong.

 

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Skilpad Soek Sy Huis / Tortoise Finds His Home

Illustations by Katrin Coetzer, story by Maya Fowler, design and typesetting by Damian Gibbs.

 

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Sindiwe and the Fireflies

Illustations by Jano Strydom, story by Cheréne Pienaar, design and typesetting by Tess Gadd.

 

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Siswe’s Smile

Illustations by Genevieve Terblanche, story by Vianne Venter, design and typesetting by Lauren Rycroft.

 

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Graca’s Dream

Illustations by Karlien De Villiers, story by Melissa Fagan, design and typesetting by Marike le Roux.

 

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Mandisa Buthelezi is one of the young breakout photographers from the Durban Centre for Photography’s creative program run by KZNSA Art Gallery. She has created a unique niche for herself by photographing rural scenes at a time when young South Africa is infatuated with township and street photography.

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Mandisa Buthelezi is one of the young breakout photographers from the Durban Centre for Photography’s creative program run by KZNSA Art Gallery. Mandisa has created a unique niche for herself by photographing rural scenes at a time when young South Africa is infatuated with township and street photography. We caught up with the ambitious photographer from Umlazi Township, who is seriously passionate about storytelling and recapturing rural Africa’s relationship with modern urban culture.

 

Please let us know more about yourself?

My name is Mandisa Nonhlanhla Lulama Buthelezi. I am a 23 year old from Umlazi, Durban. I’m also a netball coach. I love cattle. I love culture. I love music. And I love exploring these three interests through photography. I am a photographer.

 

You have an interesting story of how you ended up as a photographer full-time, please elaborate?

Growing up I had never known which career path I would take. That definitely was the defining point leading up to me doing a Construction Management & Quantity Surveying qualification and working for just over two years in the industry post-graduation. Quite frankly I was miserable. The whole surrounding did not define me. But I am thankful that in the midst of that misery I was able to buy myself a camera. It was so refreshing to make photos. It made me so happy. It’s always been an interest, making photos, but I must admit I never thought of myself as a full-on photographer. I had to teach myself to be comfortable with that thought enough to resign from the construction industry and to devote myself wholeheartedly to it. So here I am, making photos. Also in my happiest space I’ve probably ever been since childhood.

 

Creatively, who did you grow up looking up to – inside and outside of photography?

Sports was the centre of my childhood. I lived for it. I did not, in all sincerity, expose myself to any well-known photographers. Reading, though, was and continues to be one of my greatest escapes and I have always been one of those not too much concerned about what the story is but rather how it is told. I think that’s where Marguerite Poland made me fall in love with her gorgeous writing. Beyond that she has immense understanding and knowledge of African culture and she fuses this subject which I am very passionate about with her phenomenal storytelling skills. She continues to inspire me. Even though I am in photography her work seeps through to my inspiration nerve. Photographically right now it is Cedric Nunn. There is so much character in his work. I just feel his respect for culture in the whole mood of his photography making. A gentle photographer but with a driven message, too powerful. Dense story telling through the lens. Truly captivating and certainly inspiring.

 

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How do you face the challenge of developing a unique style and skill-set in your young career?

I cannot stress how important it is for one to undress what works for them as an individual. Everyone, if true to themselves, has a unique style. Capitalize on that. And then research. Fiercely. It’s really about having a conversation with your soul and letting your photos do the final talking. It’s about allowing the camera to teach you things about yourself that you didn’t even know. Then it’s those hidden treasures that require you to master your technical skills so that when executing your photography, there is an exact definition of who you are and what you’re about.

 

As a young female photographer from a township in KZN, what are the current challenges you face?

The township itself is an ocean of challenges, gender and everything in between put aside. The hardest challenge about being a person of the township is living in a township but not falling to its harsh psychological dysfunctions. So many psychological breakdowns it almost feels like a prison. Now to try to escape that mentally alongside choosing to take the road less travelled is heavy.  It’s hard to explain concept photography in that kind of space. It’s hard to be understood. It’s even harder to get a support system going on. People won’t support something they do not understand. Maybe it is the constant winds of hardships surrounding the township that make concept photography something hard to try to understand. The current challenge is this; making photos anyway.

 

Your current work re-visualizes a space that has been rather neglected by young South Africa, especially with the current rise in street and township photography within youth culture. What has inspired you to want to make rural South Africa a subject?

I am a person who finds culture interesting. I have an indescribable passion for cattle. It is through being in the construction industry that I have enjoyed the space of the people from the rural areas most. The buildings stand tall and it is because of their hands. I particularly fell in love with the way they expressed themselves and the zeal they possessed when speaking about home. Portions of choosing rural photography lay in the fact that I grew up in a township and I have no experience of rural life whatsoever, but my main influence was the love of culture and identity. I have, with my camera, decided to bridge the gap between my passion and the lack of rural experience I have to make rural/cultural photography a subject. It’s me.

 

How important is content versus form in rural photography? Do you think one plays a stronger role than the other?

At some point the marriage between a captivating narrative of a photograph (through its composition) and its content (story) has to take place. The one enhances the other, I feel. Photographically how one frames the subject is an entry point on how you view the content. And I guess it’s what separates a good photo from a bland one; the fusion between these two factors and exceptionally executing it.

 

What do you want your viewers to take from your work?

Everything is art. Everything has its own beauty as much as it has its own story. And as a photographer I would love for the photo of the story to without fail illustrate the beauty of the subject, whether it’s a lovely to look at beauty, or a sad or dark kind of beauty. That piece of history I freeze with my camera, I want it to form part of the echoed richness of culture, identity and happiness in self.

 

How do would you say social media has reinvented the role of the photographer?

Social media gives a wider platform to show work. Beyond self-recognition, used correctly, it’s an excellent tool to read about what’s happening industry-wise, learning and growing. It’s getting extremely difficult though to establish oneself as a professional photographer mainly so because technology allows more access to cameras and everyone is photographing away. Considering the social terrain, content is rarely a point interest if it is not aligned with what is trending. You get only a selected number pushing you especially if it is still the establishing phases of your career. So it can be a challenge driving out what you’re about when there’s an influx of photos swimming in social media. Passion alone can be very difficult to sustain so to some degree there has to be a set of skills one uses to be in the loop with industry and to get your work out there.

 

On a lighter note, what work would constitute your dream project right now?

Travelling all over Africa and photographing different cattle breeds and their herdsmen and headmistresses. Just that.

 

And then there is your taste for vintage and contemporary jazz at such a young age… care to indulge us?

Jazz hits the centre of me. A messy, messy music but absolutely delightful to the soul. There is just so much expression in it, like every instrumentalist is in his own zone but man do they make sense even when they’re put together. I highly doubt it has anything to do with my upbringing because there wasn’t much, if any, musical influence there. It just came. And it stayed.

  

What’s next for Mandisa?

More travel within rural South Africa. Making some documentaries. Exhibiting. Great things, I pray, great things.

 

Otherwise, where can we follow your work

My tumblr blog, Risoul.

 

 

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