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Reflections on architecture: See photographer Mpho Mokgadi’s Instagram takeover

This weekend, photographer Mpho Mokgadi took over our Instagram page to share remarkable architectural images. From Sicily in Italy to Barcelona and inner-city Johannesburg, he speaks about the cultural, economic and political significance the built environment has on the present and future.

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#mphomokgaditakeover: 'In Situ' is my body of work about Johannesburg architecture, which reflects on the contemporary state of several key architectural structures in Johannesburg’s inner city. The body of work comprises views of some well-loved landmark structures and their stark interiors. The selctions intentionally places emphasis on the literal absence of the figurative. Several of these buildings, like dormant vaults, carry the names of the giant corporate entities that were directly responsible for or invested in their erection. Many of these were direct result of the architectural boom that occurred at the height of the Apartheid era’s economic prosperity, built on the very backs of those it sought to exclude. One cannot ignore the troubling legacy that these structures denote. – @mphomokgadi

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#mphomokgaditakeover: This body of work – 'In Situ' – reflects on the contemporary state of several key architectural structures in Johannesburg’s inner city. And comprises views of some well-loved landmark structures and their stark interiors. The selctions intentionally places emphasis on the literal absence of the figurative. Several of these buildings, like dormant vaults, carry the names of the giant corporate entities that were directly responsible for or invested in their erection. Many of these were direct result of the architectural boom that occurred at the height of the Apartheid era’s economic prosperity, built on the very backs of those it sought to exclude. One cannot ignore the troubling legacy that these structures denote. – @mphomokgadi #photographymonth17

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#mphomokgaditakeover: 'In Situ' – my body of work on Johannesburg architecture – reflects on the contemporary state of several key architectural structures in Johannesburg’s inner city. It comprises views of some well-loved landmark structures and their stark interiors. The selctions intentionally places emphasis on the literal absence of the figurative. Several of these buildings, like dormant vaults, carry the names of the giant corporate entities that were directly responsible for or invested in their erection. Many of these were direct result of the architectural boom that occurred at the height of the Apartheid era’s economic prosperity, built on the very backs of those it sought to exclude. One cannot ignore the troubling legacy that these structures denote. – @mphomokgadi

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