I didn’t have time to explore much of the Bensusan, which houses an impressive collection of rare photographic equipment and prints, or the rest of Museum Africa. I’ll have to go back soon for another post. Last night we were there for the opening of an exhibition by our friend Eva-Lotta Jansson called “My (Art) Burg.”
Eva-Lotta is a photojournalist with a passion for Joburg and the creativity that seems to breed in every corner of this crazy city. She spent the last several months talking to some of the most influential people in the Johannesburg artistic community, and taking photographs of them in places around the city that are meaningful to them. The photographs are paired with audio recordings of the artists talking about how Joburg made them who they are.
An exhibition like this is best experienced rather than described. But Joe and I took a few shots of the evening that I want to share.
I was listening to a recording of world-renowned photographer David Goldblatt. His account of an Indian family being forcibly removed from their home and shop under apartheid is chilling, as is Eva-Lotta’s photo of Goldblatt standing beneath the remains of the home. (Photo courtesy of Joe.)
If you live in Joburg, come check out My (Art) Burg through April 17.