Through this new series, Sam Nhlengethwa takes us on a journey through the City that we know and that he experienced whilst working in and around Johannesburg. Focusing on a series of popular buildings, places and faces that have meant something to him over the years, using his art, he gives us a tour of what is home to the many local and migrant workers living and travelling through central Johannesburg.
The work includes places such as the Market Theatre and Constitution Hill as well as popular night spots such as Kitcheners and the now closed down Orbit where The J&B Hive stands today. You will also find local small business’, construction workers busy on site and long lines of commuters waiting on their taxi’s to arrive in a busy town. The billboards and traffic in the horizon reflect a buzzing yet tired city, making his work an authentic non-glamorous snapshot of an ordinary day in Johannesburg. His purpose is to archive and reflect the present moment for future generations to see how the City looked today and how the majority lived in it and navigated through it.
Speaking to the Goodman Gallery he said,
“When you look at what photographers like David Goldblatt did in the past, some of those structures no longer exist, but they’re on record. It’s about memory, more than just architecture”.
His colorful series Joburg Selected features lithographic prints, sketches, paintings as well as mixed media works on canvas.
Check out our video below of his Exhibition.
Read more about the artist on Goodman Gallery website HERE