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Photography – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

Otherscapes: Four Installations by Four Contemporary South African Artists 28 June – 4 November 2023

“Otherscapes proposes surveying the scene of contemporary South Africa through the artistic practices of four contemporary South African artists whose installations can be viewed as ‘scapes’. These address a local context by interrogating the tension between utopia and failure. Siemon Allen, Wim Botha, Sethembile Msezane and Nicholas Hlobo reflect their subjective views of South Africa by embodying narratives that elucidate the complex issues in which the country is entangled.Otherscapes proposes surveying the scene of contemporary South Africa through the artistic practices of four contemporary South African artists whose installations can be viewed as ‘scapes’. These address a local context by interrogating the tension between utopia and failure. Siemon Allen, Wim Botha, Sethembile Msezane and Nicholas Hlobo reflect their subjective views of South Africa by embodying narratives that elucidate the complex issues in which the country is entangled.”

I visited the exhibition last month. The installations are immersive and provocative. It is on until November 4th, 2023 at the JCAF (Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation) in Forest Town. Click here to book your tour.

Here are a few of my images:

Throwback Travels: Bali, December 2014

These images from our short time in Bali in December of 2014 have been lying dormant on a hard drive for almost four years. That’s the drawback of digital, it’s easier to accumulate than it is to execute.

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Pura Tanah Lot

 

A cooking lesson at the Nusa Dua Hotel

 

Pura Bratan

 

Sunrise views from the summit of Mount Batur

Three Days in Jaipur

Amer Fort

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

Jal Mahal

Nahargarh Fort

Jaipur City Palace