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Movement and its limitation within an environment (2017)

Movement and its limitation within an environment responds to the vibrancy of partaking in an assemblage, and to the ambivalence of living in a borderland. The sketching process employed in the making of the artworks occurs through an interface between painting, sculpting and printing. It entails a movement between the painterly and the linear, and of opacities and translucencies. The sketches and paintings dwell on a sense and experience of place: they are speculative; they are arrangements of possible encounters, and they are expressions of the uncertainties entailed in a human relationship to place. The works explore the clusters of influence in which people find themselves, and the possibility for movement through an increasingly restricted world. .

The blog entries for Movement and its limitation within an environment cover a range of seemingly tangential subject matters in a broad relation to the work. The entries are notes rather than essays. They are ideas being highlighted momentarily during the making-thinking process. The blog entries grouped together on this page, therefore, will document aspects of the working and thinking process. Some of the works that are created will be presented in an exhibition, a type of visual-spatial presentation, opening at David Krut Projects on 31 August 2017.

A sustained presence by using a logic of the area: making and talking as research

A point when I started having sustained conversations with people was when we moved into our shops. In my shop, I started painting a mural. The mural which I made in my shop, attempted to work through some of the experiences…

A social space in-between business practices

Some of the most insightful moments I have had about Ethiopian and Eritrean activities in Jeppe Street have been from encounters and social events outside of Jeppe Street. At weddings and music festivals, suddenly, if still somewhat restrained, I was…

Brand products, cultural branding and its policing

Most of the product in the area is directly imported goods from China. There are global business such as McDonald’s. Then there are global clothing brands, and counterfeit brands. These products from a global economy are cheap, are desirable and…

Money, proxies, and participation

Showing support for this project or not seemed to be a contentious issue in the area. The general response to this project was disregard and disinterest to our presence. The traders and business owners make money, not art projects. This…

A community of proximities and spies

What has struck me is that this community of Ethiopians and Eritreans, regardless of their past conflicts in their home countries, remain in proximity in South Africa, and in some ways, continue the to struggle through the memory of past…

Understanding stories as relational: the human and the non-human

People’s anecdotes, greetings, excuses, lies, jokes, invitations and questions certainly did captivate much of my attention, but so did the stories and narratives visible in gestures, clothing, jewellery and cars, and also buildings, shops, stalls, restaurants and streets. Together, these…

The stories created by people and goods are real

Jeppe Street may be approached as multiple layers of stories that intersect or remain imperceptible: they are told to people in confidence and kept from others. People create groups, create successes or betray each other. People look out for each…

Research interests and aims in the Jeppe Research Project

The Jeppe Research Project was a project in which the Wits School of Arts (WSOA) participated alongside the WITS School of Architecture and the WITS School of Law within the Jeppe Street Ethiopian and Eritrean business sector. The intention of…

MoVE, Participation, and Partnerships

In the introduction of the Handbook of Arts-Based Research Patricia Leavy (2017) lists various properties of arts-based research. One of these properties is that arts-based research methods are open to participation. Arts-based research methods, and the projects they occur within, require participation.…

Paintings and Sculpture

For the last few years I have been working with an idea that while paintings can relay a subject matter through an image, they are also bodies that have an influence on the bodies around them. In this sense I…

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