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November 03, 2006

The Trinity Session


UrbaNET – Hillbrow / Dakar / Hillbrow

Inspired by encounters with francophone immigrants in Hillbrow (a neighbourhood of Johannesburg’s inner city, notorious today for its state of urban decay and influx of African immigrants) Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter (for their contribution to the Dak’Art Biennale ‘Off’ Programme) interviewed a group of Senegalese immigrants asking them to draw maps of Dakar, which Hobbs/Neustetter used to navigate the city during their two week residence in May 2006. The culminating exhibition at the Ker Thiossane residency space in Dakar presented a series of wall paintings and stills projections that reflected on the interactions and engagements resulting from navigating Dakar on foot and visiting colleagues and friends of the Senegalese immigrants.

Returning to Johannesburg, the project has been featured at the “Sightings / Site-ings of the African City” conference held at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research in June, and a project page has been commissioned for the September 2006 issue of Art South Africa. The project returned to the Senegalese Immigrants as an audio-visual presentation and action-reflection session (on the comparative findings between Johannesburg and Dakar) held at Chez Ntemba night-club in Hillbrow.

UrbaNET – Hillbrow / Dakar / Hillbrow will find its conclusion in a drawing, photography and video installation in Johannesburg in 2007. Download: project visuals.

Posted by jo at November 3, 2006 03:53 PM