Jo’burg’s trolley-pushers and junk recyclers have inspired many artists, including urban geographer Ismail Farouk and “plastic painter” Mbongeni Buthelezi.
Now an exhibition, Transference, “explores a new artistic interpretation of the cosmopolitan trade that has become a new phenomenon of business in the inner city”. The work of Vumelani Sibeko and Senzo Shabangu includes printmaking, painting and sculpture. The exhibition is curated by Portia Malatji.
Johannesburg Art Gallery Project Space, February 26 to April 22.
Matthew Krouse is the arts editor of the Mail & Guardian, a position he has held since 1999. He has edited two anthologies: Positions (Steidl, Jacana Media 2010) about artists engaging with politics in South Africa today, and The Invisible Ghetto (GMP, 1994) a compilation of creative writing about gender. His essays have appeared in collected works about arts and culture here and abroad. He has worked in the theatre for over a decade as an actor, writer and senior publicist at the Market Theatre. Read more from Matthew Krouse