KAK STREET SCENE
GREATMORE STUDIOS, CAPE TOWN
I spent three months working at Greatmore Studios. This residency was an introduction to South African culture; to observe and be observed. While in these breathe-taking surroundings, it would often feel like time was standing still. It is therefore not surprising that Cape Town carries the nickname “Slaapstad” (translated: Sleepy City).
To appropriately present my 4-page spoof "KAK", I took the liberty to engage the entire gallery space within Greatmore Studios. By using the typical pastel colours of the Bo-Kaap area and some props found outside the studio (empty crates, signage, benches, washing line), I reproduced the street scene outside and treated “KAK” like a real newspaper. South African artist Nomthunzi Mashalaba also contributed to the exhibit.
Next to “KAK”, I presented a new comic, based on a performance by Simphiwe Dana I had seen in Tagore's Jazz Club in Observatory. The comic is an attempt to translate the Zulu lyrics of Simphiwe's song, while depicting the legendary Jazz club in full-colour.
Ultimately, a new and interesting method of displaying printed matter in an interactive setting emerged, which proved to be successful. Eventually, this exhibit led to an invitation to join the South African organization Co/Mix at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.