I went to gallery Michael Stevenson in Cape Townthe other day and saw the pictures of Pieter Hugo. Worth to check it out and/or his website.
Here you can get DVD’s and books of my hero Pippi Langstrumpf (Pippi Longstocking).
Viveca Serlachius is the Swedish actress, that played Pippi Langstrumpf (born, 2.3.1923; died 9.1.1993). I found a picture of her, when she was a little older (she still had a Pippi-look).
Pic found on unilang
This beautiful, always vintage-looking girl (always gets compliments from the fashion crowd) is my new colleague Verena, also from G (Germany). We spend our days journalisting together as well as running, surfing and checking out spots. The pictures weren’t a shoot… just “quickly” while doing all the important things. Verena, welcome to CT, lots of pics will surely follow. Toni x
Remember Araminta de Clermont? Nope, then read this. She will exhibit what I spoke with her about.
Araminta de Clermont “A New Beginning”
29th September – 30th October, 70 Loop Street @ Joao Ferreira Gallery
This body of work, photographed between July 2009 and August 2010, focuses on recently initiated young Xhosa and Sotho men living in the townships surrounding Cape Town.
With their families often having found themselves displaced from rural, historically beleaguered areas like The Eastern Cape, or Lesotho, (usually for economic reasons) these young men, living in the marginalized sprawls of urban shack-lands, are holding onto their own traditions and precious cultures.
For the majority of these young men, the initiation process is a watershed, an apparent opportunity to start a fresh new way of being.
For up to 6 months after his time in the bush, a newly initiated man will wear clothing which denotes his status as a new man, showing that he has left childhood behind, has gone through the circumcision process (with all the accompanying challenges) and has entered a new phase of life, maturity, and responsibility.
This outward demonstration of an inner change is a hugely significant part of the process, and a great source of pride. “It is a great honour to wear these clothes”, said most of the men photographed. Such outfits also serve to remind the new men to behave befittingly and respectfully in this period of transition.
Subscribing to certain rigorous guidelines, (though the styles of the components are left to the individual’s personal tastes and influences), such attire is instantly recognizable within a particular culture. “New” Xhosa men, or Amakrwala, will wear blazers, buttoned up shirts, and hats. Trousers and shoes must be smart. “New” Sotho men, or Makolwane, will wear traditional blankets, hats, and beads.
Older men who see the newly initiated man wearing such an outfit will often stop him in the street to congratulate him on his new standing. Unknown people will engage with him on a completely different level than if he were dressed in his normal clothes. As these suits demand immediate respect, so too do the men wearing them.
These photographs also raise questions about the validity of a new start, when seen in the context of the surroundings in which these young men are raised.
For what may happen when the environments have not changed as the man has?