BIO Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT is a Bulawayo native (born and raised in Zimbabwe), a self developed artist, activist, multi-disciplinary designer and contemporary illustrator, who is currently based in Johannesburg (South Africa) His work is inspired by comic book art, the year '1968', vintage animation, words, and primarily consists of a pencil, ink, pastels, gauche, acrylic and digital media fusion, to create a subversive African 'street' style. Favourite Spot in Jo'burg... Jo'burg CBD, for its interesting eclectic energetic vibe. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Jean Michel Basquiat Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Berlin, street art capital of the world - in my opinion.
BIO Rebecca Haysom was born in Johannesburg in 1983. She completed her BAFA at Michealis, UCT, in 2005. Rebecca returned to her beloved Jozi in 2010, to pursue her second passion, and complete her honours in English Literature at Wits. Rebecca now works from her studio at NewARC in Newtown, where her focus is on figurative oil painting, with excursions in watercolour, drawing, and printmaking. The characters in her work are drawn irreverently from popular culture, history, myth, or the pages of literature. Images culled from newspapers, personal photographs, the Internet, art history, are re-invented to become fragments of a wry narrative. Often referencing the traditional genre of portrait painting and self-portraits, she is interested in interrogating the mechanisms of biography, and the creation of 'selves' through storytelling. Her work has appeared in numerous group shows in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... Anywhere where you can sit and watch the V's of egrets flying home to Zoo Lake at the end of the day through the gorgeous Jo'burg skies. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Margaret Fountaine, an intrepid and eccentric Victorian lepidopterist, who travelled the world collecting butterflies (and lovers!) right into her seventies.
BIO A wizard in the realms of light and shadow, Roy has an incredible talent for capturing everyday moments around the spaces in which we live, often showcasing those which would ordinarily be considered as industrial or mundane. Whether it's the elegant symmetry of a deserted street or a taxi rank bursting with sunlight at dawn, Roy's work continues to demonstrate that the new worlds of Instagram and Mobile photography are more than passing fads: they are here to stay. Favourite spot in Jo'burg? That would be telling but I'd say an inner city street, preferably under a bridge or on a roof top. Anstey's Building Roof Top is pretty epic. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? My Ouma Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? New Zealand, with my family.
BIO The work of architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni is unique in its focus on the area where the disciplines of architecture and fine art meet. The practical methodology which he employs is powerful, describing the essence of his primary inspiration, the 'urban landscape.' Across the media of wallcovering, fabric design, mural design and fine art, his portfolio of work is unified by a signature architectural style of drawing: a distillation of black line on white background. In 2009, Nassimbeni received recognition for his work by being awarded the Elle Decoration Internatonal Design Award for Wallcoverings, South Africa (EDIDA). In 2010, renowned South African design magazine, VISI, selected one of his fabric designs to be included in their selection of top design items, in celebration of their 50th edition. Nassimbeni's mural designs have complemented the spaces of South African icons such as Neil Ellis Wines and the residence of Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground. Recently, he completed a series of 4 murals for a construction management company, CONECO in Zurich, Switzerland. In the realm of fine art, Nassimbeni has exhibited extensively in South Africa, both in solo and group exhibitions. On the strength of the selection of his work by acclaimed critic, Vittorio Sgarbi, his work was exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), at the 'Padiglione Italiano nel Mondo' exhibition. In October 2011, Nassimbeni participated in a group exhibition at the Museum for Applied Arts in Frankfurt. The exhibition was entitled, '10th Triennial for Form and Content 2011 - Materials Revisited' (2011), curated by Dr. Sabine Runde. Together with renowned fashion designer Marianne Fassler, Nassimbeni represented South Africa amongst a group of 100 artists selected internationally. In August and September 2012, Nassimbeni was invited to participate in a workshop entitled 'Drawing on Origins'. The workshop was inspired the discovery of Australopithecus sediba by renowned paleontologist Professor Lee Berger. Curated by celebrated architects Elena Rocchi and Dieter Brandt, the project was an investigation into the relationship between architecture and archeology. Hosted by GifA (Gauteng Institute for Architecture) and the NIROX Foundation, the workshop culminated in 2 exhibitions, to which Nassimbeni contributed murals and works on paper. Recently Lorenzo collaborated with Venetian architect, Giovanni Vio, in compiling a photographic essay investigating a series of public transport interchange buildings in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The body of work will be exhibted at the 'Trienalle di Milano' in October 2012, and in particular at an exhibition entitled, 'L'architettura del mondo. Infrastrutture, citta e paesaggi nel mondo contemporaneo', curated by Marco Biraghi, Benno Albrecht and Alberto Ferlenga. Nassimbeni was recently invited to present his portfolio of work at an event entitled TEDxSoweto, an affiliate of the TED Global conference forum. His talk responded to the particular brief of 'Ideas for a new planet.' Favourite spot in Jo'burg... Sydenham public swimming pool. It is a tranquil island shrouded in Jacaranda trees. The relief of the pool floor is beautiful, starting gently with a shallow shelf and deepening to a diving well. The form of the floor of the pool appears as though inspired by the discipline of origami. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Italo Calvino. His writing transports the language of architecture into the poetic and philosophical realm. He could write to me from any city in the world, and I would understand the essence of that place, whether i had been there or not. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Venice, Italy. If not by air, then by sea, and preferably in a bottle.
BIO Seejarim is a conceptual visual artist, working primarily in sculpture, installation, video and public art. Her work explores notions of identity and context with a fascination for the mundane and the ordinary, often using domestic and found materials in her artmaking. She has had six solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Paris, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Havana and Belgium. She was nominated for the prestigious Mercedes-Benz award for public art in 2008 and in 2007 a finalist in the Sasol Wax Commission. Her light-art installation 'The Why Men' for the Sandton Central Arts Programme in 2007/08 won the client a Business Day-Business and Arts South Africa Award for the Best Use of new Commissioned Art. Other public art commissions include stone sculptures at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown. "pin code" at MTN's head office, and the South African Embassy in Ethiopia. In 2002 Seejarim was nominated for the FNB Vita Art Prize, and in 2001 she was the joint winner of the inaugural MTN New Contemporaries exhibition. Her own training includes a Master's Degree in Fine Art at Wits University (2008). B-Tech Degree in Fine Art (1999) and Diploma (1995) at University of Johannesburg (previously Technikon Witwatersrand). Seejarim has a deep commitment to development and continues to be involved in many projects through art and arts education. She is also a qualified laughter coach. Currently, in addition to being a full time artist, Seejarim is co-director of an arts collaboration called Such Initiative. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... 50th floor of the Carlton Centre If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Archbishop Desmond Tutu Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Kathmandu
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BIO Marie' is a designer and illustrator based in Johannesburg South Africa. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Graphic Design degree in 2009 and currently works at Platform45 which involves mainly web and brand design. Pepperplane is her personal brand from which she does freelance design and illustration. She loves working in a range of mediums from pen-and-ink to painting. Typography is also a very strong element in a lot of her work. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... I'm still a newcomer to the city but I really like Nirox Sculpture Park and all surrounding areas and obviously my home in Fourways. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Bangkok
BIO Taylor's medium is predominantly oil on canvas. Above concept, the process and the act of creating artwork is her focus. Taylor believes an artwork should not mean, it should be. "Jo'burg has a natural rhythm and pulse created by its train tracks, pedestrian traffic and highway routes. These channels reveal the city's flow and the suction of moment that fluctuates in intensity throughout the day. This robust and spirited movement is what I aim to convey." Nicola Taylor was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1984. She began studying art in Florence, Italy at the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in 2003. Taylor went on to study a B. Com in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Cape Town. In 2007 she moved to London to study painting at The Art Academy. Taylor graduated in July 2009, with the only first in her year.While in London she exhibited at Art in Action, at The Art Academy Graduate Show 2009 and in a group show at the Royal Institute. In July of 2009 Taylor was invited to be the resident artist in Tower Bridge. She was positioned in a studio at the top of the bridge, where she painted the views of London for six weeks. The residency was followed by a show in Tower Bridge. Taylor returned to South Africa at the end of 2009 to create work for her first solo show, "A World Without Collisions" at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg in 2010. In 2011 Taylor participated in various group shows. She has just completed the show "CORE" in Edinburgh and she is now back in South Africa currently creating artwork for a solo exhibition at Everard Read Johannesburg in June 2013. Favourite Spot in Jo'burg... Anywhere when there's a thunderstorm. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Peter Doig Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Florence "To paint is the most natural thing for me to do". What drives Nicola Taylor to paint is a kind of beauty that can be seen in everyday occurrences, she aims to realise this beauty in her work as she feels it "reaffirms our common experience of life."
BIO Thapelo Anthony Motsumi was born in 1990 in Taung, South Africa. In 2009 Thapelo joined the Umuzi Photo Club-a youth development organization that works with young people in under-resourced communities to create socially informative multimedia, which inspires engaged citizenry, youth activism, and change. In 2011 Thapelo was awarded a scholarship to the Market Photo Workshop to further his photography skills .As an up-and-coming photographer he has always been interested in telling people's stories through his lens. The photographs he produces captures the lives of labour workers within a constantly changing city: Johannesburg. Thapelo's project, Love in the City, showcased this body of work, and focused on people we normally turn a blind eye to - taxi drivers, sex workers, street venders, bankers, and construction site workers. For Love in the City, Thapelo combined environmental portraits with urban Johannesburg backdrops. His subjects held boards with hand written messages of what they love about the city, their job, or what love is to them. The aim of the project was to understand what drives and motivates an individual as they navigate life within a city like Johannesburg. Rather than stealing people's soul through a frame, Thapelo captured what love is for subjects within this dynamic, changing, city. Love in the City was Thapelo's first solo project, and was exhibited in the Johannesburg CBD in 2010. Thapelo believes in taking exhibitions to the community and educating them about art's ability to shape lives. In 2010, Thapelo mounted an exhibition in Hillbrow, as well. These exhibitions followed inclusion of Thapelo's photos in group shows in New York and preceded later group shows in London. Thapelo is currently embarking on a journey of better understanding, and reaching beneath the surface of documentary photography. His recent documentary project, titled Disability is Not an Inability, explores the lives of disabled people in South Africa. Thapelo has had various group exhibitions across the world. In New York, 2009; Johannesburg, 2010; Hillbrow, 2010; London, 2011; Johannesburg, 2011; London, 2012; Johannesburg, 2012. Thapelo is currently Head of Photography at the Umuzi Photo Club for the Umuzi Photo Agency.
BIO Lauren is a Jo'burg based artist currently studying fine art. She has spent most of her career making commercial art for events and private clients and various television productions. Mostly, she airbrushes, but also, she loves to draw, and paint, and make heads from clay, and posters for her poor musician friends' gigs. She is currently a junior tattoo artist after having spent the last year apprenticing at Fallen Heroes in Parkhurst. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... Our house on the dam in Westdene. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Tom Robbins Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Dublin! Copenhagen! Zurich!
BIO Jemmiro was born Belmiro Antonio Jemusse in 1976 in Mozambique. In 2003 Jemmiro made the decision to become a full-time artist. He moved to South Africa in order to diversify his art-making. Jemmiro has studied drawing and painting in Nelspruit and printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg. In 2007 Jemmiro held his first solo exhibition "Portraying Africa Back to the Future" at Spaza Art Gallery, Troyeville, Johannesburg. And later that year, he held his second solo exhibition entitled "Fragments", at Artist Proof Studio. When not immersed in his work at his studio, Jemmiro has exhibited around the country. His images have been featured in the first "What's Happening in the World of Art Today" (WHWAT), held by Free Flight for the Arts, in Colorado, USA. In 2010 he was appointed to be a part of the board of directors at "Nucleo de Arte" (Senior Artist Association in Maputo, operating since 1921). He was selected to be a part of a group of 7 artists who opened Veleiro Arts, a new gallery and atelier in Maputo where some his works can be viewed. In 2012 Jemmiro moved back to Johannesburg to produce a series of works evoking memories of childhood. This series formed the basis of his most recent solo exhibition entitled "Under the Moonlight. He also participated in a number of exhibitions, at The White House Gallery in Illovo and Bamboo in Melville. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... Rhodes Park Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Venice
BIO One thing worth knowing about Lebo is that he studied somewhere called the Normal University... In Beijing... where he got his Masters in Film after writing a thesis in African Film-making... In Mandarin. Another thing worth knowing is that he grew up in Jo'burg. After school, Lebo studied a lucky packet of liberal arts stuff at UCT, then got another qualification at Vega, before getting that other one in Beijing. He collects a lot of caps, and qualifications. He wants to make beautiful films with substance. He's currently working on two documentaries, one about Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni; and another, in collaboration with Spoek Mathambo, that's looking at electronic music in South Africa. So basically, he's making beautiful films with substance. Favourite spot in Jo'burg? Down town in the thick of it all. Rats, second hand clothing stores, chicken licken, people, people, people and by people I mean those that are active members of South African society and not corpses that are paralyzed by their own fear and prejudice. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Chinua Achebe, or William Butler Yates. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Nigeria, or Ireland
Favourite spot in Jo'burg? The Sober and Lonely house (RIP) If you could get a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Vincent Van Gogh (although I cant tell you how I annoyed I would be if he didn't draw a little picture.) Which city would you want your postcard to end up? I wouldn't mind, A big city perhaps... New York mayby?.
BIO Frances White is a painter and a surface designer. She's been in love with colour, strong pattern and nature from an early age. She grew up in Johannesburg, studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, lived in Switzerland for a few years and returned home to Joburg in 2005. Frances always dreamed of being a textile designer and launched My Favourite Colour in 2012 at the Design Indaba in Cape Town. My Favourite Colour is a surface design company with a focus on the interior industry and an aim to help decorate the world. The first range of textiles is a collection of fresh and contemporary South African floral patterns, inspired by Scandanavian design and the South African floral kingdom. Frances is currently designing a second collection, expanding My Favourite Colour's product range and collaborating on a top-secret project that will be released later this year. Favourite spot in Jo'burg? Sunday afternoon walks in Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. If you could get a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Arthur Rimbaud, Herman Hesse or Goethe. Either of my grandfathers, both of whom I never met. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Nice in the South of France. As a child, I always liked the yellow pompom flowers on the mimmosa trees there when visiting my grandmother Omi.
BIO Robert grew up in Kwazulu-Natal before moving to Jo'burg to work. He worked in a few industries becoming a postman. A job that he's enjoyed for the last 18 years. Favourite spot in Jo'burg? My home in Protea Glen If you could receive a postcard from anywhere and anyone in the world, who and from where would it be? From my brother or sister in my hometown in Kwazulu Natal.
BIO Robyn Thomson studied Information Design at the University of Pretoria from which she graduated in 2005. Jo'burg has been her home for six years and today she is a freelance designer and jogger in Killarney. Favourite spot in Jo'burg... The road running up to the war memorial in Saxonwold. If it can be at sunset or the Jacarandas are blooming, all the better. If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? A few quick and jaunty lines from Kipling. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? In London with someone who's forgotten how amazing Jo'burg is.
BIO When not postcard reviving, Jacqui mostly works with words and pictures, and occasionally croissants. If you have any questions about the Postcard Revival, she's the one to talk to. Favourite spot in Jo'burg? Beneath the Bluegums in James and Ethel Grey Park If you could receive a postcard from anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Someone who could say a lot in only a few words, James Salter maybe. Or J.M. Coetzee writing about how much he misses South Africa. Which city do you hope your postcard eventually lands up in? Buenos Aires in 20 years time, into the hands of my nieces who by then will be travelling the globe before coming home to a beautiful thriving Jo'burg.