Inspired by Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa, South African artist Stephen Hobbs examines Johannesburg’s transformation through time, from a British fort to an apartheid city to a contemporary African city. A workshop exploring camouflage in the urban landscape follows.
Hobbs’s art explores urban grids and decay, abandoned buildings, camouflage, and lost stories. His hometown of Johannesburg is a major focus—its history of segregation, its landscapes of mining waste, and its zones of racial conflict—and the relationships between existing structures, their original function, and their current eroded or overgrown abstraction within the landscape.
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