FRINGE / A solo exhibition by Jeffrey Rikhotso
Adjective: fringe – not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.
FRINGE exhibition explores the imaginative relationships we all have with the city of Johannesburg, the evolution of a space in time. Jozi is a city of contradictions, so it is not surprising to me that there are parts of the city that people never walk. I was fascinated by the idea of this concrete jungle we play and live in and wanted to explore the stories we each have to tell about the city whose streets we hardly walk, but claim undying love for. Our relationship with Jozi is often a complex one and imaginative in nature, nevertheless deep, layered, full of hidden deposits of memory and emotion.
As such the somewhat abstract idea of a floating surfboard in the city made sense, to highlight the reality of our relationship with the city, that we actually often float on by, barely leaving a footprint, that we need to get back to claiming this city as our own. I wanted to inspire my peers to reimagine their beloved city and remind them that the only way to explore Jozi is to stop being part of the mainstream of floating Joburgers, because what lies beneath the soles of our shoes is not just tar and grime, but stories that cannot be found anywhere but here, in this city. So strap on and get out there, create, inspire, and leave a footprint.