In December 2017, [CROP] Project initiated their first collaborative street intervention, using large scale photography and the streets of Johannesburg to connect different people across multiple platforms and spaces.
[CROP] Project – Creative Resistance and Open Processes is a collective that believes in the power of collaboration, art and photography to not only disrupt, but to empower and promote positive change. Coming from diverse and multi-disciplinary backgrounds, they decided to use street art to question societal issues, while paying homage to some of society’s most marginalized and often unseen individuals. The [CROP] team believe art should be free, inclusive and accessible , and as a collective theirwork and decision making processes are horizontal.
The project was initiated by CHUZKOS , a multidisciplinary mobile collective that works on the basis of collaborative economies, innovative interactions and that promotes cultural exchange. After successfully running a crowdfunding campaign, the collective initiated a two-day creative lab inviting photographers and creatives to form part of a core team that would co-create a concept for a street intervention. Once their project was solidified and their objectives were set, the team selected, edited and printed large scale photos and pasted them in and around Johannesburg.
Each image almost tells its own story, but also has a greater backstory as each photographer either has it as part of a news story, or a series they are working on (or it is just an image that they feel says something). The works also speak a lot to the environment, so the team sometimes created a juxtaposition, e.g. the Soweto car spinning in the suburbs, the boy in the blanket in 4th Avenue, Parhurst (rich vs poor), the calm boat image at Bree Taxi Rank (calm vs chaos). The portrait of Nozama Mgangana who cleans the streets at night and goes largely unnoticed was placed in 7th Avenue Melville, a strip filled with bars and pubs, to make visible those people who are the backbone of our society
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin
PPROJECT INITIATED BY CHUZKOS www.chuzkos.com
IDELETTE AUCAMP @yo_eed
JAN WILLEM BORNMAN @jwbornman
SALYM FAYAD @salymfayad
GULSHAN KHAN @gulshanii
LAUREN MULLIGAN @blahgrapher
CALE WADDACOR @calewale
BORIS MERCADO @boris.mercado
RYAN JARRETT @ryanguerilla