George Osodi's work is still up opposite Abfab in Troyeville. The site is now a noticeboard as well as an installation for 10 green bottles, 8 of which have accidentally fallen.
Here I am installing Jodi's show about so-called illegal African immigrants - for the fourth time. The entire show was removed again last week for reasons that are unknown to us but are certainly not due to collectors' wishing to have their own copies. The style of removal makes us think that - torn off the wall in a way that showed no care for the images. This, despite us having permission.
After we'd installed a fine art painter came to ask if he could ever see the work on show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. I said I was not sure but that he should go there anyway. He agreed. He said this is an important exhibition and it belongs in a gallery. He said the artist deserved the works to be in a gallery. We had a long chat about public space.
Afterwards the inner city's security guys came over and said that the advertisements were supposed to have City of Joburg orange stickers all over them to declare them legal. I was thinking about Illegal Poster Immigrants. Infiltrating Images. That kind of thing. We spent some time talking about the difference between outdoor advertising and art and I asked them to check with their boss and if they were told to take them down they must phone me first. We will see what we will see. Or we will not.
Johannes went to see Fatamouta Diabate's work in Yeoville on the old train. This piece, my favourite on SHOESHOP, is a noticeboard now, too, in all unofficial languages. You can read more about the work that this image inspired on www.lesfolies.posterous.com because this part of SHOESHOP is not over and I am not sure it is capable of ending. Ever.
Emmanuel Bakary Daou's work is no longer up at the base of the Hillbrow Tower which is my favourite site on SHOESHOP and will be revisited soon. However we noticed that the team who were busy in Hillbrow on Youth Day also decided to use this location for their campaign which you can read more about over here on my friend the heroine Ms Milli's Blogspot: http://missmillib.blogspot.com/2012/06/how-i-spent-youth-day.html
Thabiso Sekgala missed SHOESHOP because he was far away when the installations went up so Johannes took him all over the place to see them. The posters on the busstop wall in Parktown Noth were all gone but this strange stencil was still there, previously haughtily ignored by yours truly.
Then they went to see the beautiful remnants of Johannes's own installation of his work in Troyeville.
I don't know why I love this so much. I don't know why I love what I love. I just do.
That is Thabiso in Troyeville.
A brilliant artist, writer and researcher by the name of Kim Gurney sent me her own image of this remnant. We both love it also and so does Jo.
Here is Thabiso again, planking next to the installation that is till up at the Jeppe Taxi Rank. He was happy says Johannes.
A bakkie drove past.
Afterwards, and before they went on another mission involving Nando's posters which you can read about later at www.lesfolies.posterous.com Johannes brought Thabiso to the AAW! office so he could photograph the trees at the Troyeville Tea Garden. I was not there and I do not know when this happened but it did because here is the evidence.
Thabiso posed for Johannes underneath one of his posters which is the very first SHOESHOP poster to go up on any wall and which is still there and which was an experiment in flour and water and a little bit of wallpaper glue.