GRAFFITI – ART OR VANDALISM?
Jo Buitendach studied archaeology at the University of Witwatersrand where in her honours year in 2008 she won the ‘Van Riet Lowe Top Student Award’. Jo then trained as a tour guide and started Past Experiences, a specialized tour operator that focuses on Johannesburg Inner City Walking tours. In December 2015, Jo graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning in “Conservation of the Built Environment”. The topic of her thesis was the “Heritage Value of Graffiti, with a focus on the historic graffiti at Constitution Hill’s Number Four Prison”. In
October 2015 Jo was featured in the Guardian Newspapers “10 Of the World’s Best Tour Guides” feature and in 2016 she was chosen as one of the “Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans of 2016”. In March 2017, the Gauteng Government awarded Jo a “Special Recognition Certificate” at the “Premier’s Youth Excellence and Service Awards”, in recognition of her continued work in the Joburg City Centre. She is hugely passionate about the Johannesburg CBD, graffiti, public art, its communities, culture, buildings and history.Come and join Jo Buitendach for a look at graffiti. The talk will begin by looking at what graffiti is, whether it is illegal scratching on a wall in Pompeii or the subculture born in New York in the 1970’s. She will then turn her focus onto the City of Johannesburg, starting by examining her masters dissertation topic, the historical and political graffiti found at Number 4 Prison at Constitution Hill. To end Jo will introduce you to (or take you on a fun mini-tour) of the fantastic graffiti and street art of the Jozi Inner City.
Greg du Toit is an 8th generation African born in South Africa in 1977, and has lived and worked in four different African countries. Before completing his tertiary education in Nature Conservation, he went to live permanently in the African bush.
His work has hung in the London and Sydney Natural History Museums and his fine art collections have travelled the globe with exhibits having been hosted in New York, Singapore and London. His work is widely published in magazines including Africa Geographic and the BBC Wildlife Magazine and he regularly clinches awards in the most prestigious photographic competitions in the world and was named the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
“Just Jump In” is a highly original presentation that includes a literal feast of unbelievable wildlife imagery as the photographer shares his extensive knowledge of one of Africa’s wildest regions, deep within the heart of Kenya’s Maasailand. Audiences are offered insight into the patience, passion, commitment and dedication that it takes for a wildlife photographer in the 21st century to capture truly unique imagery.
Refreshing, superbly humorous and highly visual, he details an incredibly dangerous pursuit, that not only inspires, motivates and WOW’s audiences the world over, but that also lead to a sell-out National Geographic exhibition in London.