South Western Story is a conversation developed fashion editorial concept by Bambatha Jones which seeks to highlight the most populated township in South Africa – Soweto. More importantly it scrutinises the system that is a township and how the 4-roomed house will still exist in future South Africa. Photographed by Soweto based photographer Kevin Radebe.
Irv Blames Jake and Bambatha Jones met towards the end of 2016 having a slight idea about one another. This saw the development of an organic working relationship which would then result in the two artists experimenting and collaborating in various art mediums such as videography, photography, and music.
IRV BLAMES JONES is a collaborative electronic ensemble by Creative Director, DJ, blogger and model Mongezi Mcelu and Photographer Irvin Khumalo. Both hailing from Soweto, a township South West of Johannesburg, South Africa. The artists have also embarked on a multimedia production which not only serves as an introduction to their visual documentation and storytelling style but to also familiarize their audience as to where they draw their inspiration from.
Uptown Hillbrow is an artist portrayal editorial styled by Johannesburg born artist Beezi Flybynyt. Shot in the notorious district of Hillbrow. The editorial interconnects the relevance of artist interpretation in this age of influx, and the rise of the “me-too” product.
It highlights the complexities of being a new media artist and interrogates whether new media art actually exists. Subsequently the environment it’s shot in represents the crowded market share in the creative industry, as we know it. The hi-jacking of buildings is a common occurrence in downtown Johannesburg. Gangs take over buildings, chasing security out and putting themselves in charge, claiming rent.
Making reference to the 2008 gangster flick, Jerusalema. Andile Phewa depicts Bambatha Jones as an anti-hero taking an unflinching look into the monotony; exploitation and the transgressions faced by those looking to survive in the increasingly suffocated arts and fashion industry.