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Joint Exhibition of Photographic Works

Misael Space and The Imaginarium are pleased to present a joint exhibition of photography, combining the work of two worthy projects. Please join them for the opening of this show on Thursday 3rd June, from 6.30pm.

Play Jump Eat is a series of images shot all over Cape Town, exploring the themes of Joy, Play, Abundance, Beauty and Juxtaposition. A percentage of the proceeds will go towards Tertia Kindo Arts Project, a dance school in Ocean View, a previously disadvantaged neighbourhood in Cape Town.

In contrast to this stylised work will be the grainy images of five bright school children from Emasithandane Children’s Home in the township of Nyanga. A workshop aimed to help five bright kids at the orphanage express themselves creatively through photography, is being administered through Children of South Africa (CHOSA), a non-profit that identifies and supports community based organisations that work with orphaned and other vulnerable children in Cape Town.

RSVP: deborah@misael.co.za

Directions: In between Caveau and &Union, on the opposite side of the road, facing Heritage Square. Large green stable doors flank the entrance.

Interview with Kelly Wainwright of ‘Play Jump Eat’

Kelly Wainwright, artist and four Cape Town Photographers have put together a fresh and intriguing photo series of images shot all over Cape Town, including one of Desmond Tutu jumping on a bed and 6 oak trees in the Company’s Gardens covered in fabrics of all kinds during Cape Town’s Fashion Week. They will be selling a handful of their limited edition works through their newly launched website www.playjumpeat.com. A showcase of the BED JUMP series can also be viewed at Exposure Gallery, Old Biscuit Mill from April 10th.  A percentage of the proceeds of all these sales will go towards the Tertia Kindo Arts Project, a children’s dance school in Ocean View, Cape Town.

You were born in America. What brought you to Cape Town?
My husband is South African.

How would you describe the creative landscape in Cape Town?

Tell us more about your latest installation/photography project ‘Play Jump Eat’.
This project started off as very vivid images in my head that I KNEW I HAD to do! I phoned Photographer Inge Prins to see if she’d be interested in getting on board, and we both just dove in, with no money up-front.

What’s behind the name and what inspired you to create these works?
The 5 words behind every image (circumstantially) are: play joy beauty abundance juxtaposition.
PLAY is an obvious inherent theme in every image.  JUMP obviously stems from our BED JUMP series. And EAT basically symbolizes the indulgence and abundace factor in the work.

Who else was involved in this project?
Inge Prins, Charley Pollard, Antonia Steyn, and Saul Wainwright were my photographers.
They had their own assistants, and I brought friends/assistants along to every shoot.  I worked with almost 100 models, and a smattering of make-up artists, etc. The OAK COUTURE section of the project involved around 30 “Cape Town Creatives” ranging from architects to pastry chefs to fashion designers. I designed it as a charette (aka: quick design) collaboration.  We also had numerous sponsors on board.

What sort of response have you had to this project so far?
It’s been overwhelming.  We’ve been in close to 30 media stories, including a 2-page spread in Design Indaba magazine, a 1-page in Elle Decor, ETV, British Airways magazine, and a whole lot of people off the street jumping on the bed with us at INFECTING THE CITY. It’s been lovely.

Any ideas of where you want to take it in the future?
I may or may not take the BED JUMP idea a bit more globally.  I’ll need sponsorship ahead of time.  I also have countless tricks up my sleeve that aren’t necessarily centered around photography, but still around “play, joy, beauty, abundance, and juxtaposition”

But- for now – we have just launched www.playjumpeat.com where a handful of our limited edition prints are ready to purchase! We will also be showing our BED JUMP series at EXPOSURE Gallery at the Biscuit Mill, starting April 10th.  A percentage of the proceeds of all of these sales will go towards the Tertia Kindo Arts Project, a children’s dance school in Ocean View.

In your opinion, does creativity have the potential to transform society?