Johannesburg Travel Diary - How to spend a Morning in Rosebank

There's a huge difference between my previous work neighbourhood and my current work neighbourhood. For one, I currently work somewhere I can get to, from the CBD, in under 20 minutes(!) with taxis I can get at Bree(!!), land of fruit and babes. There's the occasional, delicious plate of uphuthu and stew from the taxi rank of the days my colleague goes to get it. 

I don't quite know how to describe (my former work neighbourhood) Sunninghill, it's industrial nje, office parks on office parks. No inspiration. It's office parks and complexes and my favourite non-joke was, Who would want to live here. Fast forward to May of 2017 and my commute is shorter and the neighbourhood a little more scenic and the mall is useful. I never thought I would ever in my life endorse a mall but here we are, dahling The idea of an "art mile" is funny to me in the sort of "lifestyle exclusivity" it invokes in my brain As a concept? Keep it.

As mentioned here, this series of posts was supposed to start with a Morning in Newtown, it's still coming but this one was easier to wrangle done waiting for my next day off; and you know me, I don't enjoy leaving the bed on my days off. Anyway, on with it! Here's how I spent a morning in Rosebank.
What to see
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I'm not an arthoe who's been inside every gallery in this city, or many galleries at that, but of the ones I've been to, the Everard Read Gallery in Rosebank is the most invested in sculptural works. Of all the works on display, I enjoyed "A Decade of Seeing" by Daniel Naude the most. It's straightforward in that it says "here are things seen over 10 years," but then complicated by the sheer size of the animals in the frames and vastness of the landscapes of which he took snapshots -- the world is bigger than our human eyes will never know. It's also complicated by the geography, I don't know Daniel Naude but it seems like such a (white) man thing to be able to go to numerous secluded places or places with such names for a photograph.

I don't know if I followed the correct path going from installation to installation but even if I didn't, I don't feel I lost anything. It was a different kind of experience to be in a gallery with multiple rooms, only matched by my recent, but brief, visit to the Standard Bank Art Gallery for work. Yes, best believe I sang the song from The Lion King while I walked through the room with the sculptures of cats.

I do wish I'd seen the sculptures in the gallery grounds up close. I wish these places felt more welcoming.








I've been to Mesh a few times for work and it felt strange that I hadn't been to any of the spaces below it.  I didn't even bother going to the furniture shop. In the passage, there were a few works fro Justin Dingwall's "Albus" on display. I can't say I "got" it but the photographs are beautiful. The first-floor passage of Keyes Art Mile always plays home to art.

I also went inside TMRW Digital Gallery_and checked out the "Invisible Exhibition" and, as fun as it was, we need to talk about how virtual reality made me feel like I'm out of control. Of course, I have no control all of the time I am in public but putting on goggles to take my mind to a different reality while my body remains behind is not ideal. Not to mention how ridiculous I must have looked lol.

Where to shop


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Shelflife does not smell of axe. The shoes are expensive but it's really nice to pour over the glass -- some of the pairs looked rare and under lock and key. They have expensive coffee table books and accessories. I saw a Kaapa t-shirt I looked at over and over counting my Randelas in my head. They also have the dad Balenciaga-esque sneakers in spades, Sabelosami would have screamed the whole time. I also think the woman who works in the shop said "hey, beautiful to me," which was nice. She could have been on the phone.

Where to eat

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I did not each because, like a smart person, I had amagwinya with mince and tea before taking my morning off work and going wandering. Heather strongly recommends BGR, which is all burger and milkshakes. I've had before and it's delicious. While Milk Bar is beautiful to photograph, I can't vouch for their menu. Until I looked online I thought it was all drinks but apparently, they have food such as a signature bunnychow, pizza and bread. AND you can get Paul's Homemade Ice cream there.

There's also the #KeyesPantryMarket, which I started seeing a week or so on Instagram. The morning I was there it was an empty shop and it's strange that people would flock to such a tiny place but ke go if that's your scene.

Thank you to the security man who stopped when I went to ask about Everard Read Gallery, who then offered to take my picture as I was leaving -- his directing was great.

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