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Robin Rhode in "Johannesburg"

Robin Rhode and his team of assistants create vibrant, temporary outdoor murals that serve as backdrops for photographed performances. Working in the neighborhood where he grew up, a mixed-race community plagued by drug and gang wars, Rhode leads a team of local young men in creating a new mural and shares his hopes for what participation in an art project can offer. Recounting a career that began on the street in newly post-apartheid South Africa and now extends into the international contemporary-art scene, Rhode engages his “born free” collaborators in a performance at the Johannesburg Art Fair while considering intergenerational socio-political forces and the ways that play, humor, and youth culture inform his work.

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Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976. Inspired by youth street culture and art history, Rhode creates drawings, paintings, photography, and films. In Rhode’s work, urban walls become his canvases, static images are put into motion, and the artist becomes a performer and street interventionist.

“If I combine a performance with what I’m drawing on the wall that can lead to a visual language.”

Robin Rhode