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Month: July 2019

African Art Caravan

African Art Caravan

Johannesburg’s place in the trade and migration of African art objects In Chad, I am taken by camel to visit a man outside the village of Sahr.  I am in search of artifacts which I am told this man – a trader – might have.  As I get to his store, he walks toward me and greets me. ‘Hello, Mark!’ I am thousands of kilometers from home, but a man I have never met before knows exactly who I am. …

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Hideaways in Cape Town

Hideaways in Cape Town

A visit to Cape Town is both an urban experience and an immersion in nature. It’s a unique urban national park – majestic, rugged mountains dominate an urban landscape. Beyond enclaves of moonlit beaches are ancient forests and the unique ‘fynbos’, one of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Well-marked hiking trails are everywhere, offering breathtaking walks as well as more rugged enterprises such as kloofing, which involves the ascent of ancient ravines carved out of a mountain-side by torrential rivers….

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Multicultural Cape Town

Multicultural Cape Town

  Cape Town is one of the world’s iconic cities because of its astonishing natural beauty.  Just as compelling, however, is this city’s amazing multicultural flavor. This genetic diversity which makes up Multicultural Cape Town’s identity begins early on in the history of modern man. It evolves as a result of key historical events which shaped our modern world. Cape Town is home to some of the oldest indigenous populations in Africa. Its inhabitants are also descendants of slaves, settlers,…

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Wabi Sabi and Me

Wabi Sabi and Me

When I first heard the word wabi sabi and learned what it means, it felt like an answer to a big, very important existential question. It was a name for my worldview. This Japanese concept wabi sabi refers to a particular aesthetic which values the beauty of imperfection, of things old, decaying, weathered. A lovingly repaired object, a door whose paint is faded and peeled off by age, use and weather, or a simple and plain design is valued more…

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Missing Miami

Missing Miami

In Miami, you will find a world where reality and fantasy are not so far apart. … perhaps that explains why tourists feel so relaxed here. In Africa, my birthplace as the archetypal birthplace of mankind, visiting that continent creates in a stranger a sense of homecoming. But Miami screams “Important Human Activity Here – Come Play!” It’s like it is an inside joke that everyone – tourist and resident – is in on.  The name of the game is…

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