Johannesburg

Gcro

Shifting Borders and Building Bridges


Borders are both material and unseen, constructed and imaginary, fixed and fluid. In recent years we have seen the continued relevance of international borders and how they affect the lives of people in different places. While political borders remain as pertinent as ever, this exhibition examines “urban borders” in the context of the Gauteng City-Region (GCR). Cities in South Africa are infamous for their divided and unequal geographies, a legacy of the colonial and apartheid planning policies. Despite significant efforts to integrate the GCR, apartheid’s visible and invisible borders and barriers remain both in the material landscape and in the economic and social fabric. Although the history of apartheid is particular to South Africa the inequality that the
city-region faces resonates across many parts of the world.