Andile Buka: Crossing Strangers

3000 JPY
Crossing Strangers marks Johannesburg based photographer Andile Buka's first published body of work. Born and raised in Orange Farm, Andile Buka's Crossing Strangers is a photobook which explores the landscape of Johannesburg, the people who both inhabit and fill its city streets. It is a visual reflection of a personal engagement with both the city's past and current landscape portrayed through the individual encounters one experiences. 

"Walking the streets of Johannesburg plays a central role in this project. Through these walks I'm presented with spaces that are unfamiliar and unnoticed. Beauty in the mundane is often overlooked and I gravitate towards the people, spaces and the gaps which are left in-between. Johannesburg is full of contradictions, a landscape structured by its past, but continuously built towards it's future. It is a city interconnected and dependent on its many layers, a place where success, dreams and aspirations can become a reality."

- Andile Buka 

Included within is an essay by Rangoato Hlasane (Co-Founder of Keleketla Media Arts Project) titled Monuments To The Eternal Spaces.

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Title: Crossing Strangers
Size: B5
Pages: 52, 25 black and white photographs
Binding: Hardcover
Publication date: August 2015
Printed and bound in Japan



Andile Buka (b.1990) is a Johannesburg based photographer. Self-taught, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In 2014 he was part of Don’t be afraid of the shadow, a collaboration with Philippe Bousquet at the South African Human Rights Commission. In June 2015 he showed at 18th Internationale Schillertage Festival in Mannheim, Germany and later this year he will exhibit at the Lagos Photo Festival.


Exhibitions 

2015

Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (17th - 24th October 2015)
Hypersampling Identities, Jozi Style
FADA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (22 Sep - 07 October 2015)
Joburg Fringe - Arts on Main, JHB, South Africa (11 - 13 September 2015)
Live Mag Youth Day Exhibition curated by Kalashnikovv Gallery, JHB, South Africa (16 June 2015)
18th Internationale Schillertage - National Theater, Mannheim, Germany (12th – 20th June 2015)
"Unordinary" A Group Photography Show curated by Between 10AND5, Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa (9 April - 26 May 2015)

2014

"30 Days & A City" Studio X, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa
"Dont be Afraid of the Shadow" a photography collaboration with Philippe Bousquet, SAHRC Building, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013

"Diptych" Group exhibition curated by Assemblage, The Liberty Building, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012

"I ART JOBURG X IGERSJOZI" Area 3, Johannesburg, South Africa

Masterclass
Umuzi Photo Club, 28 Madison Street, Bjala Square, Jeppestown, South Africa  (20th of May 2015)

Publications
African Lens Vol. 1, 2015
Stolen Publication Vol. 2, 2014
Market Photo Workshop, Show Us Our Land, 2013