As part of the cultural programme of the 25th World Congress on Architecture (Durban, South Africa), Faith47 is painting six walls, on four of the supporting columns of the main freeway overpass adjacent to the Early Morning Market in Warwick.
“The atmosphere of Warick triangle is wild and chaotic, a lot of people are scared to even venture into that area.This is a potent high energy zone which really reaches the people on the street. I needed to dedicate these walls to the individuals who work there, to the strength and importance of informal trade within our economy. it is the people of warick who have made it so alive.The architecture truly belongs to them.”
The market itself is a hub of transport and informal trade, incorporating taxi ranks, buses, nyama market, muti market, lime, mphepo, indian food market and sangoma markets. The first three walls have just been completed, with a further three to be painted in august.
“The paintings are portraits of actual traders in the area. Perhaps the Inyanga looks like an everyday person, he is not dressed in a traditional manner signifying his vocation; its true to life. We don’t always know who someone is when we see him or her on the street, but there is a great wealth of stories hidden within each of us.”
Photos taken by Kierren Allen, Mark Edwards and Faith47
Text and images courtesy of Faith47