"My work began as an excavation, or archeaology. Finding remnants of contemporary society, allowed me to look with more compassion at our culture. The suburban and mundane, when washed up and washed out, lost some of its threat. The dominant culture rendered by time and the effects of the sea, sun and sand, has been, at once prophetic and mordant. It allowed me to listen to that which had always seemed so loud, in its silence able to speak about its soul, a reminder of what we might already have lost".  Monique Fagan (1970) Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Woman  by Monique Fagan Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Horse  by Monique Fagan Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Bird  by Monique Fagan Photo by Knut Egil Wang
 " To the authority I was rubbish, just a piece of shit. I vowed to prove to them that everything has value. My story is a simple story. Scrap is my study. My father told me: “If you turn your hand upward to beg – you become a slave. If you turn it to the earth, you become a man.” I have made a life from my hands. This life is hired out to me to decorate this earth with glee!”   Jan  Outa Lappies  Schoeman (1929? - 2011) Foto by Knut Egil Wang
 Work by Jan Schoeman Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Prayer is my only weapon , Interior in Langa Township, Cape Town Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  "Sometimes at night I lie awake and think of what I am doing. It seems crazy making all these things out of tin - I think it´s strange. I don´t know the answe why. All I know is that this offers people around here an alternative to crime, and I appreciate what I am doing. Rubbish doesn´t exist. Tin is not rubbish, plastic is not rubbish, and paper is not rubbish. I recycle up to 600 cans a day, alternating three pairs of scissors. A cola-can become a peaked cap; a beer can changes into a model aeroplane. I see through this art that people begin to change - they take pride in their work. That´s what this country needs. If I can do my bit to make it a little bit better, then thats good. I like to feel that I´m making a difference. My biggest dream is to share my skill with as many people as possible, giving them something to do, and to take advantage of the massive demand for township art."  Luvoyo Nyathi (1969) Photo byKnut Egil Wang
  Dress  by Luvuyo Nyathi Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Flamingoes  by Isac Naki Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Curtains  made by Ilithalomso Craft Group Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Rhino  by Monique Fagan Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Pilchard Sardines  by Unathi, Wola Nani Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  "One night I dreamed of a rubbish dump filled with yellow and white flowers, and a voice told me to pick and sell them and I would have money for food. When I woke up I walked to Swartklip, where the refuse of Cape Town is tipped into the dunes. I wandered in the rubbish, but I found nothing. Some weeks later I dreamed the same dream. Again I went in search of flowers, but returned home disappointed, empty-handed. When the dream came back for the third time, I feared I was losing my sanity and that the desperation of my circumstances was playing tricks with my mind. I returned to the dump. This time, in the course of my searching, I noticed piles of empty soft-drink cans, yellow and white. I gathered up a few and hurried home. In my shack I set to work with a pair of scissors and a pot of paint. After many setbacks I finally fashioned a flower just like the ones in this dream: A perfect daisy with a long green stem, pointed white petals and a yellow centre. Then I decided to follow my dream."  Sonwabo Golden Nongawuza (1957) Photo by Knut Egil Wang
  Golden Dreams  by Golden Nongawuza From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
  Rhino  by Monique Fagan From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
  The Living Legend  by Jeff Mwazha From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
  Face of South Africa  by Jackson Nkumanda From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
  Embrace  by Zolile Derrick Senteni From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
  Pilchard Sardines  by Unathi From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
 From exhibition at IKM Museum, Oslo
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