AfterImages: Ponte Archive

Counter-archives

In collaboration with Denise Lim ‘s (Yale University) PHD praxis centering Ponte City, drawing on archival material in the form of discarded and lost items (currently in the SFMOMA collection with the works of Mikhael Subotsky); found in the centre of Ponte Tower when it was renovated during the early 2000’s after its ‘dark period’.

An archaeology of anthropological objects – family photos, visa applications, tenancy documents in Apartheid South Africa in the 80s. We don’t know who these people were. But their life in the building forms part of an undocumented history of tenure in Hillbrow when it was a grey zone. These stories and lives around this skyscraper have tentacles into deep worlds of city-making, bureaucracies, migration, pop-culture, economies.

Image credits:
The Geology of Southern Africa, Sidney Haughton

Images courtesy Mikhael Subotsky and SFMOMA:
Subotzky, Mikhael and Patrick Waterhouse. Ponte City Archive. 2008-2014. Component 6 – Found Document Explosion. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. 

Subotzky, Mikhael and Patrick Waterhouse. Ponte City Archive. 2008-2014. Component 6 – Found Document Explosion. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. 

Subotzky, Mikhael and Patrick Waterhouse. Ponte City Archive. 2008-2014. Component 6 – Found Document Explosion. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.