by Alessandro Sala

In 1886 the gold rush began in Johannesburg and this is considered the beginning of the end of the biggest African metropolis. Millions of "new" white Africans invaded the city center looking for fortune, forcing the native population to move to the townships. This triggered the violent and bloody racial issues that South Africa had to face until 1994.
Since the end of the Apartheid, this (internal) migration has reversed: the native coloured population repossessed the city center of Johannesburg, while the economical power controlled by the white population moved 50 km north to the suburb of Sandton.
The skyscrapers of Joburg are the perfect portrait of the city: the appearence of a tidy western city with a chaotic soul typical of African townships. A microcosm narrated through these images which symbolically aim to represent people and places like they were inhabitants of one huge block: there is no difference between internal and external; private and social life are indeed typically western ideas which are completely changed and reinvented till they almost merge and become one.

Single sheets, 8.2 x 11.7 in / 21 x 29.7 cm
Mounted Poster, 58.4 x 74.4 in / 148.5 x 189 cm
xerox print