There is not one coherent or conclusive view of Cape Town and it would have been foolish for us to try and find one. This is why the feature was named a ‘collage’. Through literature, art, music and fascinating conversations there was an aim to capture the beauty, the drama, and the complexity of Cape Town.
Once you are there you find yourself discussing issues which are very different from those you would be talking about in Paris or London. The place is at the same time very sophisticated and very raw – Nicola Schwartz
One of the key ideas to work on was Pieter Hugo’s series ‘There is a place in hell for me and my friends’; a portrait of the city and its people. Nicola followed in Hugo’s footsteps, interviewing his subjects (from galerists, to artists, to fashion designers), then complementing these long conversations with figures deeply involved in the local reality such as the writer, journalist, DJ and magazine editor Ntone Edjabe and the designer Stephen Lamb, whose work engages social and environmental issues.
This is a place that combines intense beauty with flashes of horror amid a vibrant creative community