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THE PARKING PLOT PROJECT (article first published : 2003-10-21)

In its Multimedia Room and Parking Lot, the NSA Gallery is presenting the third instalment in the Young Artists’ Project (YAP) 2003, an ongoing NSA Gallery initiative to support and nurture new work, with funding received from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Titled The Parking Plot Project it is by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, an experimental architect. Born and raised on Mauritius Island, he has made Durban his home since 1992. In 1993 he commenced his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Natal, Durban where he achieved merit awards in both Construction and Design. After his first degree he embarked on a three-year travel across three continents.

Whilst in London (UK) he worked as an architect specialising in contemporary restoration of listed buildings. In 2000 he returned to do his post-graduate diploma and graduated in 2002. Consequently Doung Anwar has participated and exhibited in collaborative exhibitions and installations with artists both locally and abroad.

Doung’s work aims at transcending the defined boundaries of visual and philosophical expressions within the dynamic (d) urban context; thereby deconstructing established perceptions of ‘the other’. He has recently established an architectural practice (open space projects pty Ltd) revisiting the art of building spaces rather than mere construction of facades. His contribution to YAP is a pilot project for a larger initiative.

Doung will present an installation in the Multimedia Room consisting of works produced over the past two years, based on his City Walk initiative – charting walks through three inner cities: Johannesburg, London and Durban. During these ‘walks’ Doung documents interactions with inner city residents and his pavement experiences, the result a dynamic and largely unacknowledged portrait of these cities.

His installation in the NSA Gallery Parking lot are visual interventions through altered signage and strategically placed works, testing his theory that this in-between space should and could be used as an optimum viewing place for art.

“In the gap between two forms of movement, the space between two ways of perceiving and interacting, parking lots offer the opportunity to participate in and perceive urban cultural and social landscapes differently,” says Doung Anwar Jahangeer. “As the by-products of the automobile, parking lots constitute compelling lost spaces, spaces that have been established as vacant band undesirable in people’s perception. At the same time the project opens up a window to people who are perceived to be ‘undesirable’ by a society, that are too the product of urbanization: street children, vagrants, the homeless. A long term vision would be to explore what the ‘undesirable’ elements have to offer in regenerating the city on a physical and individual level.”

The exhibition will close on October 31. More information on www.vmcaa.nl/hopebox




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