Artworks and contributions for the Cardboard Monument project by the following artists: Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Joseph Monnatlala, Victor Mofokeng, Thulani Zondo, Thomas Morem, Mzie Gojo, Mzi Nyathi, Thulisile Shongwe, Teboho Mokhemisa, Tumelo Mokopakgosi, Roli Mhlanga, Lauren Alexander, Erik Hopmans, Alex O'Donoghue, Charles Nkosi and Ezekiel Budeli (scroll down to see more)

Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe
Lehlohonolo is interested in the contested issue of the Kliptown market place at the Walter Sisulu Square. After interviewing market sellers, he discovered that there are major inequalities existing between market sellers. Not all hawkers are allowed to sell their wares, and are monitored according to where and how they sell, by the police. Lehlohonolo notices that this is very different to the old Kliptown market place, where anyone was able and welcome to sell. 

Lehlohonolo (right) shows visitors the prints he created, on second hand clothing
A visitor makes a selection from the prints, he chooses Abdullah Ibrahim, a Kliptown hero.
He hangs the selected portrait up at the Cardboard Monument
He made images related to these experiences in Kliptown, and created lino- prints from them. He then collected second hand clothing, and printed his images onto the clothing. For the exhibition at the Cardboard Monument he created an installation looking like a market stall. For 4 days he performed as a market seller. When passersby came to ask about his stall or artworks, they were able to select their favourite piece and hang it up on the Cardboard Monument.

Joseph Monnatlala
For the project, Joseph created several objects, which constituted a new trophy cabinet for Kliptown. For this Joseph created two visual 

diaries, a pair of cardboard soccer shoes, and a cardboard trophy. Joseph explores the idea of sport as a unifying element in Kliptown. He has identified that on the grounds where the monument now stands, a soccer field once stood, which was home to the first team in Soweto, the Klippies. He has researched the soccer teams that exist now in Kliptown, and used the format of visual diary to compile his findings.

Display table mimicking the stone table in the Freedom Monument. On top is work by Thulani Zondo and displayed under are visual diaries by Joseph Monnatlala

Cardboard soccer boots, Joseph Monnatlala
Joseph at work, busy creating his visual diary narratives
Visitors reading visual diaries about investigated connections between football and the site where the Walter Sisulu Square now stands.
Victor Mofokeng
Victor is fascinated by the marginalised Griqua people, who are currently living in Kliptown. We discovered this community by accident and realised that there was a special Griqua church with its own calendar, flag and logo in Kliptown. For the Cardboard Monument Victor created a book, called the “Unfolded Griqua History” compiled from the information he gathered in Kliptown, and used to make lino-prints as illustrations.
Victor creating sign writing statements on cardboard

Victor applies the statements to the inside of the Cardboard Monument

Victor's lino print, created for his book, “Unfolded Griqua History”. This image portrays a Griqua family.

Thulani Zondo 

Thulani took the logo of the Freedom Charter signing (and now ANC logo) as a starting point. He developed a “Star of Nation” sculptural element for the inside of the monument. He explores the idea of Kliptown being a central meeting point for cultures but also as market centre. His star was placed onto a map of Kliptown inside the Cardboard Monument.

View form above, showing visitors with sculptural table, and subjective map of the Kliptown area.

First sketches of the "Star of nation"

Thomas Moremi   
Thomas noticed that the children of Kliptown communicate not always through language- but most certainly through games! He played games with various childrens groups in Kliptown. At the Cardboard Monument event, he organised a number of activities in order to facilitate children’s involvement in our project- including banner painting, group games and storytelling.

Thomas paints the South African flag on visitors faces.

Children visiting from Kliptown met with others from local Sowetan school, for a programme of games and activities, on Friday and Saturday 4th and 5th of March 2011.

Planning activities

Mzie Gojo
Mzie interviewed many residents in Kliptown particularly about the old Sans Souci movie theatre. From his interview based research created a painting of the nostalgic cultural site, Sans souci as well as creating a montage of video extracts, from his interviews. Using painting and video, he explored the significance of the old movie theatre as a cultural gathering place.
Mzi interviews "Poppetje" from Beacon Road about the former Sans Souci cinema in the area
Mzi creates and artist impression of Sans Souci, reminding visitors of their youth.

Mzi Nyathi
Mzi presents his idea for a giant coin sculpture at the Cardboard Monument
Sketching and planning
The final coin, created on cardboard, in dedication of Charlotte Maxeke
Mzi chose to specifically research a forgotten hero of Kliptown, Charlotte Maxeke. She was the first black lady ever to obtain a university degree and went on to fight for the rights of woman during Apartheid. Mzi honoured her by creating a giant hanging coin, combining symbols of the past and present.

Thulisile Shongwe
Thuli is fascinated by cardboard as a material being used for this project. She is considering new and inventive ways to play
with the medium and is weaving a cardboard tapestry which she will show on the inside of the Cardboard Monument.
Thuli created a woven wall in the inside of the Cardboard Monument

Busy with the weaving process
Teboho Mokhemisa
Teboho records his voice and personal story for his video/ audio montage
Teboho created a video essay for his contribution to the Cardboard Monument. He investigated, through interviews in the Kliptown squatter camp, the current living conditions there. He narrates a personal story from the point of view of a new comer to the area. He presented his project on a television screen at the monument.
Screenshot from Teboho's video piece, with voice over
Screenshot from Teboho's video piece, with voice over

Tumelo Mokopakgosi
Tumelo is a practicing artist and teacher at Funda Centre. Tumelo participated in the Cardboard Monument project by making giant cardboard fruit structures to be placed around the Cardboard Monument in order to attract attention but also to bring a little part of the busy market place to our installation.

Tumelo created giant pieces of fruit at the Cardboard Monument
Apples under construction
Roli Mhlanga
Roli, an ex-Funda student, was instrumental in helping set up events at the Cardboard Monument especially in collaboration with his organisation, Room 13. He participated in the debate/discussion held at the Cardboard Monument on the 6th of March, which raised important questions about project and the role that it played in the Kliptown community. 

Lauren Alexander 
Lauren is initiator and co-ordinator of the Cardboard Monument project. She worked at Funda centre since January 2011 to be able to set up connections and co-ordinate the research process currently in. Lauren will also see the project through into its second phase, being a website and publication.

Erik Hopmans
Erik managed the design of the Cardboard Monument installation structure. He is an experienced structural designer and builder and throughout the workshop process Erik worked directly with, and helped artists to creatively realise their ideas and research within the framework of the Cardboard Monument.

Alex O'Donoghue 

Alex assisted with logistics, production and public relations co-ordination of the Cardboard Monument project.

Charles Nkosi and Ezekiel Budeli
Charles and Ezekiel are teachers at Funda Centre. They assisted with press communication for the Cardboard Monument project and allowed the team to make use of Funda classrooms for our process.