A book is the main vehicle for this decade-long project. This section contains layouts from the book, photographs from the project and Â installation shots from the gallery show to illustrate some continuity in the way in which it has been presented.
The captions were supplied by the marketeers.
The Fourthwall(fourthwallbooks.com) site has a flip-through section which gives a sense of the book’s appearance. The book is hand-printed, hand-bound and has a silkscreened cover which was designed by Francois Rey of Monday Design. I would also like to note, in addition to the authors’ contributions, the support of the curator Clare Butcher.
From Fourthwall’s site:
For the last decade David Southwood has been observing, participating in and photographing the Milnerton flea market. In that time, he has seen subtle changes in one of the many â€śgrey zonesâ€ť of Cape Town, where a growing number of peripheral characters â€“ mainly poor whites and recent migrants into South Africa â€“ seek to earn a living through trade in second-hand goods.Â Milnerton Market has emerged from Southwoodâ€™s intense engagement as powerful record of a single community on the fringes of a society in flux.
On one hand,Â Milnerton Market simply bears witness to the hodgepodge life of things. But on the other, it explores the implications of the redistribution of resources by a new democratic government in the early 1990s, a process that did very little to alleviate the destitution of many. The geographic and symbolic â€śin-betweennessâ€ť of the site of the market â€“ it is not sea, not city, not industrial, not prime property â€“ and of the vendors themselves, perched on rickety deckchairs, suggests an uncomfortable unity of political rhetoric and acceptable public memory.
Milnerton Market comprises over one hundred powerful images (full colour and black and white) and includes essays by Ivan VladislaviÄ‡, Ivor Powell and Michael Godby.
An exhibition of the book’s contents was held in Cape Town in 2010. The installation shots appear at the end of the gallery.