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The Postcard Revival – preserving our cities…

It’s been quite a little while since I attended the Postcard Revival. Months actually.

I was clearing out some pics when I came across these from the night & realised I hadn’t shared what this beautiful idea is about. When I first got the invite it was pretty much this video and I didn’t really get what it was about (& it’s really not that complicated).

It was one of those evenings when I had 3 events on & instead of choose (#bloggerproblems), I spread myself thin across them all. I headed over to the gorgeously restored Barbican Building and was greeted by this view…

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The Postcard Revival wants to show off great cities. Great cities like Joburg. We see postcards as travelling art exhibitions – a way to take artist’s impressions of textured and interesting cities from behind gallery walls and out into the world. We like how postcards can do that, how they can be passed from hand to hand, posted all around the world and kept, generally for longer than a Facebook update.

And so they asked various artists to capture how they see the city, leading to the Postcard Revival’s first collection, exhibited and on sale that evening. It made me think about when last I sent/received a postcard – matric I think. I was in Strand (50kms outside of Cape Town) for a week with friends celebrating that the year was done (freedom!) and sent one to my folks, just for fun. Of course I was home before it arrived 🙂

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As liberating as technology has been, I do find it a little sad that most of us wouldn’t be able to pick out our significant others’ handwriting in a line up. I miss that we don’t print photos anymore & spend hours pouring over & putting together albums.

Do you remember rummaging through your gran’s clothes? Inevitably there’d be pearls, coins, the smell of mothballs and every once in a while a postcard. I could never really decipher the handwriting, but I was more keen to turn it over and see the picture. And then I’d hear footsteps & I’d have to put it back in the exact same place I found it quickly…

You can order postcards online or purchase at Maboneng or The Collective.

Joburg – definitely a city worth writing home about…

W

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