I-JUSI

I-Jusi is an experimental magazine first published during the vibrant period following South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. From the onset i-Jusi posed an important question: "What makes me African - and what does that look like?", piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and potentialities that have evolved ever since the fall of Apartheid. Garth Walker published the first issue of i-Jusi in early 1995, showcasing South African visual culture, creating an independent geographical vernacular in South Africa.

To ensure the survival of the magazine, i-Jusi, in collaboration with the Rooke Gallery, launched the limited edition i-Jusi Portfolio #1 in early 2010 and Portfolio #2 in late 2011.

Portfolio #2
i-jusi Portfolio #2

Launched in September 2011, I-Jusi Portfolio #2 follows from the success of Portfolio #1 - inviting a selection of South Africa's leading artists and photographers, two world-renowned graphic designers and two local unknown designers, selected from submissions.

Featured artists include: Roger Ballen, Jonathan Barnbrook, Willem Boshoff, David Goldblatt, Warwick Kay, William Kentridge, Michael MacGarry, Sne Mtetwa, Stefan Sagmeister and Guy Tillim. This second portfolio explores concepts surrounding lettering and typography that are integral to the image in the context of the 'African Experience'.

The portfolio consists of 10 works each signed by the artist in an edition of 50. All lithographs in the portfolio are 325 x 500mm printed on 250g Rives BFK. The printing process used is offset lithography using UV stable inks. The portfolio boxes are hand made and covered with Egyptian linen book cloth.

Preparation of the images for printing was overseen by Professor Stephen Inggs of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

i-Just portfolio 2

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Portfolio #1

i-jusi Portfolio

I-Jusi Portfolio #1 was launched in April 2010 and features selected works are by South African artists who have featured in i-Jusi magazine and include David Goldblatt, Anton & Mark Kannemeyer, Brandt & Conrad Botes, Garth Walker, Pieter Hugo, Wilhelm Kruger, Brode Vosloo and Mikhael Subotzky.

The portfolio consists of 10 works each signed by the artist in an edition of 50. All lithographs in the portfolio are 325 x 500mm printed on 250g Rives BFK. The printing process used is offset lithography using UV stable inks. The portfolio boxes are hand made and covered with Egyptian linen book cloth.

Preparation of the images for printing was overseen by Professor Stephen Inggs of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

i-Just portfolio 2



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I-Jusi is an experimental magazine first published during the vibrant period following South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. From the onset i-Jusi posed an important question: "What makes me African - and what does that look like?", piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and potentialities that have evolved ever since the fall of Apartheid. Garth Walker published the first issue of i-Jusi in early 1995, showcasing South African visual culture, creating an independent geographical vernacular in South Africa.

Subsequent issues have been themed around the disciplines of Graphic Design, Illustration, Typography, Writing, and Photography, in an effort to contribute to various, ongoing cultural dialogues in South Africa. Resultantly, i-Jusi has developed a worldwide following, despite having a print-run in the low hundreds. Resultantly, the magazine has reached cult status, largely due to its rarity and the fact that it has never been commercially for sale.

To ensure the survival of the magazine, i-Jusi, in collaboration with the Rooke Gallery, launched the limited edition i-Jusi Portfolio #1 in 2010. Comprising ten quality printed lithographs, Portfolio #1 showcased work by selected artists from the first twenty-four issues of the magazine. This initial portfolio has been acquired by a number of leading art museums and private collectors worldwide. I-Jusi Portfolio #2 follows from the success of Portfolio #1, inviting a selection of South Africa's leading artists and photographers, two world renowned graphic designers and two local unknown designers, selected from submissions for i-Jusi issue #26, themed "Afrika Typografika III". Featured artists include: Roger Ballen, Jonathan Barnbrook, Willem Boshoff, David Goldblatt, Warwick Kay, William Kentridge, Michael MacGarry, Sne Mtetwa, Stefan Sagmeister, Guy Tillim. This second portfolio explores concepts surrounding lettering and typography that are integral to the image in the context of the 'African Experience'.

The i-Jusi magazines and portfolios have culminated into a pivotal and historic series of documents, testaments to a developing country dealing with various socio-economic stratifications and political dimensions. Despite its often satirical and parodic approach i-Jusi is not a negative, or even critical commentary, but rather a platform for discovery, safeguarding the wealth of talent, rich traditions, and strong sense of heritage in South Africa, with its diverse cultural backgrounds, each with their own contribution to make, exposing a creative poignancy and visual vocabulary that remains unrivaled.



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