Friday, 25 April 2014

The End of Apartheid Exhibition

Last night I felt very privileged to be invited to the preview/private party launch of Grant Fleming’s new exhibition, The End of Apartheid at Forge & Co in Shoreditch, East London.
          Grant, who I interviewed in PUSH NINE, had originally planned for the exhibition to run at The Strand. But due to a number of potential backers, who failed to back him, it all fell through. A depressing time but Grant is not one to bemoan ill fate for long and he licked his wounds quick and very soon he was on the case and the exhibition has now arrived in its intended month.
       The End of Apartheid is a truly superb piece of his work. Perhaps, his most important work to date as a photographer.
          While it was very cool last night associating socially with a large number of well know media figures, writers, musicians and actors, (the likes of Paul Weller, Sex Pistol Paul Cook and Martin Freeman were all in attendance), the whole point of the evening was Grant’s photography.
          In 1994, while on duty as official photographer of Primal Scream, he jumped out of their tour and onto a plane to cover the first free multi-racial elections in South Africa. And he has documented that important part of history with some breathtaking photography. I cannot do justice in words only to say that walking around the exhibition and taking in each photo, the human emotion smacks you in the face and heart. It is also fitting that this exhibition should be happening on the twentieth anniversary of those elections, where Nelson Mandela became President of a free from apartheid South Africa.
          If you go to only one exhibition this year, make it this one.
       The End of Apartheid exhibition runs from today until 16 May at Forge & Co, 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU. Monday - Sunday11am - 7pm and late night on Thursday's until 10pm.


Saturday, 12 April 2014


Thanks to everyone who has supported this small venture. I cannot thank you enough. So PUSH is now into a second year. The first anniversary issue was a real buzz putting together and then the selling was good too. Only got a few copies left. Etc. Well here’s the deal with submissions for PUSH 11. Last issue featured words with Jah Wobble. A very nice man. Well the exact time I was linking up with Mr Wobble for an interview, Raymond Gorman was hooking up with Wobble’s former stable mate, Keith Levene. Take it from me this is not a manufactured act. Not that clever. The Keith Levene interview that will feature in PUSH 11 actually took place one week before I interviewed Jah Wobble. So now you know. Anyway. Submissions. I have got a vault of material from previous submissions that I want to roll with. So it all means this. Desperate for poetry. Keep the short fiction short. And the theme for issue 11. There is no theme. Try and read the mag first before submitting. This helps both of us. 

Submissions here: