[ISEA2018] Artist Statement: Samora Chapman — Life Hacking in Durban

Artist Statement

Often left behind or disregarded by the powers that be, Durban’s urban innovators show off their resilience and ingenuity on a daily basis, piecing together and repurposing discarded and unwanted items to create hybrid and often multi-purpose products. Photographer Samora Chapman gives us a ‘slice of life’ look at life hacking in the city of Durban, honouring the everyday knowledge systems of the street and the creativity born from necessity.

Samora Chapman is a media specialist with skills in writing, photography and visual art. He is a freelancer based in Durban, South Africa, and contributes his work to various printed publications, websites and journals. He also supplies words and images to marketing, media and corporate clients. His interests range from street culture to fine art, fashion, sport, adventure and the environment. His specialty is getting under the skin of the city he lives in, finding the beauty and the humanity between the hard urban edges, with an artist’s eye. authorsamora.co.za