The Cosmopolitan is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings, built between 1899 and 1902 in Jeppestown, the city’s original suburb, on the city’s very first street, Commissioner. It was originally a hotel and bar (horseshoes are still dug up in the garden behind) which fell on hard times and operated as a bar and brothel until being boarded up.
The building was recently renovated as part of the Maboneng urban regeneration project, and now houses a restaurant, coffee shop and gallery. This work explores the history of the building and the ghosts of people who have passed through it.
This work is part of a joint exhibition with Ayanda Mabulu at Hazard Gallery, Cosmopolitan building, Maboneng, Johannesburg from December 2016 – January 2017.