The Front is an ongoing investigation, a revealing of space. It documents the people who use the Durban beachfront. The work seeks to record the rapidly changing nature of the promenade by placing a marker as to what the space is now at this point in time. The Front confronts, diversity, identity, and multi-functionality of the shared public space.
The beachfront is strangely impermanent, as if in a few years it will either be an arcade for tourists, or lost to the degradation that thrives just behind the promenade. That or the ever-encroaching sea will take it. That said, at present it is a truly distinctive place in South Africa outside the determination of class, race or wealth restrictions, the beachfront is free to all who wish to use it. This body of work, seeks to challenge preconceived notions around Durban beachfront. What the beachfront represents shifts decidedly depending on expectations and memories. At first the promenade appears to be a truly integrated space, however looking deeper the lines of segregation are lingering just below the surface. This now shared space is a front. Nothing is what it appears. The history of Durban beachfront is an inescapable backdrop, a point of reference intrinsically located within the various bodies that now occupy the space.