I-jusi (roughly translated as “the juice” in Zulu) is an award-winning, experimental graphics magazine by graphic designer extraordinaire, Garth Walker, born along with the New South Africa in 1994 as a development of the question: “What makes me African?”. Deeply rooted in the African vernacular experience and inspired by the street, i-jusi has found itself on coffee tables and in galleries all over the world, becoming a legendary record of South African graphics with an unparalleled influence on both local and international design communities.
“Each issue of the magazine is themed and Walker’s informal and subversive editorial voice has been encouraging contemporary artists, designers, illustrators, photographers and writers in post-apartheid South Africa to create in total freedom encouraging the development of a very strong visual culture. Creatives from South Africa (and all over the world) are invited to respond to a themed brief with a design or artwork related to that issue’s particular topic. Walker then curates a selection of the best to appear in each magazine.”
Past issues have covered themes ranging from typography, photography, pornography, the local vernacular and death. The magazine now has a cult following, both for collectors and for designers wanting to appear in its pages.
To celebrate its history and to support and fund its continuation, i-jusi has launched a limited edition portfolio box containing 10 highly collectable lithographs (seven graphic and three photographic) selected by Walker from pages of the magazines over its 16-year history.
The i-jusi portfolio no.1 exhibition, launching in London this Tuesday will coincide with launches in both South Africa and New York, and will take place in the Brompton Design District as a pop-up show from March 21st to the 31st. This portfolio exhibition, brought to the UK by independent curator, Jacki Lang, will feature the 10 limited edition lithographs, which will be on sale for the duration of the show, along with a display of back-issues of the magazine, and a recently compiled compendium coffee table book featuring every page of every magazine over the last 16 years.