Sub-Saharan renegades

With his Renegades body of work Frank Marshall examines the outcropping of a decisive heavy metal subculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Posted 5 Jul 11 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

Frank Marshall’s Renegades exhibition at the Rooke Gallery is a sociological case study of an underground minority rebelling against the status quo, redrawing the borders of both heavy metal and orthodox culture in Botswana.

Marshall’s portraits capture and document the heavy metal subculture in Botswana which, in its geographical context, contradicts the stereotypical view that white, western males dominate heavy metal culture.

This body of work, which can be seen until 29 July 2011, also serves as visual, social commentary on issues around African identity, social labels and post-colonial trends of capturing the exotic.