Johannesburg was marked by apartheid until early 1994. Since the first free elections in the same year, the metropolis has been subject to rapid and far reaching social changes. Regardless of age, social origin, education or skin colour, artists documented their physical as well as intellectually complex city with the help of photography, painting, sculpture, video art and installation. They dealt with questions of identity and power, took up traditional art forms, but also refered to folk customs and interpreted them anew. Herewith, they discuss the history and the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg as a meeting place, source of poetry and dreams.