I have been into Robin’s work for quite awhile. Born in South Africa and living in Berlin, the below stills come from photographic sequences that beautifully walk the line between performance and photography. Robin interacts within his own drawn worlds much in the same way that my childhood hero HAROLD (AND THE PURPLE CRAYON) did. While Harold’s skin was pearly white and his fantasy worlds rather benign, Rhode’s scenarios often register the cultural traces of poverty and social inequality that were endemic to growing up in Johannesburg. The work retains a playful joy, though, identifying fundamental social concerns while never becoming judgmental. I like that. A lot.