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Foreclosure
Single channel video, colour, stereo sound
09'00"
2013
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Foreclosure centres on written narratives from the Apartheid Archive Project initiated in 2009 that relay formative memories of racism and fragments from diverse testimonies given to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These fragments describe the ordinary, everyday situations and circumstances that preceded an atrocity or where the setting and formed part of implemented racist practices. The work reflects upon the way people's stories and experiences are voiced, being heard and remembered or silenced and forgotten, in post-apartheid South Africa.
The audio files are shown together with found footage of public places such as the beach, a fairground, shopping areas and streets, as well as video and still images taken from a present-day auctioneers website showing sparsely furnished, desolate homes. Hereby the work emphasizes that banal everyday moments were formed and infected by apartheid's trauma and structural violence, its traces and impact on the present prematurely foreclosed. The work aims to make the tensions that this brings forth in the cause of everyday life, palpable.