Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo 2017

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Richmond was a dream that willed itself into some elusive physical form. 

I spent 18 days in the Karoo with magnificent people whom I invited from across the globe: Lilana Cuellar, Andrew Ananda Voogel, Chibuike Uzoma, Liz Lessner, João Renato Orecchia and Zúñiga,Caoimhghin O’Fraithilé. We collaborated, we debated, we ate, we laughed…

The Karoo put on a dramatic show with double rainbows and prancing Springbok. We observed and tried to honour that.

The follow-up exhibition was briefly housed in a contemporary exhibition space in Cape Town, but the conversations amongst participants are ongoing. The images included here is a selection of my own journey and conversations, but the project evolved way beyond that.

Seven Looms of Silence 2017


“What is your guiding intuition?” I replied on the spur of the moment, “Making is thinking” – Richard Sennett

Seven looms of Silence is a visual abstraction of a weaving loom that consist of seven units. The work was commissioned by the clothing brand Trenery for the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. It was their first-time collaboration with a contemporary South African artist. 

The installation consists predominantly of natural yarns used in the clothing items of the brand: merino, mohair and cotton. It honours the process of making and all the invisible hands involved in producing a single garment. The loom is a tool that manipulates thread into fabric through an ongoing repetitive process. Likewise, this spatial drawing creates surfaces through repetitive monochrome lines. Surfaces that subtly shift as the viewer moves through the piece.

Greener Pastures / There are worlds out there 2016


“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” ― Khushwant Singh, Delhi 

This two-part site-specific installation was concepsualised for “Coriolis Effect: Migration and Memory” in New Delhi. 

Much like viruses, ideas spread over national borders, infiltrate conversations and fluidly flits between fact to fiction. Every interaction helps this migration along, every association leaves a trace. Physical space and memory co-exist. 

“There are Worlds Out There” is a gold room for reflection fabricated from 3000 Indian wedding envelopes. “Greener Pastures” guards the entrance to this room and is a giant green drop to hide in. 

The viewer is encouraged to step inside.

Coriolis Effect is an ongoing project at Khoj International Artists’ Association which seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa. Coriolis Effect not only uses the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20thcentury, to the cultural relationship shared exchanged by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards” – Khoj International Artists’ Association