This art piece deals with traces of memory: aspects of learning and unlearning: and the mendable nature of remembrance. Part of my practice, currently, involves me engaging with learning – more specifically self-learning, and revising my knowledge of my own cultural heritage. I normally use my own body and my own personal life experiences in order to explore formulated narratives in my work. For this art piece, I have drawn on from my own heritage as a ‘Coloured’ South African, whose grandparents originate from O’kiep, Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape of South Africa.
Considering I am semi-unfamiliar with this side of heritage I own, there emerged a curiosity within me to engage with the identity I hold. This prompted me to refer back within myself through culture. I see this process as a method of mending and tackling the difficultly of confronting personal and national identity.
This piece assembles into one piece as an installation, which comprises mainly of fabrics, thread, beads and audio. Each of these components aim to express self-learning; touch; delicacy; details to sounds; language and culture; as well as, manual labour of the hands, voice and instrument (the //Gwashi).
The main subjectmatter present stems from the embracement of the indigenous South African identity of Khoi and San people. I decided to name this art piece ǃHaese mûgus, which means “see you soon” in Khoekhoegowab – this is a language which is spoken in Namaqualand, Damaraland, Botswanna and some surrounding regions.