Monday - Sunday
9:00am - 19:00pm
Un/Settled is a multimedia documentary project that explores white identity in South Africa where the unresolved trauma of a racist society cannot be ignored. Un/Settled questions white South Africans’ conceptions of belonging, documenting memories, settler histories, land, prejudices and hopes. As South Africa struggles to come to terms with persistent inequality, the project seeks to urge white people to examine their own historical and future roles in the place they call home.
This project is not a didactic speech or a proclamation; it is a place of vulnerability, and also a place of curiosity. It is a record of a moment in our collective history worth recording, whose origins lie somewhere behind and among us, that can only be disrupted through honest engagement.
The work will be installed on Government Avenue from Nov 7th to Jan 31st 2020 and falls part of the Infecting the City festival 2019 programme.
Un/Settled is a project that explores white South African histories, privileges, and reflections on identity. Every nation has a past and must confront it in order to see the present clearly, and to imagine a different future.
'I grew up just as apartheid came to an end. Ever since starting primary school, I have been told that I am a child of the rainbow nation. The end of apartheid was signalled by a great gesture of forgiveness and hope, one that must have seemed at the time, to transcend the decades of violent oppression. Many white people seem to have taken the release of Nelson Mandela, and the platforms for redemption and healing under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as absolution. It was not absolution."
As South Africa struggles to come to terms with persistent social and racial inequality, the project seeks to urge participants and audiences to examine their historical and future roles within a landscape marked by deep social scars.
Text written in collaboration with Olivia Rose Walton
Project by Sydelle Willow Smith