This work is a collaboration between artists Faith47 and Imraan Christian installed at the Magic City exhibition in Munich in 2017.
Its starting point is a poignant image taken by Imraan during the 2015 student protests in Cape Town. The photograph documents a pivotal turning point – the moment when peaceful protestors reacted violently as a response to sustained police brutality. It poses the question of how we as individuals, as well as the media, become complicit in a culture of consuming violence – where it is normalised, without real investigation into the systemic causes.
By deconstructing the image, the piece observes how specific events become part of the fabric of both personal and collective memory, and become transformed and fragmented over time.
The artwork intends to provoke and bring visibility to much needed transformation within the historical and institutional structures of South Africa.