Netherlands - Enschede - Wendy Morris - 21 Rozendaal - Far from Kimberley27/05/2010
May 23 - September 12, 2010
During the World Cup fever, 21rozendaal has also turned its focus to South Africa, although in another way. In her short films – charcoal animations – and charcoal drawings, the South African artist Wendy Morris explores Africa's history. She examines, in particular, the relationship between South Africa and Europe. Interestingly, she focuses not on the differences, but on the connections between the two continents. She is interested in micro-history, personal stories that are often excluded from the official annals and that paint a different picture of history. Her family history is also an important source of inspiration.
In her animations, she interweaves stories of black and white and of Europe and South Africa. Her work provides insight into the history and political situation of South Africa, a country in which the Netherlands has left behind its "traces" through the Dutch East India Company. Far from Kimberly leads to reflection about the current position and relationship between South Africa and Europe, while two centuries of African-European relationships pass in view.
Image: Wendy Morris, Sarah Jane and her Ten Children, 2009