Speculative histories and archaeologies
An ongoing research into dust and ritual as archive. An urban archaeology. Epochs of toxicity. Generational disease and degradation. Eroding, uncovering, revealing new layers of an old, undocumented history. An object becomes host to coral-like formation of turquoise crystals. Incremental growth of yellow sand mountains. Shifting and changing landscapes. A new man-made nature scripted by subterranean gold. Geological conditions, ecologies, life-forms, urban practices, rituals, rites hybridise and mutate. Stories, practices, myths, legends that establish themselves over generations, appearing in quick flashes.
Viewers are invited to construct their own narratives of image and text – snapshots of a new urbanism developing in Johannesburg’s bufferzones. Objects in the petri dishes set in resin – egg shells from a prayer ritual, acid mine crystal formations, fossilised glass bottle caps from the Joburg water company from 1897. A history rising to the surface with the toxic runoffs.The project includes material research into the production of pigments to remove heavy metals from the
Presented in collaboration with Jason Larkin at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015/2016 and at the Yokohama Triennale in 2020.