Stephané E. Conradie
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Screenprint on Arches paper
45 cm x 63 cm
3/3 out of an Edition of 3 + 2APs and 1 PP
From the artist:
Kerk was made as part of an exhibition called Domestic lives, Nomadic belongings. The screenprint is a combination of elements collaged together that is composed of layered images I either took or found in books of a place in Stellenbosch called die Vlakte. I used objects to frame the church in the centre of the print to try and imagine the lives that people once lived in die Vlakte and ultimately, I turned the composition into an image depicting a carpet to place it back into an imaginary domestic environment.
Die Vlakte, a central neighbourhood in Stellenbosch, was one of the sites, like District Six, where coloured people were forcibly removed from in the 1960s as part of apartheid’s 1950 Group Areas Act. During apartheid the government developed separate neighbourhoods according to race. The church, called die Volkskerk, in the centre of the print was a religious building built by people who lived in die Vlakte. The church building also had a school building next to it. The church is now called Christ church. The residents who used to call it their spiritual home no longer frequent this church because the church was taken away from them during the forced removals.