Andries Fourie

Domesticity, Vulnerability
wood, silkscreen, aluminum
23 x 23 in.

I grew up in white, Apartheid-era South Africa where women had very little control over their role and identity. My culture dictated that the success of the war effort depended upon women fulfilling a very traditional, clearly defined role which focused on creating the illusion of a stable, pleasant and “normal” domestic environment which theoretically provided an island of stability in a sea of conflict and abnormality. No one gave any thought to the idea that this prevents women from participating (and possibly dissenting) in their culture, and consigned them to a life of frustration, impotence and bitterness.

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