White Skin Blue
|Dimensions:||W5m x H2m x D 6m|
|Media:||Cotton paper, latex, electronic components (movement sensors, CD players)|
Melancholia, nostalgia and regret are some of the prevailing themes that permeate white South African males. Masculine bravado, male ego and confidence in a limited form of ethnicity were some of the cornerstones of the historical tragedy of Apartheid South Africa. Equally so, these factors are eminent determinants in global conflict. Strong, virile South African men now withdraw into a form of nostalgic romanticism of a past glory, now historically vilified. Tattoos are a form of tribal marking that defines this defiant optimism and male bravado. The large male tattoo is placed on the floor. The viewer walks across the tattoo triggering the sensors that in turn introduces romantic, nostalgic love songs sung by men. As you move across the piece, you are bombarded by a cacophony of songs that is a litany of lament.