- baobab tree
Object ParentsNatural resources that “parent” objects:
Object DomicileKingston Court, 8 Chapel Road, Rosebank, Western Cape, South Africa 7770
Object OriginMain Mall Market, Pula Circle, Gaborone, Botswana Latitude: - 24.6581415, Longitude: 25.916111432608695 Circa 1996-2000
My object was made as a sculpture for the purpose of being sold at a market located in the central business district of Gaborone. Thereafter, it became a decoration in my grandparent’s home.
The adults in my house, including my grandmother, were working class, which meant I spent a lot of time at home with my blind grandfather. His disability forced my grandmother to find creative methods of disciplining me in her absence; something which has always stayed with me and kept our bond strong.
The words ‘mischievous’ and ‘childhood’ are very much interlinked across different cultures, races, locations, and eras. In my curation that interconnectivity was explored with a playful take on constructed photography.
Black parents are often portrayed as being violent and brutal to their children to discipline them. My hope is to subvert this notion by showing that black parents, or grandparents in my case, are also capable of employing alternative and creative disciplinary methods for the mischievousness played out in childhood.