FACES OF WAR
Faces of War, as an investigation of the portrait, articulates something of the unseen and hushed conflict that is domestic violence. In contrast to the public and generally mediated nature of war, domestic violence as a scenario of conflict is confined (by definition) to the domestic environment of the home - is a ‘private’ conflict, one which happens behind closed doors. On account of this ‘privacy’, the non-disclosure associated with domestic violence, the victims and perpetrators of such conflict are, in the most problematic sense, faceless. Statistics (especially in South Africa where the situation is rife) remind us that we are surrounded by these victims and perpetrators, and yet, more often than not, we are unable to recognise or identify them. Faces of War, by means of the portrait, presents something of the undisclosed and ‘faceless’ nature of this conflict.
Part I / Faces of People who may or may not be Victims or Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Twelve photographic portraits
Part II / Brick Wall
Part III / Song Cycle [St. Anne's]
Sound & Video Installation