PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

2014

 

A 5-channel video installation, Personal Accounts reflects on the politics of sexualised violence – as determining who can speak and who is silenced. Each of the five video portraits presents a woman, who bravely discloses her experience of domestic violence, and in some instances rape. In a demonstrative act of censorship, the spoken words of these personal accounts are extracted, problematically muting the dialogue. What remains, on the one hand, is a dialogue of gaps, of absences – whilst on the other, emphasised in the residual sonics of breath, in swallows, in the clearing of a throat, is the bodily presence of the women themselves. Each one the living, breathing palimpsest of a violence of inscription and erasure.

 
 
 

Personal Accounts (Charmaine), 5-channel video installation, 2014

 

Personal Accounts (Brenda), 5-channel video installation, 2014

 

Personal Accounts (Zipho), 5-channel video installation, 2014

 

Personal Accounts (Christolene), 5-channel video installation, 2014

 

Personal Accounts (Mercia), 5-channel video installation, 2014

 

Personal Accounts / Installation views, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 2014