'Do it Like this!', multi-media collaboration with Mbali Khoza, August House, Johannesburg, 2013.
“Do it Like This” was a practical research project between myself and Mbali Khoza (ZA). For the exhibition, we worked from J.D. Bold’s Fanakalo Phrasebook and Dictionary (1958). Fanakalo was an archaic South African colonial and Apartheid-era lingua franca. Limited in vocabulary and complexity, the language was ultimately adopted by white employers to communicate more easily with their black employees.
“Do it Like This!” was an exercise in resurfacing Fanakalo and re-performing it, together. We worked with videos, sound, drawings, performance and installation for this exhibition.
We created picture cards from film stills and found materials. The cards operated as surfaces onto which we could resurrect the language through fictional scenarios. The cards helped to facilitate a conversation between us two collaborators on the ways in which Apartheid-ideological discourse continues to dictate many people’s social and labour-related interactions in the country, today, without the aid of Fanakalo.