MY MOTHER / MY STORY
I’m returning to South Africa for the first time.
With thanks to The Arts Council England, this journey will see me create a new collection of poetry which will explore family lineage, diaspora and the feminine. It will be a cross medium project in which writers, dancers, illustrators and film makers, from South Africa and the U.K, are united.
One into ancestry, history and the past, so to redefine a personal and collective story. I am in a time and space where this can be explored. I have the avenues of language and technology to access both memory and reality. I have become a teenager again, the same one who would watch Twin Peaks in her pjs, a notebook in hand, trying to piece together clues and evidence. I have hired genealogists, conducted interviews, married memory and dreams so to fill in the gaps. And it is weighty. Sometimes I feel it shake the bones of me, and I am sensitive with every new bit of data collected. In some moments I am further away from understanding who I am, who my mother is. In others we are the same women, and I have never known her closer.
This project was never made so to highlight further loss and challenge, it’s a celebration into a future made by us. The next generation of women.
First set of images from Left To Right: My mother and her father (Mother's wedding) / My mother and me. / My Great Grandfather / My mother and me.
Second set of images from Left To Right: My Grandfather and Uncles/ My Great Grandfather/ My Grandfather's Brother/ My mother and her father (Mother's wedding)