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Writing in the Sand, 2000
Installation: Sand, text stenciled onto the floor. 4 x 10 meters

The artwork pays respect to South Africa's newly recognised official languages of: Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, und isiZulu. These indigenous tongues have been spoken for hundreds of years but were marginalised and disenfrachised under European rule. Today, in post-apartheid South Africa, we believe mistakenly that these languages are no longer under siege - that their place in our new constitution is enough guarantee for their survival...

(from the artist's statment published in the catalogue)
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