By exploring the mechanisms of the lens De Swardt simultaneously occupies and inverts the ‘straight’ canons of documentary photography and essay film, facing the continued effects of white denialism with the restorative agency and limits of queer youth.
The exhibition comprises work realised between 2015 and 2018, including a video installation, a photographic series, a performance in four parts and the launch of the Ridder Thirst 12’’ LP - a double vinyl record with commissions by Stephané E Conradie, Metode en Tegniek, Athi Mongezeleli Joja , Pierre Fouché, Khanyisile Mintho Mbongwa, Rachel Collett, Abri de Swardt and Alida Du Plooy.
Ridder Thirst includes a programme of public events realised in collaboration with De Swardt: The performance Words Beneath Bridges invokes graffiti scrawled beneath overpasses and along rivers as bardic writings at, and of, the margins. De Swardt choreographs the piece (first realised at The Centre for the Less Good Idea and performed by Quinton Manning and Danie Putter), in four sequences as “sunstrokes of voice” in which techniques of collage - the cut, the inlay and occlusion - are transposed to performance.
This project is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC)
Exhibition statement: https://goo.gl/kZs5gy