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ARTIST STATEMENT

When my parents moved to Qatar in 2003 for work, my family became part of the South African diaspora. Home was displaced by distance, our attempts at intimacy now mediated through technology. The local was displaced by the global. Our very identity was displaced, drawing into question what was familiar and what was foreign.

The growing spaces between people and families as a result of migrant labour have come to define the human experience of globalisation. We attempt to fill these between-spaces with telecommunications technologies, social networks, and long transportation to countries we do not (yet) call home. My installations, sculptural objects and performances create playful relationships with their users that expose the tension between the intimacy of home and the diasporic forces of the global technosphere. Through meticulously hand-built interactive environments that mimic the organic but can never fully achieve it, I explore the impact of technologies on the relationship between home, culture and land.

These environments offer brief and limited moments of exchange between art, life and people. The technologically driven functionality and aesthetics of my artworks is the result of a collaborative research approach. My work develops through inter-disciplinary dialogues between myself as artist, local communities and industry specialists. I am constantly searching for ways in which art can engage with new, unexpected audiences and the everyday.