Materials:Digital archive print
Dimensions:100 x 200 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society, 2018/19
Ownership history:Purchased from Stevenson, South Africa by Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society, 8 February 2019; presented to Manchester Art Gallery, 2018/19
Relationship:Valeria Napoleone Stevenson, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam Manchester Art Gallery
In wake of was created after the 2012 Marikana massacre, in which striking mineworkers were shot at close range by the South African police. In this closely cropped image, Searle’s body is covered with coal dust and positioned as if laid out in death. Her hands hold gold Krugerrand coins, a symbol of the wealth created for the mine owners who stand in direct contrast to the migrant workers suffering under systems of racial, gender, class and economic segregation. The body here is presented as a unit of labour and memorialises women involved in the mining industry.
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