The work follows a point in the life of Beryl Gascoigne Hibbert and her transformation into Asha. She was one of the first women to protest against apartheid. She was disguised as a wife, a beauty, a mother, a poet. The only identity that sat was that of the curious. In exploring both her spontaneous anti-apartheid protests in South Africa that spanned from the 1940s to the 1960s, and her published poetry about love and loss, I came to believe that Asha is historically one of the first performance artists.
In late 2011 and early 2012 I did a playful experiment with artist Anonymous Bosch where I went through boxes of discarded old projector slides and selected ones that interested me. We then set up an old slide projector to project images onto my body. These were captured on video and in photographs. Projecting images onto other images, essentially, has been a key part of my practice.
The film was shot in Cyprus. The work is compiled of a series of site-specific performances, documented and cut to make a continuous film. I worked with friend and filmmaker Emilie Kengmo Chappatte in the production and edited the film in Dover, during a one-month residency-internship in July 2012 with Dover Arts Development (DAD), as part of DAD War & Peace programme.
In the diptych Untitled 20 I explore my reproductive system and my personal experience of it.
Heart is a video and performance piece about destruction, deconstruction, acceptance and reconstruction.
Breaking and Entering
Breaking and Entering is a film that follows the story of a girl who was naive enough to trust someone who abused her and then abandoned her. It shows how the experience affected the victim and how she heals her wounds and moves on, becoming a survivor.