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FOKOFO - Natives on Display is a gallery exhibition that developed via the theoretical framework based on the concepts of Michael Matthews, with the co-operation of Dieter Reusch, an anthropologist, who has been investigating the arts of the Mabaso people living in the Msinga district of central KwaZulu-Natal.

FOKOFO aims to problematise the interpreter's and the viewer's position in relation to exhibiting the other and questions the interpreter's so-called authority as interpreter.

FOKOFO explores the concept of cultural tolerance through questioning and challenging the observer's understanding and conception as viewer, observer and interpreter. This includes an interpretation of the anthropologist's understanding of the usage by the Mabaso people of beaded items, wood carved meat platters and ceramics in the context of rites of maturity for marriageable girls.      

FOKOFO investigates cross-cultural ignorance in the artist, general public and museum.

 

The FOKOFO - Natives on Display installation is divided into three areas. These are of variable sizes. Each area deals with a separate issue and needs to be seen in relation to the other. The areas may be in separate rooms or conceptually divided. The scale of the display is variable, but includes objects on the scale of 5 - 6m (length), 2,3 - 2,8m (height), three dimensional works, plus audio-time based video and computerised imagery. The individual items that make up this display include the use of materials ranging from technology such as video, computer and time-based imagery to other traditional Zulu materials and techniques that includes a collection of beaded items, ceramics and wooden meat platters, as well as text and photographs.

 

Dasartist, Michael Matthews (foreground), with anthropologist, Dieter Reusch

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