The project aims to explore paths that intersect between history and the popular image of the « border war » in South Africa (1966-1989) by the creation of ‘constructed image’ inspired by photographs of time. At the same time, the project also aims to develop a complex meditation on the impact of these pictures’ built’ and media form of artistic expression suggesting the relationship between history and memory.
The so-called traditional painting narrative has inspired some contemporary photographers such as Jeff Wall, Thomas Demand and especially David Levinthal. Working with professional designers, Christo Doherty will create a series of miniature compositions directly derived from a search in the available photographic archives. These compositions are the basis of these images that explore the boundaries between memory, trauma and the propaganda of the armed conflict.
Although more than two decades have elapsed since the end of the conflict, there is still a gaping wound in the collective national memory hard to close.