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Missing Ingredients at the Last Supper

Gathering at the Table of Past Selectivity with the Dispossessed of the Cape Flats

The white-washed black woman. Harper, N. Unit 19. 2021.

Natalie Harper

MArch 2021

Unit Leader: Tuliza Sindi
Unit Tutor: Muhammad Dawjee
Unit Assistant: Lynette Breed

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The Act of Service: The Myth of Violence

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Missing Ingredients is framed around the mythology of spatial-cleansing under the violences of apartheid. Through the Population Registration Act (PRA) and Group Areas Act (GAA) of 1950, communities were segregated on the basis of racial demarcations (De Bruyn 2007:422) through the “building of apartheid” (Coetzer N. 2013. Building Apartheid).

The project uses the Cape Dutch house as a heterotopic representation of Cape Town city that exposes the micro-scale of the invisible, harsh constructs of macro-segregation in the post-apartheid city of Cape Town. The project proposes ‘A Last Supper’; a family reunion that explores and critically reconsiders the intimate home-setting of a racially obscure family.

District Six is conceptualised as the ‘front room’ of the Cape Dutch house heterotopia that flows directly into the dining room where Table Mountain is introduced both geographically and conceptually as the ‘supper’ table, orchestrating a collective relationality between different ‘members’ coming to that table. The Cape Flats is conceptualised as the ‘kitchen’; a space of making and a space in service, where the sourcing of missing ingredients is found. The sites reflect and expose apartheid architecture and the long-term effects of the historical practice of race designations and spatial-cleansing on mythologies of identity and landscape.

Spatial Cleansing, White-washing, Coloured, Apartheid Spatial Planning, Cape Town, Cape Dutch House

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