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Kukwami la

Department of Land Reform

Nongqawuse - Director of Spiritual Affairs, Mnguni, T. Unit 19. 2021.

Thandeka Mnguni

MArch 2021

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

UNIT 19︎︎︎
The Act of Service: The Myth of Violence
The work’s myth of violence is surrounding racialised ownership. The research theme grounds itself in the ideologies constructed by ‘petty apartheid’, which allowed white Afrikaans South Africans to claim ownership of public spaces. Through this theme, the work defines architecture as an act of announcing and mark-marking towards deriving forms of ownership and territory. The project’s site of interest is Clifton 4th Beach; a public space still battling ideologies of white ownership, as was most recently demonstrated through the infamous #sheepgate protest of 2018.

The work approaches ownership as a fluid condition that can be produced both through dispute and a lack thereof. The work explores and reveals forms of racialised ownership within the beach by proposing a new Department of Land Reform whose mission is to transform land ownership patterns and meanings. As a defence against laws and rules that do not allow it to exist within the beach, the proposition looks at the application of land claim, that utilises the ritual of ukuphahla (the summoning of ancestors) as an application process, with the intention of challenging racialised ownership. The performances and rituals are explored at the scale of the body. The research is conducted through image-making, sound collection and video.

Land Reform, Ownership, Boundaries, Ukuphahla, Ritual

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