Featured workHank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space

Artist Hank Willis Thomas’ installation Black Righteous Space features a 4-metre-wide projection of the logo of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, a right-wing extremist Boer movement in South Africa, where the logo’s original colours have been replaced by the colours of the South African national flag.

As soon as any sound is made – either in the form of a prepared soundtrack or as noises that the viewer can create himself with the help of a microphone – the picture begins to move in a kaleidoscopic way, interweaving colours and patterns. Visually intertwining and deconstructing traditional value systems, strong contrasts clash in the installation: a speech of an apartheid leader; a song by Miriam Makeba, who lived in exile for decades; apartheid and democracy; Boer nationalism and Pan-Africanism. Black Righteous Space, which was further developed as an app for the Making Africa exhibition, is an interactive interface through which Thomas invites the viewer to reflect on the boundless flow of history.

 

  • Film projection, sound, microphone, 400 × 400 × 400 cm. Edition of 10 © Hank Willis Thomas and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    Hank Willis Thomas. Black Righteous Space, 2014
  • Film projection, sound, microphone, 400 × 400 × 400 cm. Edition of 10 © Hank Willis Thomas and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    Hank Willis Thomas. Black Righteous Space, 2014
  • Film projection, sound, microphone, 400 × 400 × 400 cm. Edition of 10 © Hank Willis Thomas and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    Hank Willis Thomas. Black Righteous Space, 2014