Jacques Coetzer Coloured Prayers

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Jacques Coetzer Coloured Prayers

Jacques Coetzer Coloured Prayers

During a drive through the countryside, an occasional flash of colour will often signal domestic life – washing hung out on a fence outside a labourer’s cottage, for example. Merrily blown about, these strings of brightly-coloured clothing connect people and landscape, and make the ordinary and intimate public. Clothes lines, like prayer flags, can be imagined to send out personal messages on the wind.

This installation, found outside of the gallery or museum, falls under the European label ‘public art’. Yet in South Africa public space is not so much one shared reality as a number of economically segregated public realms where South Africans of varying financial means meet – those with tumble driers and those without. The clothing used in this project, supported by Pep Stores and SMAC Art Gallery, was once worn by the people of the Cloetesville township outside Stellenbosch.

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