This piece is based on a 1949 black and white photo of a Nigerian dancer. I was fascinated by her body modification brands and confident expression. When I come back from Africa I plan to make work based on my impressions of the experience.
After watching every documentary available I have mixed emotions about the trip, the preconceptions developed by micro-focused information describe both a thriving economy and a continent ravaged by disease and HIV. I feel strange going to have a "rich American" (I am by no means rich, this trip is only possible through the grace and generosity of others) experience in a country where the class quality of life still seems to be so greatly skewed.
All of these thoughts are completely biased on information out of time and out of place floating in the convergence. I look forward to developing my impressions of reality in South Africa on an actual personal experience.