Artist: Juan Stockenstroom
Body of work: Otherness
South African identity can be seen as the construction of a norm against which all “others” are defined. This construction has set up a social order against which race, sexual orientation, gender and faith is measured. In South Africa this norm has been engineered by a history of slavery, colonialism and apartheid, with some groups being rendered un-autonomous – their identity defined only by comparison to the imagined norm.
Through morphed and exaggerated portraits, this work investigates the notion of otherness in South Africa’s millennial generation. While the antiquated understanding social and cultural norms still stand, a new generation of independent radical thinkers in South Africa are redefining social identity and sitting comfortably within their otherness. They are a new generation – redefining norms and taking ownership of their social identities.