SOUTH AFRICA | London Design Biennale 2016

South Africa's installation, Otium and Acedia, celebrated liberation and playfulness as fitting statements of a country reborn from a convoluted, visceral history. Porky Hefer designed a series of hanging nests in the form of animals, into which visitors could climb. The animals were fairly ferocious: aquatic predators such as the killer whale and the piranha whose gaping maws bristle with teeth. But Hefer's sub-aquatic utopia was also quirky and cheerful. For a country 'emerging' from its past struggles, a pervading sense of liberation and innocence took on an emboldened meaning alongside the theme of utopia.
  • Administering Body: Southern Guild
  • Designer: Porky Hefer
  • Curators: Trevyn McGowan, Julian McGowan

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