What is faith? Reality based inspiration, hope in things not seen? Or perhaps active participation in it’s unfolding. Any way you slice it, the latest work of South African based artist Faith47 paints Mother Nature’s man-made landscape with an unmistakably passionate reminder of the beautiful power of the human heart. With breathtaking potency the elixir of faith in action via the heart, mind and hand, is captured in the artist’s series of panoramic photographs of word, art and life in the South African landscape. The series, The Restless Debt of Third World Beauty, documents Faith47′s large scale graffiti/mural (a.k.a. public art) work on shanty walls and reaches a volume of intensity, when viewed in a global south landscape, that immediately invokes memories of the old school rumble of full train burners in New York City – taking the beautiful struggle to the next level.
(Faith47, a silent nation, location: gugulethu, cape town, south africa, 23x135cm)
A one woman army wicked in style and execution, Faith47 describes her project as, “my personal exploration into parts of the South African landscape that juxtapose beauty and strength with hardship and neglect.” She goes on to describe the genesis of the work in these terms:
both the female and the third world have been oppressed and raped.
despite this they are powerfully resilient and form the backbone of strength in society.
their voices silenced in the media with its strong western male gaze.
there is frustration and resistance that result from this situation.
and this restless debt is what i am looking at.
the resilience and strength
the angry calm
something humble and bulletproof in a violent world.
(Faith47, it’s a beautiful world will someone repair its broken heart, location: khayalitsha, cape town, south africa, 23x140cm)
The Restless Debt of Third World Beauty will be on view in June, 2008, at the Womb Gallery, as part of The Bass Festival in Birmingham, England, and in August, 2008, at the ATM Gallery in Berlin, Germany….View the series (PDF format). Watch The Restless Debt of Third World Beauty VIDEO.