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SCULPTURE FINALIST 2016/BATHUSI ADOLPHUS MAGINA

My work deals with dualities that place men above women, white above black and the rich above the poor.

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My work deals with dualities that place men above women, white above black and the rich above the poor. I explore the concept of sin that, in Christianity, was put onto pigs.

I made a pig’s head out of concrete to emphasise the stubbornness of information that has become dogma, information that is located in the head, the centre of reasoning, where reality is constructed. Many people still believe that pigs are dirty; others deem them beautiful enough to keep as pets; and still others prize the animals for their bacon.

Fashion has always contributed to shaping society. It has been a medium of discourse between cultures, races and civilisations. Seeing fashion as art, I have created a costume that makes a political statement by challenging the ordinary mind to start recognising how clothing has been used to manipulate society.

Powerful institutions such as military, religious and political organisations depend on a uniform or code of dress to establish power and classification. My design takes as its starting point the belief that fabric is not only used to cover the body but to send a particular message. I use concrete as a metaphor for consistency and hardness, like the use of clothing and the idea behind clothing since ancient times.

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