From the artist:
“The figure of the indentured labourer is remembered in various ways across the world, but in places like Trinidad and Tobago, Indian Arrival Day is celebrated as part of the national culture. South Africa celebrated (read: flaccidly acknowledged) 160 years of the arrival of the first indentured labourers in 2020. This zine unravels citizenship, racial melancholia and diasporic connections whilst imagining how ancestral trauma can, or should, be memorialised.”
handbound zine printed in colour on matte cardstock | 10.5 × 14.8cm | 4 pages
A self-described “failed academic”, Youlendree Appasamy is a writer, editor, digital collagist and zine-maker. Her practice moves across modes of consideration, from research to object-making, reflecting on “art and its intersections” in contemporary South African communities of South Asian ancestry. Youlendree’s primary preoccupations are centred around indenture and its afterlives. She lives and works in Johannesburg.