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'Portable Heritage' (2018)

'Portable Heritage' (2018)

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Pierre le Riche

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A limited-edition artist’s book published on the occasion of Pierre le Riche’s graduate exhibition Portable Heritage
 
From the preface:
 
“My motivation for conducting this research was born from the discomfort of thinking about my own identity in terms of my race. I identify as a white gay Afrikaans male who grew up in a moderately conservative household in the predominantly Afrikaans Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. My Afrikaner heritage, which is strongly influenced by the Calvinist faith and for that reason has outdated views on issues such as masculinity and homosexuality, dictated how I saw myself and related to the world: my sexuality deviated from preconceived ideals of Afrikaner masculinity, and that was a big problem in my community… I was, admittedly, distracted from and, to a certain extent, naïve about my whiteness until the aforementioned unsettlement at the University of Cape Town forced me to consider it more intently. My findings were unsettling, and left me with an overwhelming insecurity about my place in South Africa. This project is thus the result of my perceived uncertain white identity, and how my insecurities as a white person living in post-apartheid South Africa has manifested in an engulfing body of artworks at a time of political revolution.”
 
19.5 x 25 cm | 112 pages
 
Pierre le Riche (b. 1986) is an artist living and working in Cape Town. He primarily works in sculpture and installation, and while he does not favour any one medium, he is perhaps best known for his yarnbombing and needlework.