Mary Duker

‘Leaving Home’, an exhibition structured as a series of visual chapters, is the product of a long period of practice based research. It focuses on the exploration of abandoned homes on two sites, one rural and one urban, in the Eastern Cape. The images and videos and installations of the spectral fragments and found objects that the homemakers left behind them have been installed in a shifting and fluid assemblage that relates to the spaces in the Nelson Mandela University’s Bird Street Gallery.

The works can be read as the material evidence of the research process, and as an autoethnographic creative response to the wordless stories that both the abandoned sites and the objects narrate and demand attention to.

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