Soweto

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Postby Tinku on Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:53 am

Soweto

Edition of 7 + 1/1

This is the portrait of a girl photographed by my father on the 11th of September 2001 in Soweto, South Africa.
Soweto was built on the outskirts of Johannesburg to relocate the black population, displaced from areas destined exclusively for whites by the Apartheid regime.
In June 1976, close to 20000 black students from Soweto took to the streets to protest against the imposition of Afrikaans (Germanic language which represented White political power and domination, in particular the Apartheid regime) as the official language of instruction in schools. The protesters were repressed by State Forces and hundreds of students were killed.
The legacy of the Group Areas Act and Bantu Education still haunt South Africa and Soweto is today, as in the past, a symbol of the struggle against racism, oppression, exploitation and marginalization.


Image

Main edition of 7

70 x 60 x 8 cm (27.5 x 23.6 x 3.1 inches)
Three-dimensional stencil on lightbox.
Caoba wood, handpainted stencil cutouts (cut on MDF), aerosol, aluminum, electric and lighting materials.
Signed and numbered using a laser engraver.

Tinku, 2017
With the support of 360° and Cune.

*Please note that Soweto is not a framed stencil painting. The stencils themselves make the portrait, due to the way they are painted and located. The distance between them also generates a sense of three-dimensionality and makes the image change when your viewing angle does so, giving Soweto a dynamic feeling.
**Soweto is designed to be hanged (it has two hangers at the back).

Technical specifications

Soweto is lit using around 300 LEDs. LEDs were used in order to keep the temperature at a minimum, to extend the duration of the lighting system (they last more than 15 years, and can be replaced once they fade) and to reduce energy consumption, all while providing enough light to make Soweto work both in dark and bright environments.

Energy consumption: 150 Watts (less than a standard TV)
Voltage: 110/220 Volts
Electric plug: Type A (if your country uses a different plug, you will need an adaptor)


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Special edition (1/1)

70 x 60 x 8 cm (27.5 x 23.6 x 3.1 inches)
Three-dimensional stencil on lightbox.
Purpleheart wood, handpainted stencil cutouts (cut on MDF), aerosol, aluminum, electric and lighting materials.
Signed and numbered using a laser engraver.

Tinku, 2017
With the support of 360° and Cune.

*The wood was treated using natural oils and waxes. The deep purple colour of this edition is natural to the wood used.


More images

Main edition:

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Special edition:

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Shipping policy

Soweto will be shipped using either FedEx or DHL, from Mexico City. Although Soweto is not extremely fragile, it will always be shipped insured, in order to avoid further concerns.


Price

Main edition of 7: USD 1000 + shipping and fees
Special edition of 1: USD 1500 + shipping and fees

*Please note that the Special edition is a bit heavier than the Main edition (due to the high density of purpleheart wood), and therefore the shipping costs can differ in both cases.


If you are interested in buying Soweto, please fill the following form: http://soweto.eltinku.com

Please feel free to contact me should you have any doubts or comments.
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