Local artist Haroon Gunn-Salie’s riveting work Senzenina – capturing the ghosts of those slain in the Marikana Massacre – will be among an elite group of work displayed in London’s Regent’s Park next month.
The sculptures depict haunting images of striking Marikana mineworkers crouching vulnerably on the ground, before police shot dead 34 and wounded at least 78 in a highly-publicised massacre on August 16, 2012.
Surrounding the sculptures are sounds archived from the hour leading up to the massacre.
After police open fire, the sound of workers singing Senzenina engulfs the figures.
In Xhosa and Zulu Senzenina means: “What have we done?”
However, due to logistical issues, the sound will not accompany the work at the Frieze Sculpture 2018, London’s largest display of outdoor artwork.
Last year, the first-ever summer Frieze Sculpture was a resounding success, with more than 5 million visitors enjoying exceptional sculptures by artists from around the world.
The 2018 edition is as expansive and diverse, so that the public and collectors can experience world-class artwork in the English Gardens, designed by Markham Nesfield in 1866.