“I like leaving things open-ended,” says Monique Pelser, as she stands in the centre of her art exhibition, Conversations with my Father. “Very layered but intentionally framed so that everybody who comes in has a different experience.”
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In 2010, Monique Pelser’s father died of a rare motor neuron disease. A South African police officer during apartheid, Pelser’s father left behind objects, footage and documents that served as evidence of his life under apartheid. The exhibition highlights a forensic approach to understanding a man who Pelser knew as a good father but who arguably served as a part of the apartheid regime. Through analysing all this evidence, Pelser hopes to gain an understanding of trauma and the patriarchal figure of the father.
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