50cm x 120cm
My quilt, entitled 'Forced Removal' attempts to tell the story of the forced removal and relocation of many hundreds of thousands of people of colour in South Africa during the era of apartheid. Although this is now over, the implications and damage caused by the policies of apartheid still contribute to ongoing hardships and inequalities for the majority of the South African population today.
The quilt was made in response to a challenge to members of the Contemporary Quilt group of the Quilters Guild in the UK. The title of the challenge was 'Dislocation' and I was delighted that my quilt was selected, along with 39 others to be displayed in the Contemporary Quilt gallery.
The quilt examines the destruction of so many neighbourhoods and communities and the forced relocation of people of colour during the apartheid years in South Africa. Friends and often families were split apart and sent to live in inferior, far away places with little or no services, jobs or opportunities. Very sadly, the shocking repercussions of this policy are still clearly visible in South Africa today.
The quilt was subsequently been selected to travel in the SAQA 'MyCorner of the World' exhibition in Canada and the USA and is now sold.