Shana-Lee Ziervogel

Shana-Lee Ziervogel
Shana-Lee Ziervogel is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is focused on the complexities and challenges they face being a so-called coloured within the colonial space that is Cape Town. Their work addresses the generational and hereditary trauma they face through their daily life; identifying with their own blackness in a racial, divided space and how they find ways to heal from these traumas. Ziervogel also confronts typical coloured stereotypes by unpacking where and at which point these stereotypes came to be. As we know the origins of the coloured body contains narratives from slavery, sexual violation and because Cape Town is a port city there were relationships formed with sailors, passerbyers and those who chose to immigrate here from other countries. Inevitably this created the group of inbetweeners whose identity was placed on them by a colonial state. Through the medium of photography, Ziervogel uses objects and spaces which they identify with as home and reconstructs the narrative that they have been painted with i.e being a heteronormative so-called coloured person. They do this through the confrontational gaze of their host Frida se kind who accommodates Ziervogel’s various personalities and energies that inhabit their physical body.

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