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Minnette Vári's video Alien was first presented in October 1998 on 'Democracy's Images' at the Bildmuseet in Umea, Sweden, and can be seen at the Alliance Française in Parkview, Johannesburg, this month on her show 'Beyond the Pale'.

Sourcing images from materials old and new, brochures, leaflets from the South African Defence Force, newspapers and television, Vári mutates these into a new video - a strange version of South Africa as understood by the world based on "eye-witness" accounts.

"We see ourselves in this revolving mirror of up-to-the-minute news, but also expose the world's desires with regard to this country and its situation. The distortion of the figures is the discomfort of an ill-fitting interpretation."

...ZA@PLAY   MWeb

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