In my father's house there are many mansions
otton, flax, lamé, butcher's hooks, canola oil2007
new wool, chino serie, lamé, butcher's hooks, canola oil2007
leatherette, lamé, butcher's hooks, canola oil2007
Get in the car, I am your mother's friend
raw gerge silk, liberty print, cotton, butcher's hooks, canola oil2007
An installation of garments suspended from butcher's hooks forms the centre of the exhibition. The clothes, designed by Ruga, carry names such as Get in the car, I am your mother's friend, suggesting an undercurrent of abuse. They are drenched in Rapeseed (canola) oil, an ordinary cooking ingredient but also used as a substitute for lubricant in working-class communities. The darkness of these dripping outfits is offset by frivolous details, such as zebra-striped gold lamé frills that recall the late Brenda Fassie's iconic aesthetic. On the surrounding walls Ruga has created a new version of I Apologise, a improvisational text-based piece recounting a warped moment in the production of child pornography that is directed by a bionic hostess who can heal dis-ease with her body.
© Athi-Patra Ruga and studio