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video still: OM

photo credit: Oscar O'Ryan

Om is a video installation that explores the lived experience of Afrikaans as language. Moving from a more outsider viewpoint the work challenges stereotyped beliefs and cultural understandings regarding who is to be deemed ‘Afrikaans’. The title plays with the notion of ‘’to be’ (‘om’ in Afrikaans)) but also points towards the Buddhist understanding of ‘Om’ as a sound vibration which is able to cleanse away pride in order to cultivate kindness and empathy.

Short video here 

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