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Matsogo

Lerato Shadi

1979 - Present

Matsogo

2013
Single-channel video with audio
5 minutes

The video MATSOGO shows a pair of hands crumbling a piece of cake and reshaping it into the same triangle shape that references the beginning slice. Through the process of moving from deconstruction to reconstruction, the essence and consumability of the piece of cake is undermined and lost, as it is recreated into an object, that resembles and has the same elements as the cake, but has lost its function. The soundtrack combines two songs from two different popular Setswana folktales. The songs are mixed together, thereby confusing and convoluting the narratives of the folktales in such a way, that there are three to five characters in an ongoing polylogue, that revolves around belief and disbelief, trust and betrayal.