The Lost Men Mozambique
Counter-memorial, Catembe Ferry Jetty, Maputo, Mozambique
24 April – 12 May 2007
For this once-off counter-memorial it was intended to depict the names of Mozambican and South African combattants who had died in the Mozambican Civil War between the Frelimo and Renamo political movements. During the 1980's, South Africa's apartheid government supported Renamo. In 2007 however, Mozambican authorities placed a moratorium on releasing any names to the public and consequently, Emmanuel's skin was embossed with the words Unknown Soldier repeated in Shangaan and Portuguese languages. Two printmaking workshops were conducted at The National School of Visual Art in Maputo and an exhibition of participant’s prints was installed at the French-Mozambican Cultural Centre. Supported by Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Centre Culturel Franco-Mozambicano, French Institute South Africa and The National School of Visual Art. In memory of John Hodgkiss.
Article by Jorge Dias for Arte em Movinmento (Portuguese), (2009)
Press release from Art Source South Africa [PDF] (2007)
Article by Johan Myburgh for Beeld newspaper (2007)