This series features shrapnel(forensic evidence) which has been eviscerated from gun-shot victims in South Africa.
After the change in power in 1994 South Africans and many state institutions were gripped with the feverish urge to be transparent. It was in this oddly revelatory atmosphere that I encountered an Afrikaans man at police forensics who allowed me to photograph this evidence from unresolved cases.
The series provides a alternative representation of violence to the hackneyed way in which violence at that time was being portrayed.
The work is in the same conceptual realm as ‘handbags’ and ‘people who other people think look like me’.
1999, 34 works in total, c-prints, dimensions variable, mounted in circular frames, 1/3 and 3 a/p