|Amid the great ambassadorial flap that greeted South Africa's return to the international cultural supermarket, more integral self-curated shows like The Laager were easily overlooked for events like Colours in Berlin in 1996. True to form Barker, one of 26 South African artists on show, decided to make full use of the cameras, big-screen monitors and big-name guests to show his work.|
At the time, the president was separated from Winnie Mandela and had begun to court his third wife, Graca Machel, the former first lady of Mozambique who had been widowed by a South African-engineered bomb attack on her husband, Samora Machel's aeroplane.
Now in Berlin in front of Mandela was Barker's Mozambique. There were Coca Cola logos, AK47s, a 1994 inauguration plate and - poignantly enough - a "his/hers" painting inside a big heart.
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Wayne Barker: Artist's Monograph