CONCEPT, DESIGN & DIRECTION BY BRETT BAILEY
TECHNICAL MANAGER: IAIN NORTH
“…it causes you to interrogate the rest of the festival and question the validity and the import of the cultural expression. Does our art address our problems or is it just frivolity in the face of oppression? And while you’re rushing from show to gig to show, frustrated that you don’t have time to eat, Bailey’s exhibition functions as a voice for the voiceless. A stark reminder that just around the corner there are people who don’t have food to eat.”
– CUE ONLINE
“…explores the racial divide in Grahamstown. The glaring segregation that seems to be deemed more acceptable because it’s English speaking white people that are living above the breadline, the fine-dining upper crust.”
– CUE ONLINE
Originally called ‘Blood Diamonds’, TERMINAL was performed in Grahamstown’s abandoned Victorian railway terminal. Grahamstown is a small city in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, and the site of the National Arts Festival for the past 40-odd years. The piece originated as a response to the social, economic and historic inequalities that characterize Grahamstown – and every other town in South Africa.
‘TERMINAL is not a play. There is no drama here. No beginning/middle /end.’
A direct precursor to EXHIBIT B, TERMINAL took the form of a series of live installations, or tableaux vivants, that foregrounded and set up a web of connections and associations between aspects of the social-historical environment of the region. The audience, led by the hand by a small child in silence, travelled through the installation one by one.