Cape Town artist Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche is renowned for her bold and moving performance-based works that deal with feminism, womxnhood and celebrity culture. Jana, who is one of the 10and5 Creative Womxn 2017, invited us into her space as she prepared and performed a new work, titled Bound.
“Bound is a performance of struggle and perseverance,” according to the artist. “The use as stockings as a stand in for rope is a intentional, as a symbol of women’s oppression. It symbolises how female bodies are restrained, and restricted from accessing power. Restraints on a female body can also evoke sexual connotations. It’s a meditation on of how women’s bodies are treated violently but simultaneously sexualised. Even though womxn have more visibility now than ever before, it’s not enough. We have thousands of years’ of oppression embedded in our skin.”
Music: Eill — Wonder
Filming: Maxime Thaysen
Editing: Nelani Majozi
Production: Lee-Ann Orton
Creative Direction: Shaheed Martin
Concept: Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche