The weighted themes frequently seen in Lephoto’s fashion collections are synonymous with narratives of silenced sartorial landscapes and histories. These contextualised narratives spotlight the complex realities of post-apartheid South Africa. ”Home Affairs is a story about South Africa’s social labels,” explains Lephoto. In the home affairs queue, all become equal in a melting pot of cultural differences. All in one place, seeking and representing different needs, traditions, backgrounds and histories; where foreign missions and asylum seekers mix, and where freedoms of movement and identities are made possible. No matter your social status and class you have to pass through the hands of Home Affairs, and in its halls, we may hold our stereotypes up to the light of each others’ realities.
To platform crucial stories such as these, AFRI is seeking sponsors and partners to support and participate in the exhibition through its Take a Seat campaign. “Without giving too much of the exhibit away – there will be an interactive element to the exhibition involving seats – we are looking for people to join hands with us in bringing the space to life as we fundraise to cover the exhibition’s costs. You can sponsor a seat (or more) and become part of the story in the exhibition, with different ways that you can participate as an individual or an institution, and the gifts available for our partners and sponsors.” — Joint statement by Dr. Erica de Greef & Lesiba Mabitsela, co-founders of AFRI.