This mixed media triptych, Power Relations, explores differing notions of development in a world that is renegotiating power relations between north and south. Beeswax pellets describe electricity consumption patterns across the world, as visible from night-time satellite imagery, against a bitumen-coated canvas. As counterpoint, humanity’s ancestral migratory patterns (sourced from the Genographic Project) are stitched across the continents, beginning in the highlands of East Africa and spanning the globe. The red threads are mitochondrial DNA markers and the blue threads are Y chromosome markers.

Power Relations was exhibited on ‘View from the South’ at Everard Read Cape Town (2010). Visit the exhibition catalogue for more information.

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