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Mixedness is my Mythology by Farren van Wyk

Mixedness is my Mythology by Farren van Wyk

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Sep 09 2024 19:00 - 20:30
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Mixedness is my Mythology

Mixedness is my Mythology explores the historical relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands that revolves around the connections and contradictions of migration, ethnicity, colonialism and apartheid.

I was born in South Africa in 1993, the official last year of the apartheid era that classified me as Coloured. My grandparents were forcefully removed and my parents chose to raise me in The Netherlands from the age of six. My family sits in a grey space where we deconstruct the apartheid construction of ‘colouredness’ and make it our own.

The conscious choice of black-and-white analogue photography refers to the historical anthropological inhumane images of people of colour in South Africa that were used to support ideas on race and legalised oppression. As an apartheid baby, there is an element of confronting the Netherlands' governmental failure to acknowledge its role and responsibility in South Africa's history. I counter this history of portraiture and create a coming together of cultural aspects from Africa, the Netherlands and the African diaspora in America.

Being neither black nor white, a person of colour is a shade of grey in which everything is possible. In this grey area, I use photography to reclaim and redefine what being a person of colour means. This body of work shows a reconciliation, and acceptance of our mixed identity. It is about getting in touch after being cut off from our Coloured roots, land and culture. The literal touch of the skin and hair, rediscovering oneself and reconnecting with one's identity through the creation of a visual iconography. We are creating our family’s mythology that is an ode to being Coloured.


Farren van Wyk (1993) is a South African and Dutch Photographer and Educator. She holds a BA in Photography and an MA in Cultural & Visual Anthropology—her research-based work centres around decolonial methods of changing historical and cultural misrepresentations of people of colour.

Van Wyk is a member of the African Photojournalist Association with World Press Photo, Black Women Photographers, PH Museum and Women Photograph.

She currently holds two positions as a Research teacher at the University of Arts in Utrecht (HKU) and a Website & Photo Editor at ZAM.

With Merit Scholarships, she attended the Charcoal Bookclub Chico Hot Springs Portfolio

Review in 2022 and the Portfolio Review in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2023. In the Netherlands, she is part of the 2024 Fotodok Talent Embassy Program with the funding of the Pictoright Fund. She is an emerging artist with the European-based FUTURES.

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