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Detail, Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, South Africa
31" x 47.25"
Cibachrome Diasec print
2001

Photographer and video artist Abrie Fourie captures often overlooked and spare environments throughout the world that speak in subtle ways to universal sociopolitical and spiritual themes. In Detail, Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, South Africa, rather than depict the grandeur of the Voortrekker monument, Fourie captures signage or sculptures noting the Afrikaner history it is meant to honor. However, Fourie’s primary focus is on an otherwise insignificant interior corner in which the reflective surface of a floor meets the junction of two marbled walls. The image is beautifully composed with formal elegance. With minimal attention to color, line and texture, the scene is void of people yet pregnant in its silent and evocative aura.