The cave represents a return for Vári to a childhood memory of spending weekends with her grandparents in the south of Johannesburg in a suburb nestled amongst the golden mine heaps of Johannesburg. Lying sleepless in her dark room, she would watch as shadows and silhouettes caused by passing cars rendered the familiar space otherworldly and uncanny. The inner world of childhood and its fears and imaginings come alive, amongst which, furniture walking down the passage, and a portrait of a man, done by her mother as an art student, starting to speak. This work which also references the musings on reality and ideal explored in Plato’s allegory of the cave.
Digital video with stereo audio
Duration 2′ 40″