Robyn Denny | Series | Indian Ocean2019-10-03T14:13:19+00:00


Robyn Denny

Research Project Indian Ocean 2019 – 2020

Robyn Denny

Feelings of entrapment and entanglement in my Natal childhood emerged amidst an abundance of wild bananas and sugar cane fields – my current series began with the vivid remembering of this density of Durban foliage.

Later, during heady trips in my teens across the Indian Ocean to the coastal havens of Mauritius, I learned that the sugar estates there were part of the same system of indentured labour that serviced the South African sugar industry.

Thus began a fascination with a natural system whose beauty is fraught. These are scarred landscapes linked by a glimmering ocean. The historical energies rising to their surfaces speak of slavery, and the still current afterlives of exploitation and inequity.