Ijeremani Lam 2013 –
Theodorah, my alter ego first appeared in my work in 2005. Then she was making journeys into Johannesburg. To look at Johannesburg and visit sites of trauma. Johannesburg is a transitory space, people go through the city, come to the city and dream of the city. It’s the dream destination for many people throughout Africa. For Theodorah this has been a site of pain and fear.
I had based the work loosely on the movie “Jim comes to Johannesburg “and aptly titled the series “Theodorah Comes to Johannesburg. She does not reveal her face in this series as she does in various ways represent many women whose experience of Johannesburg is traumatic.
In the new series of Ijeremani Lam, my alter ego comes to life again. Taking a point of departure from Njabulo Ndebele’s book “The Cry of Winnie Mandela, 2003”, Theodorah arriving alone in Johannesburg decides to look for Gebane Mthetyane, her husband who came to Johannesburg in 2005.
It is a journey that takes her through Traditional healers, clairvoyants and introspection.
The work continues daily as I attempt to search for Gebane Mthetyane, hoping that when he sees Theodorah he will recognise her and restore their relationship to its former glory.
Theodorah wears umxhakatha, bought for her by Gebane for her welcoming ceremony to his family’s house.
IGODUKA SERIES 2014