The Rainbow Room

October 7, 2013

Pierre le Riche’s Broederbond Exhibition

An installation created for Le Riche’s graduate exhibition entitled ‘Broederbond’, held at the Lovell Gallery in 2012.

The exhibition takes a critical look at the sociological implications of Afrikaner masculine hegemony on homosexuality in post-apartheid South Africa.

The room was constructed from 17km of acrylic thread (in the colours of the gay pride flag), created to resemble a traditional Afrikaner voorkamer (living room) in the midst of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final match; a significant moment in South African history, and perhaps the last chance the Afrikaner male had to
‘prove his superiority’.

Through the implementation of colourful and playful yarn bombs onto traditional furniture (such as ball and claw and a heritage riempiesbank) and over 150 rugby balls, the concept of homosexuality and masculinity is juxtaposed, questioning the acceptance of same-sex relations in Afrikaner culture.

During the course of the exhibition Le Riche sat in the room knitting covers for rugby balls and invited the viewers to join him.

The rugby on television was muted against the backdrop, effectively breaking the silence homosexuality receives in the Afrikaner culture.

Physical dimensions of the Rainbow Room installation
3000 x 3000 x 2700mm

17km acrylic yarn, timber and metal structural components
Wood heritage furniture, television set .

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