Sohette Wait

‘Slow Stain’

Wait’s work is founded in moments of visual dislocation and the attempts to make sense of it. Wait’s current body of work focuses on how women in South Africa from different economic, social and political backgrounds experience slow symbolic violence, not only through gender stereotypes according to which women have a ‘natural’ quality for certain domestic roles, but also a way of thinking that has become ingrained in the fibers of society. All women’s experiences are not the same and vary depending on historical, social and geographical contexts. Thus, Wait’s aim is not to speak for all women but rather to start a dialogue in a manner that promotes a more open-ended discussion that aims to be accessible to a large scope of women. In this way, Wait intends to create work that will allow different women with varying experiences and outlooks to engage with and relate to it.