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Monday, July 11, 2016


(“Chad” - bleach, ink on photograph by Samantha Boock)

Seeking Permanence In A Transient World is an exhibition by Samantha Boock currently running at artSPACE durban.

According to Zygmunt Bauman, a Polish sociologist, ‘contemporary society can be defined as a “Liquid Society”: one that is in constant change’. Boock’s work questions the western notion of desiring permanence; for things to stay constant, stable and controllable, when in reality, we understand that it cannot be achieved as we are transient.

Boock’s work attempts to gain a sense of permanence, by capturing people onto photographs. The use of the photograph as a ‘canvas’ already has its own history and context; it has a captured moment on it, to be remembered forever, or, for as long as the image or photographic paper exists. In the work, images of people have been physically ‘scarred’ into the photograph’s surface, forcing the permanent embedment of the person into the medium. The photographs have been stained, bleached or scratched to reveal the person that has been captured.

The images rendered are of people that Boock has or has had a relationship with in some form, exploring the transience of relationships or her own transience. The work attempts to keep these figures in her life longer than in reality. The viewer, however, ‘passes through’ these images, just as Boock has with the people depicted.

Samantha is currently working on her Masters in Fine Art at Durban University of Technology.

Running in artSPACE’s Corridor space is an exhibition of graphic design images by Samantha’s sister, Charlot Boock, who is a DUT Graphic Design student.

artSPACE durban is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or