On her journey, third-year student Kim Morrow noticed a “large disparity between different social and cultural groups in the public sphere”. To address this issue she created a vessel out of a cardboard box she recycled from a dumping site that would “generate a one-on-one experience with the public, to bring about human interaction”. She then took the box to various locations in Pretoria and invited people to climb into the box.
Everybody who enters the box is on the same level, no one is superior. “When you enter the box and you are lying on the floor, you can’t tell differences in social status or class, race and age. We are all the same,” says Morrow. She also wanted to challenge people’s stereotypical perceptions about who belongs where in Pretoria. “For example, I can’t go into Sunnyside, because I don’t belong there,” she says.
Her project, titled “Think outside the Box”, documents people’s experiences with the box by taking their photograph while they are inside the box. She then asks them to draw a picture or a map on the box of the journey that brought them there.
“It’s all about the networking of how people get around Pretoria,” Morrow says of the drawings.
The box also forces everyone who enters it to be confronted with a sense of alienation, because you are only allowed to enter it on your own. Through this Morrow wanted to show that all of us experience a sense of alienation at some point in our lives. “Being from Zimbabwe, for example, I also feel alienated sometimes, because I am not allowed to join many competitions or banks,” says Morrow.
She will be continuing her project throughout the duration of the biennale at different locations around Pretoria. To follow her project visit her blog www.thinkoutsidetheboxpta.wordpress.com or her Instagram account @thinkoutsidetheboxpta.