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Casspirs Full of Love depicts a structure resembling a shelved box containing seven severed heads. It relates to the state of emergency in South Africa, under which security forces had the right to detain suspects without warrant or trial, leading to many state-sanctioned murders. The title was inspired by a mother who sent a radio message to her son in the army ‘with casspirs full of love’. A casspir is an armoured riot-control vehicle. The imagery in this print is echoed in Kentridge’s film Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris in the adjacent gallery.

November 2007