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Dompas – A comic book collaboration with Zackie Achmat

April 18, 2011

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Displayed images represent a work in progress  (basic idea of format, style and research).

Dompas tells the love story of Mr and Mrs Komani, how they met and their battle to stay together in 1950s Apartheid South Africa. The comic takes the form of a passbook, the very object that prevented the Komanis from being together. The comic forms a translation of a chapter in the documentary film Law and Freedom by stalwart human rights activist Zackie Achmat and deals with how the infamous ‘Dompas’ (‘reference book’) system came to be abolished. The Dompas required all black people in the country at the time to carry a document that dictated where they could work while restricting them to certain parts of the country. This comic represents a collaboration and series of conversations between Achmat and myself while working on the comic version of the film, as well as the translated  comic itself. The comic will be handbound, accompanied by a series of removable documents, a few of which include photographs, letters and other illustrations.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy Mason permalink
    April 19, 2011 8:24 am

    Roberto! This project is coming together incredibly well. How much of it are you thinking of exhibiting at Co/Mix?

  2. April 19, 2011 9:23 am

    Thanks Andy. I’m looking to exhibit the completed comic. Illustrations are just about done. Just wanting to rearrange some compositions, replace the text and make the book.

  3. April 19, 2011 2:27 pm

    I like your idea and illustrations. I’m excited about artists books as its a new idea to me being more involved in textiles and sculpture so I’m quite keen to see what’s coming to Co/Mix. I think there might be art books in my future!!!

  4. April 19, 2011 7:07 pm

    Hi Robbie, sounds incredible! I’m gonna copy your post to my blog and show people at work (TAC)

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