AiR online / Scott Eric Williams (ZA)

Introducing participants in the Offcity online residency programme.

Scott Eric Williams (ZA)

  • "My project is a Zine called "African Hikikomori". The zine will be realized as a pdf and will combine text, collage, mind maps, photography and documentation of a fashion study. Hikikomori is a term identifying predominantly Japanese men who have chosen a lifestyle of self isolation due to disillusionment with society. Although I'm South African I relate to Hikikomori as I become more socially inept with age. The legislated COVID-19 isolation brings a strange dimension. During this period I have seen an increase in people wearing protective hygiene masks. As an artist who often makes uses of costume and garments in my practice I started thinking of these in a fashion context. The mind jumps to Martin Margiela who used masks as a signature. Margiela stepped down from his fashion label in 2009 and went into isolation due to disillusionment with the fashion world. Relating this to the tropes of African masks and fashion my zine will explore isolation as African Hikikomori."

Scott Eric Williams is a self-taught artist from Cape Town and 2019 Andrew Mellon Award winning artist. Williams uses diverse media, which range from sculpture with recycled materials and weaving to zines and Wheatpaste street art. Williams is moved to create empathetic work, with an intention to pro-actively contribute to a multifaceted image of African identity. Scott’s work contemplates experiences of migration, land, hope and trade within inner-city contexts. Through his use of urban detritus and site specific materials he strives to make sense of city life. As a solo artist he has exhibited at Eclectica Contemporary, Gallery MOMO, Dyman Contemporary, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale and UCT Michaelis – amongst others.