The Rusting diamond is an immersive experience that takes audiences into the hidden world of Lady San Lorenzo-a rusting deep-sea, diamond mining vessel at the edge of port of Cape Town. Caught within global capitalist politics of diamond cartels in Africa, the ship has been left to decay for the last nine years and provides shelter to a few Ghanaian immigrants too afraid to venture into the city due to threats of xenophobic attacks and the illegality of their presence. Their lives tied to a sinking vessel. This work reflects on the spatiality of abandonment, migrancy and globalization by presenting a set of ‘counter images’ of global capitalism.
Images from the installation inside the Castle of Good Hope. The work was set up across three rooms in the old recruit building inside the castle.