The Long Wait is a series of artworks created on the streets of Johannesburg towards the end of September 2012, which constituted the first instalment of Fragments of a Burnt History, showing at David Krut Projects in Parkwood from 8 November 2012 – 19 January 2013. The images, referencing a photographic project by Alexia Webster entitled Waiting for Work, are of groups of men in various postures of waiting. The works imply different kinds of waiting particular to a contemporary South African context – ‘miners waiting for justice, workers waiting for a living wage, people waiting for service delivery, refugees waiting for assistance, we are all waiting for an honest politician. There has been so much waiting in this country that much time has been lost.’
These monotypes are based on two of the images that made up the lines of waiting men in the poster campaign.