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A large, modern memorial, which remembers one thousand and nine women and children (mostly children) who died in British concentration camps during the Boer War, and similar to the Vietnam Veteran's wall in Washington DC, stands in the centre of a nondescript town in the former state of Transvaal, South Africa.
I could not fathom why it took so long to build this tribute to the defenceless victims of a century-old British atrocity and why it was realised in the last days of the apartheid era. The British had lost political power in South Africa back in 1948.
I thought this memorial particularly poignant because of the brevity of the lives it commemorates and because of the brevity of its political importance to the country in which it stands.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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