Nolan Oswald Dennis
Why a School? Notes From an Unrealised Film, 2022, installation (archival images, text and video). Courtesy of the artist and Nigel Dennis.
After the student uprisings of 1976, a generation of South African teenagers went into exile to join the armed struggle against Apartheid. The liberation movement (ANC), supported by its allies built a school to educate these young students. Many of them went onto study in universities across the Eastern bloc. One of these students, artist’s uncle Nigel Dennis, returned from FAMU, a film school in Prague, and wrote a treatment for film about this revolutionary school. This project presents his script and research notes, photographs and other documents from his personal archive alongside an interview with artist’s uncle about his film which was never realised.
B. 1988, Lusaka, Zambia. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.