"I just think white people, white South African’s are the luckiest nation, community, whatever you want to call it, in the world. For all intents and purposes we all should have been machete’d a long time ago and the fact that we’re still around, still living with the comforts that we have and the advantages that we have, really goes to say a lot for the black population". Chavi Alheit - Un/Settled participant

The end of apartheid was signalled by a collective gesture of forgiveness and hope, one that seemed at the time to transcend the war still being fought. We bid farewell to out-and-out white supremacy, but its categories of race stayed with us. Its urban design stayed with us. Its divided beaches and schools did too. And yet we, the authors of this project, never really talked about these things among our friends and family, beyond well-meaning liberal platitudes and a general awareness that much still had to change. Is that shameful, this lack of real talk about whiteness, among the whites? It is. Un/Settled is a multimedia participatory project that seeks to stop forgetting.

In my interviews and my images, I am asking white South Africans to step outside for a minute – to look at the house from the outside in and acknowledge histories of migration and settler colonialism. At the end of apartheid, there was no miracle of revelation among apartheid’s captains, only a moment of political astuteness on the part of some National Party leaders and a compromise. Still, white South Africans seem to have taken the peaceful turn to genuine democracy and public acts of healing like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as absolution. This was not absolution. The master’s walls still stood… (text by Olivia Walton)