Daniel and Rosemarie Bormann

Hi Scott

while searching for my roots I came across some of your articles on the Internet. I was touched by your stories about South Africa, specially by “Children of the mist” as I have found that my roots are in the Griquas culture.

As a industrial designer and artist I am expressing my cultural experience and upbringing under the apartheid system in my work. I would like to share this with you as someone who is interested in this.

I would like to send you some of my extraordinary material and share my point of view about the history of the Griquas.

With my German wife I am now living in Hamburg from where I try to raise more awareness about the forgotten people.

At this moment I want to fall with the door into the house and share our assimilation of art and design. It is a great petty that I had to go so far from home and look from the outside in to express my point of few about the forgotten people. But I am glad, that I can now build a bridge between you and us.

For you to understand our concept we will add here the introduction to one of our presentations:

The Industrial Designer Daniel Bormann (born 1959 in Southern Africa) started his design studio 1986 in Cape Town.

When Rosemarie, his German wife joined him in 1993 they began developing a range of functional objects, whereby the Design-Rule: Form follows function shouldn’t be applicable.

In their search for a new shape they found their main source of inspiration in the palettes (THE BLACK & WHITE THING/RECONCILIATION) and tools (BROTLOSE KUNST/ACTION) of artists.

Daniel & Rosemarie went on digging and found the spade (lat. pala) as the forerunner of the palettes in the 17th century. As the spade is also a symbol of oppression of African people it found its place in pieces like THE STRUGGLE IS OVER and EQUAL RIGHTS.

Each object tells a story, born out of the experiences of the two artists. Many of the first creations talk about the experiences from the meltingpott of the southafrican cultures. They reflect the inner conflicts of accommodation to survive the inhuman times of the Apartheid-System.

They talk about the search of identity which was lost through the fusion of previous generations with other cultures (European, African and Asian). And nobody talks about it. Through hard digging the artists try to get to the roots. Through assimilation they want to create their own identity.

Daniel & Rosemarie Bormann are searching for a new language to speak about things for which you hardly find words. They strive to portray even the worst experience in a positive picture, so that the viewer feels invited. With ease the objects want to engage the viewer into a discussion. After first smiling the viewer finally realize the deep sense behind the humoresque picture.

After all the objects have a function which is part of the Bormann’s wish, to live with the art, to actively engage on a daily basis with their creations.

Daniel & Rosemarie Bormann are striving for a dynamic equilibrium through adaption and assimilation. They want to live in harmony with themselves and their surroundings. And they invite all viewers to their newly created world.

Since 2007 the Bormann’s live and work in Hamburg.

Looking at the word Griekwas in Afrikaans I see: Grie kwas = Kwas for brush What do you see?

This is just a small glimpse into our work.

We are looking forward to your impressions and comments.

Have a great day.

Kind regards from Hamburg

Daniel & Rosemarie

The Bormann's website

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