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Watch excerpts from Francois Knoetze's 'Cape Mongo' series

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The main art feature in the new issue of House and Leisure investigates an intriguing body of work by Francois Knoetze, entitled 'Cape Mongo'. Hailing from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, he was first introduced to the world of theatre, art and music through the annual National Arts Festival (NAF), and this set the scene for the work he's done since.

His best-known project to date, Knoetze's 'Cape Mongo' series has been shown at festivals and exhibitions around the world. In it, we see creatures wearing larger-than-life sculptural suits made from different forms of trash lumbering through Cape Town, revisiting the sites of their imagined pasts.

Turn to page 43 of House and Leisure's July 2017 issue to read more about Knoetze's work and the way it's taking notions of performance and participation into wholly new territory. Below, you can watch a few video excerpts of the 'Cape Mongo' series, performed in public spaces over a period of two years.

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For more of Knoetze's work, visit his website.