TRUTH BOOTH AND
In South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a flooding of individual stories, testimonies worked together to build a more complex understanding of the system of apartheid itself, by which to collectively dismantle it and discover new ways to organize society. In a new century, we continue to live in a world of corrupt systems, and are disempowered by the fractured nature of our personal and national conversations. Conspiracy theory attacks on the media and media's manipulation of details undermine our ability to navigate information. In this state, there is an urgent need for Paolo Freire’s idea of concientiztion –an awareness of the invisible systems in which we are living– so that we can find and respond to the fundamental roots of disharmony as an informed body independent of media interpretation. In this light, the truth and reconciliation commission is an interesting model to confront not only racism, but misogyny, human migration, energy and the environment, class and other complex issues that divide us along lines of ideology and allegiance.
Since 2018, The Truth Booth and Reconciliation Station has been a tool to experiment with audiences ability to reflect honestly on their relationship to issues relevant to their community, and process the experiences of others in order to better understand the forces around us. Ultimately, the Truth Booth and Reconciliation Station is a mobile, pop-up exhibit meant to productively respond to different geographies and topics and explore questions of SANCTUARY needed for self reflection and humility, and PLATFORMS that support one another's perspectives to deepen awareness of and agency in oppressive systems.