L.A. Raeven

Location: Cape Town - February 2007


In the video No Whites, a single white woman is looking for the perfect sperm donor. Dissatisfied with her own appearance, she is searching for a sperm donor with ideal characteristics, because she wants to have the perfect child. But how to find your perfect donor? In her search for a donor she contacts sperm banks, modeling agencies, places advertisements, and just simply asks men if they want to be her donor. She acts like it is business as usual; she just doesn’t understand why it is thought so strange she wants to have a black man as her sperm donor.

A different set of taboos is touched on in this work. At issue is not only the designing of the perfect human being, but also race relations; even more so as the video was shot in South Africa, where Apartheid was created as a basic political and social structure, and which has become a symbol for the social exclusion that persists to this day.

This installation is made possible by the Mondriaan Fonds