South Durban Basin
by Neith Moore
Again… try to breathe
Smoke billows and grey ash coats my lungs
Poison can’t be seen but plants crust, wilt and die
Petrochemicals - invisible - such beautiful names
‘Petchem’, toluene, benzene, styrene, ethylene, butadiene.
Where did you go? Where are you now?
(on the occasion of a big plastics and wax warehouse fire in the
South Durban Basin)
I once lived looking down on South Durban Bay and experienced the horrific pollution resulting from a fire in a harbour warehouse containing petrochemicals in 2017.
In my video, I tried to create the look and feel of the original faded Magic Lantern slides, but - instead of the original idealized utopian Durban landscape - I created the dystopian reality of life in the 21st century.
WEBSITE: Magic Lantern page