chapter six: please leave a message after the tone..


AVA Gallery, Cape Town. August 2016.


Suzette Clarke’s office is installed on the mezzanine above the main gallery.


Suzette has not been in her profession very long, but her office, appropriately, is a picture of studied assurance..echoed in the breezy outgoing message on her telephone answering machine: 'Hello, this is Suzette Clarke, artist's brand strategist. I can't take your call right now, but please leave a message after the tone.'


Further back however, beyond her desk, one senses disarray in an unravelling collection of leftover artifacts from previous episodes of Kapital.





The artist's investment venture is beginning at last to capture attention [see 'going public' above]. The gallery has agreed to market the shares, and interest is growing.


Uncharacteristically, Suzette's client  is pushing hard and acquisitively. He seems to have abandoned his curious, critical motivation. Her support for his concept of 'divestment' from the art object has led to an ominous turn. And some of the attention begins to feel, to her, like an unnerving scrutiny.


The telephone rings repeatedly, and Suzette’s cheerful voice is followed by a succession of increasingly problematic messages. It is no wonder that she is avoiding the office.


Nor is it surprising that she’s making tentative enquiries aimed at replacing her client.



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