Fugitive is a project in which Smith and Mamathuba created digital facial reconstructions of enslaved individuals. Alongside text panels, the portraits depict escaped enslaved persons in what is now South Africa in the period before and around emancipation on 1 December 1838. When enslaved individuals escaped, owners often placed a notice in the newspaper describing the runaway individuals' physical features. These factual characteristics were used in the project to create reconstructions of the escaped enslaved individuals.
Eight portraits from this project are on display in the Erasmus Building. In the video below, you can learn more about the portraits and the reconstruction process within Fugitive.