Archive: Issue No. 59, July 2002

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01.07.02 Terry Kurgan at 'AIDS 2002 Barcelona'
01.07.02 'Break the Silence' HIV/AIDS Portfolio in Barcelona and Geneva
01.07.02 Minnette Vári in Zurich
01.06.02 South African artists at Documenta11 in Kassel, Germany
01.06.02 Kendell Geers at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
01.06.02 'Tracing the Rainbow' at the Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Germany
01.06.02 Jane Alexander at DaimlerChrysler, Berlin
01.06.02 Frances Goodman at De Appel, Amsterdam
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Terry Kurgan

Terry Kurgan
Installation for 'AIDS 2002 Barcelona'


Terry Kurgan at 'AIDS 2002 Barcelona'

Artist Terry Kurgan was commissioned by Effect Media in Johannesburg to design and produce an installation for the exhibition component of 'AIDS 2002 Barcelona', the international AIDS conference. Working in collaboration with Cohen&Judin Architects and filmmaker Sam Smirin, Kurgan designed a multimedia integration of three film projections, photographs, text and sound. According to the artist, the creative approach was grounded in developing an installation that communicated a sense of the many layers to the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic, locating it in a broader social, historical, economic and political context. The work communicates through the personal register - people and their stories, up close and personal - in response to the discrimination, taboo, stigma and shame that surround HIV and AIDS in this country.

Opening: July 6
Closing: July 12

Barcelona AIDS 2002 Conference



'Break the Silence' HIV/AIDS Portfolio in Barcelona and Geneva

Durban-based organisation Artists for Human Rights (AHR) has scored two more hot exhibition sites for its HIV/AIDS portfolio 'Break the Silence' - one at the Barcelona AIDS 2002 conference and the other at the Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva.

Based on its HIV/AIDS awareness campaign utilising billboards of artists' images placed in cities and townships across South Africa, the portfolio exhibits the original artists' prints from which the billboards are derived. The portfolio engages with HIV/AIDS in a variety of ways to convey its message at times utilising a didactic stance at others a more openly read symbolic one. Each original artwork is determined more by the individual artist than by a prescriptive formula and it is this diversity of approach that gives the portfolio its interest.

The Geneva exhibition is a joint venture between AHR, the SA embassy in Bern and the UN Geneva. The exhibition will be opened by Ambassador January-Bardill and the Director-General Mr. Ordzhonikidze, UN. Jan Jordaan, project leader for AHR, will also contribute an address. The opening will conclude with the handing over of the portfolio to the UN by the South African Ambassador on behalf of AHR.

Barcelona AIDS 2002 Conference
Opening: July 6
Closing: July 12

Palais des Nation, UN, Geneva
Opening: July 9
Closing: August 2


Minnette Vari

Minnette Vári
Sentinel 1
From the series Sentinel
Videograph


Minnette Vári in Zurich

Minnette Vári currently has a solo show running at the Serge Ziegler Gallery in Zürich. In it she presents a new series of videographs entitled 'Sentinel'. The artist writes: "These are panoramic images compiled from video stills of Johannesburg and of my own performance confronting the condition and self-awareness of being a white South African. I regard this series as a starting point for my new video project due for release in August."

Text excerpted from the exhibition invitation reads: "On the rooftops and high places of urban Johannesburg, imagine the appearance at dusk of creatures so strange that their role could be that of sentinel, or fugitive, or witness, interloper, heir, envoy, clairvoyant, even impostor. Not entirely of this world, but still with a very real and disfiguring multiplicity that speaks of a bitter and exotic inheritance - their bodies heavy with the relics and anxieties, gifts and weaponry of many generations. And at this moment, the very newest in history, all has been gathered into a tight, tense entirety, and everything is at risk."

Vári is also participating in two group shows in Europe. 'From the Venice Biennale 2001' is at the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, until September (see www.charlottenborg-art.dk, and 'Slow Motion', curated by Alexandra Kolossa, is at the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany. Featured artists in the latter show include Yael Davids, Gunilla Klingberg, Tony Oursler and Anri Sala. Website: http://heimat.de/slow-motion.

Until July 6

Serge Ziegler Gallery, Limmatstrasse 275, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 1 440 4295
Fax: +41 1 251 2546
Email: info@zieglergalerie.com
Website: www.zieglergalerie.ch/
Hours: Tues - Fri 2pm - 6pm, Sat 11am - 4pm


Confessions of Zeno

William Kentridge
Confessions of Zeno
with actor Dawid Minnaar

Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Shooting Gallery
Slide installation


South African artists at Documenta11 in Kassel

Under the directorship of Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor, the Documenta11 exhibition has been long anticipated, with four preceding "platforms" of lectures and discussions taking place over the course of the past year. The list of 116 participating artists was announced at the beginning of May (see story). The broad theme or dominant issue of this edition is globalisation and the relationship between centre and periphery, so it is more than appropriate that a healthy number of Africans are included on the list. Among them are four South Africans: William Kentridge (who was also on Documenta X), Kendell Geers, and photographers David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng.

Kentridge's new multimedia production, Confessions of Zeno (which will have its South African premiere at the Grahamstown festival), was staged at the Staatstheater Kassel on June 8 and 9. Combining puppetry, song, theatrical acting, a string quartet and video, the production is a collaboration between Kentridge, the Handspring Puppet Company, composer Kevin Volans and writer Jane Taylor.

Geers (see also below) is showing existing works selected by Enwezor: Suburbia (1999), a series of 33 photographs showing South African properties adorned with security signs; and Shooting Gallery, a slide installation in which a shooting scene from The Godfather is projected to the repeated click of the slide carousel.

Opening: June 8
Closing: September 15

Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel, Germany
Tel: +49 561 70 72 70
Email: info@documenta.de
Website: www.documenta.de


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
The Terrorist's Apprentice
2002
Matchstick

Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Believe
Installation view, Villa Medici


Kendell Geers at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

South African-born Kendell Geers holds a major solo show at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris's new "site de création contemporaine", located in the building where Jean-Luc Godard used to have a studio. Geers' show, 'Sympathy for the Devil', plays off the title of the Rolling Stones album, in turn the subject of a Godard documentary made in 1968 - the year of the Paris uprising and, not coincidentally, the artist's birth. A single work is displayed in a room painted black, accessible only by pushing through layers of heavy black curtaining, and removing one's shoes to walk on a black carpet - a sensual experience that the artist describes as a new development in his work. The work, titled The Terrorist's Apprentice, comprises a single, unlit match.

Geers is also currently exhibiting at the Villa Medici in Rome, where he has installed a neon light reading "Believe", the "lie" at its centre flashing in the direction of the Vatican. See Artthrob's June Artbio for more on the artist.

Opening: June 1
Closing: July 28

Palais de Tokyo, 13, avenue de Président Wilson, F-75116 Paris
Website: www.palaisdetokyo.com


Andrew Tshabangu

Andrew Tshabangu
Joubert Park Food Sellers
Black and white photograph


'Tracing the Rainbow' at the Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Germany

Kay Hassan, David Koloane, Berni Searle, Sam Nhlengethwa, Jane Alexander, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Claudette Schreuders, Andrew Tshabangu, Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi and Pat Mautloa are included on the South African exhibition 'Tracing the Rainbow' at the Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle. The exhibition celebrates post-apartheid art and literature. Koloane and Tshabangu will conduct a gallery talk on July 26, and readings with two poets, Morakabe Seakgwa and Kgafela oa Magogodi, will take place on July 29 and 30. On July 28 all four guests will discuss the current state of South African culture.

Opening: June 7
Closing: August 26

Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Hafenstrasse 1, 25980 Rantum/Sylt, Germany
Email: info@kultur-quelle.de
Hours: Open daily 10am - 8pm


Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
African Adventure
1999-2002
Installation view, Cape Town Castle

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
African Adventure
Installation detail


Jane Alexander at DaimlerChrysler, Stuttgart/Berlin

Cape Town-based artist Jane Alexander won the DaimlerChrysler award for sculpture 2002, her work praised by a jury including Richard Flood of the Walker Art Centre and the Venice Biennale's Harald Szeemann for its successful expression of "the fragility of a multicultural society". As part of the substantial prize, her work has shown at DaimlerChrysler headquarters in Stuttgart and will travel this month to the home of the DaimlerChrysler collection in Berlin.

Alexander's exhibition effectively offers an overview of the artist's oeuvre and is her first solo show outside South Africa. The central work on display is African Adventure (1999-2002), an installation comprising 14 figurative sculptures made over the past three years. Placed in a sand-filled pit, Alaxander's characteristic animal-human hybrids are variously threatening, comic and imbued with pathos. In addition to the sculptural ensemble, the exhibition includes monitors showing video presentations, 10 large-format and 15 small-format photomontages, and four other installations dating from the early 1980s onwards.

A monograph on Alexander has been published by HatjeCantz Verlag, Ostfildern, as part of the award.

DaimlerChrysler Collection, Haus Huth, Berlin
Opening: July 26
Closing: September 15

The exhibition comes to South Africa later this year, opening at the Pretoria Art Museum on November 12, travelling to the Oliewenhuis in Bloemfontein in January 2003, and ending up at the National Gallery in Cape Town from April to July 2003.




Frances Goodman at De Appel, Amsterdam

De Appel regularly offers up a programme of 'Cinema. Sounds. Synergy'. It's the Sounds slot that South African artist Frances Goodman, in collaboration with Michael Sharon. Their work, titled 'Portrait', is described as "a study in self-portraiture somewhere on the crossways of fiction and reality. It uses as its medium the opinions and memories of a group of people to construct an ever-changing outline of an 'individual'. The answers to the ceaseless questions reveal as much about the people interviewed as the anonymous subject of the piece."

Opening: June 1
Closing: July 4

De Appel, Niewe Spiegelstraat 10, 1017 DE Amsterdam
Hours: Tues - Sun 11am - 6pm

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