'Pulse' brings fresh blood to '!Xoe'
'!Xoe', the biennial exhibition held in and around Nieu-Bethesda in the Great Karoo, is putting on a different face this year. In an effort to continually upgrade the project's profile, founder and co-ordinator Mark Wilby has taken a different approach and asked Durban-based artist Greg Streak to guest curate the !Xoe Biennale for 2002.
Streak is responsible for the artist-run initiative 'Pulse', which brought the highly successful 'open-circuit' project to Durban in 2000/2001. Streak has decided to take '!Xoe' under the 'Pulse' umbrella, with a collaboration that involves international and local artists working in Durban and Nieu-Bethesda. The project theme is 'Violence/Silence'.
The aim of the exhibition is to explore the diversity of associations evoked by the two concepts. While the terms might produce some knee-jerk responses in the context of South Africa, they are layered with many other possibilities. The exhibition is not intended to prescribe meaning in relation to political circumstance, but is seen as an arena where such terms might have a private and intimate meaning, or mask and engage with one another in unexpected ways.
The project will be divided into two exhibitions. 'Violence' will occupy the NSA Gallery in Durban while 'Silence' will take place in and around Nieu-Bethesda. Both shows will involve the same group of artists and will open simultaneously, albeit 1 200km apart. Four foreign artists - Marco Pollo Rolla (Brazil), Bharti Kerr (India), Adriana Lestido (Argentina) and Ivan Grubanov - along with South African artists Paul Edmunds, Carol-anne Gainer, Luan Nel and Streak himself, will start work in Durban on June 14, with the shows opening on July 5.
'Violence' and 'Silence' will finally come together as one exhibition in a space still being decided on in Cape Town later this year. A mini conference will be held in Durban on July 19, and a publication/video documentary will be
launched at the opening of the culmination show in Cape Town.
'Pulse' is currently upgrading its website at www.pulseprojects.com where more in-depth information regarding the project can be found shortly. For immediate information contact Greg Streak on firstname.lastname@example.org.