Archive: Issue No. 62, October 2002

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15.10.02 'Surviving Apartheid: from Drum Magazine to Today' at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
15.10.02 Frances Goodman at VIPER Basel 2002
15.10.02 Simon Stone in London
15.10.02 'Break the Silence' - Artists For Human Rights-HIV/Aids Print Portfolio Exhibition in Scotland
01.10.02 South African Family Stories in Amsterdam
01.10.02 Berni Searle in Cologne
01.10.02 Tracey Rose in Paris
01.09.02 Upstream commemorates VOC in Holland

15.10.02 On The Field's Edge: Searle, Richards, Goniwe & Mahlatsi
01.10.02 I.D./OLOGY in New York
01.09.02 Siemon Allen: 'Newspapers' at Fusebox, Washington DC

01.10.02 Afrika Heritage 2002: 4th Biennale of the Pan-African Circle of Artists
01.09.02 Julia Tiffin : 'Body Art' at the Arthotheque, Reunion

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
African Adventure
Mountain View
Boy with hat and spectacles

'Surviving Apartheid: from Drum Magazine to Today' at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

This year's Mois de la Photo (Month of Photography) in Paris includes a show curated by Caroline Bourgeois entitled 'Surviving Apartheid: from Drum Magazine to Today'. Participants are Jane Alexander, Jodi Bieber, Ernest Cole, David Goldblatt, Kendell Geers, Santu Mofokeng, Billy Monk, Tracey Rose, Robin Rhode, Jürgen Schadeberg and Minnette Vari.

Other international photographers who will be showing at the same time in the venue are Yohji Yamamoto, Citizen K International, Martha Rosler, Carlos Garaicoa and Sada Tangara.

Opening on Tuesday, October 29 at 5 pm, the vernissage will include a performance by Robin Rhode at 7.30 p.m. More info:

Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4e
Phone: 01 44 78 75 00

Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman
'Portrait', 2002

Frances Goodman at VIPER Basel 2002

Fresh in the wake of Ars Electronica comes 'VIPER Basel 2002'. An International Film, Video and New Media Festival held in Basel, Switzerland, this year�s event will showcase a diverse range of analogue and digital video, film and computer animation, interactive projects and internet-based works. Emerging young artist Frances Goodman, currently doing a residency at Antwerp's Hisk (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), will contribute "Portrait", 2002. "A study in self-portraiture somewhere on the crossways of fiction and reality," her collaborative soundpiece uses a collage of opinions and memories collected from a large number of people to construct an ever-changing outline of the 'individual'. Made in conjunction with Michael Sharon, Goodman's contribution would appear to sit nicely with the 22nd edition of VIPER, an event that will focus awareness on the tension between individual and collective integration into the computer-supported structures of contemporary societies.

Opening: Wednesday, October 23
Closing: Sunday, October 27

Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Simon Stone

Simon Stone
Photo Dress, 2000
Medium Oil on Canvas
152cm x 100cm

Simon Stone in London

The painter Simon Stone will have his first international outing this month when he showcases a selection of recent oil paintings in London. Sponsored by Old Mutual Financial Services, and organised by London-based Simon Mee Fine Art and Trent Read of Knysna Fine Art, the canvases include snapshots of Karoo landscapes and painted photographs from the artist's travels around the world.

Opens: October 14
Closes: November 1, 2002

Old Mutual Place, London
Simon Mee on 0207 584 2674

Giselle Baille

Giselle Baille
Tata Ma Chance

'Break the Silence' - Artists For Human Rights-HIV/Aids Print Portfolio Exhibition at Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee, Scotland

The 'Break the Silence' Artists For Human Rights-HIV/Aids Print Portfolio Exhibition is notching up a number of international venues for itself. Having recently been seen in Barcelona it is now heading off to Scotland. The exhibition comprises of limited edition prints based on the theme HIV/AIDS produced by 31 artists from South Africa, India, Uganda, Scotland, England, Namibia, Peru, Ghana, Bolivia, and Egypt, brought together by the Artists for Human Rights organisation in the Durban Institute of Technology.

The title of the show 'Break the Silence' has been taken from the catch phrase of the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000. "Art has a role as human rights advocacy, and in the case of this exhibition, the focus is on HIV/AIDS as a human rights issue, particularly in the developing world, but not exclusively so" says Jan Jordaan, Director, Artists for Human Rights.

Each of the 31 images has been transposed onto large billboards to be erected in communities throughout South Africa with the aim of promoting AIDS awareness and encouraging discussion on the theme 'Break the Silence'. Alex Flett one of the Scottish co-ordinators of the project says that "what the images do in billboard form, is use the psychology of the art gallery, where the viewer says -what's that about? - but in the space normally reserved for advertising".

The exhibition, since its launch at the City of Durban Art Gallery in December 2001, has been seen in The South African Museum in Cape Town, The National Gallery of Namibia, The National Gallery of Botswana, The Fowler Museum Los Angeles (UCLA), the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, and at the Palais Des Nations in Geneva.

Artists for Human Rights were recently awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence by the United Nations, and the 'Break the Silence' exhibition has been endorsed by scientists, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders, and human rights organisations, including Dr Ben Ngubane South African Minister for Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery.

At the opening in Dundee, Professor Emeritus Richard Demarco OBE will give a talk on "The Importance of Collaboration Between the Arts and the Sciences".

The exhibition will tour to Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries, moving on to South Africa House in London.

Opening: 18 October at 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Closing: 16 November 2002

Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee, Tower Building, Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland
Exhibitions Department, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, 13 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4HT
Phone: 01382 345330
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 pm - 4:30 pm

David Goldblatt

Popo Molefe, Tsholo Molefe, Boîtumelo 'Tumi' Plaatje

Foto: David Goldblatt, 2001

South African Family Stories in Amsterdam

The rich narrative history of nine South African families is revealed in a significant exhibition opening at the KIT Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

'South African Family Stories: A Group Portrait' describes the origins of South Africa through the experiences of nine individual families. Each family story unfolds across four or five generations, with one or two persons representing each generation. Some of the families selected for the exhibition include well known public figures, such as Sol Plaatje, Marthinus Steyn and Dolly Rathebe, but in general most of the families claim no special public significance. The exhibition is presented as a multimedia presentation, using artwork, photography, film, sound, original documents and objects. A different team of South African artists, photographers, writers and designers was employed to produce each of the nine family stories.

Penny Siopis and photographer Ruth Motau worked on the Plaatje family, while Sam Nhlengethwa and photographer Mothlalefi Mahlabe present the family story of the singer Dolly Rathebe. David Goldblatt paired-up with Claudette Schreuder to profile the Steyn family, Berni Searle interpreting the experiences of the Manuel family from Simonstown. Andrew Verster worked on the Juggernath family from India, while photographer Paul Weinberg and artist Langa Magwa focussed on the family of Zonkezizwe Mthethwa, a respected sangoma living near Ngudwini. The overall composition of the families selected aims to be representative of the social, cultural and geographical variety of people in South Africa.

The exhibition is complemented by a 240-page publication featuring the output of nine writers-researchers interpreting the major moments in the respective families' lives. Each contribution is illustrated with the individual artworks and photographs commissioned for the project. The book also features an introductory essay by Cape Town University's Njabulo Ndebele.

In an effort to offer audiences as comprehensive a portrait as possible of South Africa, the exhibition includes an independent exhibit known as 'the archive'. The installation, supervised by Penny Siopis, offers visitors a chance to browse through a variety of books, magazines and audio-visual material, the hope being that the archive will offer a contemplative space for visitors wishing to answer questions raised during the exhibition.

South African Family Stories: A Group Portrait appears at KIT Tropenmuseum from 4 October 2002. After is closure on 21 September 2003, the show will travel to South Africa where it will run at Johannesburg's Museum Africa from January 2004. For more information about the exhibition, visit

The KIT Tropenmuseum is open daily from 10.00 -17.00, Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
Bunnie, 2002
Lambda photograph
118,5 x 119 cm

Tracey Rose in Paris

Tracey Rose was a finalist in this year's Gilles Dusein Prize, an award created in 1998 by the Foundation NSM Vie and the European House of Photography. The prize is dedicated to the memory of the gallerist Gilles Dusein and invites artists of any age or nationality to submit work. Rose was one of nine artists shortlisted for the prize, with the artist �ric Baudart taking top honours for his photographic sculpture.

For further details contact Anne Samson Such on tel: 01 56 21 63 45 or fax: 01 26 51 77 00, or Catherine Dufayet on tel: 01 43 59 05 05 or fax: 01 43 59 05 02

Berni Searle

Bernie Searle
'Profile' series, 2001-2
Digital print
120 x 100 cm

Berni Searle

Bernie Searle
'Profile' series, 2001-2
Installation view

Berni Searle in Cologne

Cape Town artist Berni Searle continues to chalk up an impressive number of international appearances with the opening of a solo exhibition at Gallery Seippel in Cologne, Germany. Searle will show her recent work like the 1999 piece Traces, as well as the works Profile and Conversing with Pane. The exhibition coincides with an important fair, Photokina.

Opening: 27 September
Closing: 19 October

Galerie Seippel, Zeughausstr. 26, 50667 Cologne
Tel: 0221-25 58 34

Rob Moonen

Rob Moonen
Goede Hoop 2002
Installation view at Amsterdam Historisch Museum
Rusted steel

Rob Moonen

Rob Moonen
Goede Hoop (detail)

Senzeni Marasela

Senzeni Marasela
Good Hope
Proposal drawing

Upstream commemorates VOC in Holland

Upstream is an international art event which commemorates the founding of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) 400 hundred years ago. On an art route taking in 11 locations in Amsterdam and 14 in Hoorn, the small town from which the sailing ships of what many regard as the first multinational company in the world set forth on their trading voyages.

All the work has been made especially for this occasion by artists and composers from the Netherlands and countries along the former VOC trade route. South Africa is represented by Senzeni Marasela of Johannesburg. For Upstream, Marasela has created two works. Rainbow stories, at the Hortus in Amsterdam, deals with the legacy of spoiled identities in South Africa. Marasela tells stories of her own growing up in one of the extreme right-wing areas of the country. Rainbow stories responds and makes reference to the way in which history has been documented, particularly that of the Afrikaners. This work also attempts to fill in the gaps and tell �rainbow stories� that otherwise would not have had the chance to be heard.

Castle of Good Hope, an installation with light, metal lanterns, pepper and music, can be seen in Hoorn. The Castle of Good Hope was constructed by the VOC in Cape Town. It belongs to South Africa�s cultural heritage, but its meaning is not the same for all South Africans. This work investigates the gaps in the history of the VOC, focusing on the perspective of the original inhabitants of the Cape, the San and the Khoi.

Dutch artist Rob Moonen who has made a number of visits to Cape Town also makes reference to the Castle in his piece, Goie Hoop, which records all the names of the VOC ships which visited the Cape, emblazoning them on rusted steel posts.

The installations can be seen from September 7 until October 20. For more information, check the website


Berni Searle

Berni Searle
'Cap-ture', 1998 from the Colour Me Series

On The Field's Edge: Searle, Richards, Goniwe & Mahlatsi

Further entrenching its position as a critical voice in the field of Pan-African studies, the University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) presents 'The Field's Edge'. Guest curated for CAM by Johannesburg-based Rory Bester (co-curator on Okwui Enwezor's The Short Century) and Amanda Carlson, this multimedia exhibition explores the relationship between contemporary art and colonial ethnography, most notably the legacy of colonial ethnography on readings of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. The exhibition includes contributions by Berni Searle, Colin Richards, Thembinkosi Goniwe and Teboho Mahlatsi, as well as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Ofili Donald Odita, Lorna Simpson, Fatimah Tuggar and Carrie Mae Weems. The politics of narrative and domestic life form the major focus of this exhibition, which is quite apt considering Teboho Mahlatsi's participation. Mahlatsi is the critically acclaimed director of the controversial Yizo Yizo television series. Goniwe is the subject of this month's art bio. Searle and Bester will also participate in a special symposium addressing the complexities of Diaspora identities and how the contemporary art world has come to understand, define and represent the Diaspora. Entitled Discerning the Diaspora, the symposium will commence 10 am on 18 October at the Phyllis Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.

Opening: October 19
Closing: December 21

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum
4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM 101, Tampa, FL USA 33620
Tel 813.974.4133
Fax 813.974.5130
Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 1 - 4pm

Rudzani Nemasetoni

Rudzani Nemasetoni
Dompas or Litany #3 The Artist's Uncle, 1999
Monoprint on German etching paper

I.D./OLOGY in New York

The New York based Axis Gallery heralds the arrival of autumn with a group exhibition titled I.D./OLOGY. Focused on identity and ideology, the exhibition showcases work by Fritha Langerman, Brett Murray, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Berni Searle, Ian Van Coller, and Sue Williamson. The event complements the gallery's earlier spring exhibition of South African art, titled CON/TEXT.

Opening: 10 September
Closing: 12 October

Axis Gallery, 453 West 17th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-741-2582
Fax: 212-924-2522

Siemon Allen

Siemon Allen invitation

Siemon Allen: 'Newspapers' at Fusebox, Washington DC

Opened this weekend in Washington DC was Durban artist Siemon Allen's 'Newspapers'. 'Newspapers' continues Allen's investigation into the idea of "imaging" South Africa - in this instance through the lens of the news media - as well as his ongoing interest in collections. Whereas 'Stamp Collection' (2001) exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Artists Space in New York and the Renaissance Society in Chicago, explored how a nation images itself through the official channel of government issued stamps, 'Newspapers' examines how a country is imaged externally through coverage in the foreign press.

Allen's research brought to light questions and concerns regarding the news media, including how coverage defines the importance given to a place and how the nature of that coverage perpetuates or dispels limited or stereotypical notions of that place.

Begun a year ago as a research project documenting US coverage of the 2001 United Nations Racism Conference in Durban, 'Newspapers' has since evolved as a part of the most comprehensive and methodical of the artist's collection projects. In the past year Allen collected newspapers from a number of US cities as a record of how each constructs an image of another place. For his exhibition at Fusebox, Allen collected both the 'Washington Post' and the 'Washington Times'. Subsequent versions of 'Newspapers' will be exhibited in St Louis, Boston and New York.

Fusebox, 1412 Fourteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20005
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 8pm, Sunday 12 - 6.00 pm
For further information contact Sarah Finlay (202) 299-9220


Afrika Heritage 2002: 4th Biennale of the Pan-African Circle of Artists

Over 60 artists from various parts of the African continent, including South Africa, will participate in this year's Afrika Heritage exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria. This will be the fourth Biennale of The Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA). Jaco Sieberhagen, Mustafa Maluka, Sapeta Mxolisi "Dolla", Gary Frier and Jennifer Ord will represent South Africa. The exhibition aims to take a critical look at "renascent Africa", while continuing and extending upon the discourse on African art and the African situation initiated by Crossroads Africa in the Twilight, the theme of PACA_s third Biennale. Organised around the theme Changing Attitudes, Jennifer Ord jointly curates an exhibition segment titled 'Petals of Blood and Theatres of Disaster'. Ord's segment is complemented by two further presentations, "Transitions and Continuities" and 'Between Hope and Impediment'. This year's Afrika Heritage event will take place at four centres in Lagos, namely Nimbus Art Centre, Pendulum Art Gallery, Viv_s Gallery and the National Museum. A related Commemorative (Cyber) Conference is also planned as a means of further highlighting this year's event. The on-line conference will take place across the full month of October on the PACA website The conference will address such issues as: Transitions and Continuities: African Art, Culture and New Attitudes; Between Globalisation and National Identity: Localising Canons and Paradigms; and Forward to the Past: From Stilettos and Skirt Suits to "Akpola" and Bare Bodies. For further information on the conference, as well as the exhibition, contact the Afrika Heritage 2002 Committee at or call (234)-42- 259205

Julia Tiffin

Julia Tiffin
'Buried Alive'

Julia Tiffin : 'Body Art' at the Arthotheque, Reunion

South African Julia Tiffin, last seen on a well received solo show at João Ferreira in Cape Town, is showing together with the Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie and Thierry Fontaine of France on an exhibition entitled 'Body Art' at Artothèque of La Reunion Department of France which opened at the end of August and continues till December.

Curated by Caroline de Fondaumière, 'Body Art' seeks to investigate the complicity between the photographic medium and the body of the artist as revealed by the experiences of three plastic designers of different origin and culture.

What is a body, what is matter? Modern science is still wondering about it. The artist can also perceive this indecisive, fragile notion. By choosing to use a two-dimensional surface as a means of expression, the artist invents a new reality.

Opening: August 30
Closing: December 20

Artotheque du Departement de la Reunion
34, Rue Roland Garros, 97400 Saint-Denis, Reunion
Tel: ++ 262 41 7550
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 9am to 5pm