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16.07.03 Red Sniper on Tour
16.07.03 Amendment: Chinzima and Gwintsa not at Venice Biennale
16.07.03 Connor Cullinan at London's Gallery 125 Cancelled
01.07.03 Hodgins, Kentridge, Mthethwa, Phokela and Stone in London
01.07.03 Searle, Kentridge, Geers and Goodman in Belgium
01.07.03 Frances Goodman in Switzerland
01.07.03 Connor Cullinan at London's Gallery 125
01.07.03 Lisa Brice solos at Camouflage in Brussels
18.06.03 Kendell Geers' 'Terrorealism' in Zurich
18.06.03 The African Exile Museum in Zurich
18.06.03 Sue Williamson, Minnette Vari and Tracey Rose, in Brussels
18.06.03 Philipp Krebs in Amsterdam
01.06.03 Langa, Charles, Chinzima, Gwintsa and Ledochowski at Venice Biennale 2003
01.06.03 Candice Breitz and Kendell Geers in Göteborg
01.06.03 Frances Goodman on group show in Luxembourg
01.06.03 Kentridge and Oguibe at Casino Luxembourg
01.05.03 Marlene Dumas in Venice
01.10.02 South African Family Stories in Amsterdam
EUROPE

Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Red Sniper on Tour


Red Sniper on Tour

Red Sniper is the Belgian collaborative alias of Kendell Geers & Co. If you missed his/their 'Proto-type' performance at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, you can still see Red Sniper playing live at the following venues:

July 10 on a show called 'Guided by Heroes', which is curated by pop-punk fashion designer Raf Simons. For details visit www.limburg.be/begijnhof/index.html

July 25/26 on a show called 'Gentse Feesten', curated by Front 242's Luc van Acker. For details visit www.handelsbeurs.be

August 30 at the opening of BEAULIEU Art Gallery, curated by Jan Hoet Jr.

For further information and bookings: redsniper@tiscali.be


Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Invitation image to 'Absolutely/ Perhaps'


Hodgins, Kentridge, Mthethwa, Phokela and Stone in London

Simon Mee is a London-based art dealer who represents the South African artists Johannes Phokela and Simon Stone. Alongside these two artists, Mee has gathered works by Robert Hodgins, Zwelethu Mthethwa and William Kentridge. The ambiguous title for the show, 'Absolutely/ Perhaps' is a homage to the Italian playwright Pirandello.

The show presents recent paintings and photographs produced by this A-list group of South African artists, and offers Londoners a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with artists such as Hodgins.
Hodgins is still somewhat unknown in Europe - relative to Geers and Kentridge - and this showing ought to position Hodgins up where he belongs, alongside the best.

'Absolutely/ Perhaps' is a joint initiative between Simon Mee Fine Art and east London's JAK Gallery. Viewings are by appointment only and interested individuals are asked to contact Simon Mee at simon@simonmeefineart.com or 077 6855 3660.

Opens: July 10
Closes: July 27

JAK Gallery
The Workhouse, 31 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2 A 3PB, London
Tel: 077 7909 4264
Email: jakgallery@btinternet.com
By Appointment Only



Searle, Kentridge, Geers and Goodman in Belgium

'Opzij van het Kijken', the Watou Art and Literature Festival is held annually in the town of Watou, Belgium. Berni Searle, Kendell Geers, William Kentridge and Frances Goodman are the South African artists participating in this, the 23rd instalment.

The exhibition is curated by Jan Hoet.

Opens: July 6
Closes: September 7

Poëziezomers Watou
Gwij Mandelinck, Kapelaanstraat 2, 8978 Watou, Belgium
Tel/Fax: 057 38 80 93
Email: poeziezomers.watou@pandora.be
Website: www.poeziezomerswatou.be (Dutch only!)



Frances Goodman in Switzerland

Frances Goodman has established a reputation in Europe as an installation artist who works with texts that she writes herself, or which she wrests from others in her surroundings through asking and insisting. To these she adds sound, integrating her voice into art installations or editing them in the form of books.

Christoph Rösch, a Swiss artist, architect and curator based in Nairs, met Goodman at her studio in Antwerp, while on a guest professorship at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts. Fascinated by her work, he asked her to take part in his long-term project titled 'Carte blanche', inviting the artist to realise an exhibition at the Nairs House of Culture in Vulpera Tarasp, in Unterengadin.

Goodman will present her work I Keep Trying, which was self-published in 2002 in a rich and elaborate book form. An extract from the text reads as follows: "Once I tried to get the attention of someone who refused to notice me. I observed his behaviour and discerned his taste and attempted to mirror his choices. In skilfully acting the part I won his interest but lost myself." The exhibition is titled 'Distance of Memory.

Opens: July 26
Closes: August 23

Nairs House of Culture in Vulpera Tarasp
c.p. 71, 7550 Scuol-Nairs, Switzerland
Tel/Fax: (41) 88849802


Connor Cullinan

Connor Cullinan
Invitation image to 'Brazilian'


Connor Cullinan at London's Gallery 125

AMMENDMENT: We recently advertised that artist Connor Cullinan would be exhibiting in London. He sent us the following note:

"All my paintings were stolen last week from the depot to which they were delivered, outside London. The police have no leads and closed the case after a week� We put together a press release - with images of the paintings - and have mailed it to a lot of newspapers and the BBC, hoping that someone will do a story and maybe our stuff will be recovered. However, things aren't looking hopeful and this is to let you know that the exhibition planned for Monday July 14 isn't going to happen. Unless a miracle occurs this weekend."

If you know any details that may be of assistance to the artist, please send your email to: connorcullinan@yahoo.ie

Growing up in 1980s South Africa, behind the apartheid curtain, artist Connor Cullinan became fascinated by foreign countries, Brazil in particular. A conceptual Brazil took shape in his mind, the epitome of the Exotic. Determined to satisfy his curiosity, the artist eventually took a six-month trip to Brazil, exchanging fantasy for the immediacy of Brazil's contemporary reality.

Upon his return to South Africa, Cullinan began to paint the current series. 'Brazilian', is an attempt to fuse the fantasy with the actual, filtered through memory. In the process fantasy and memory became virtually synonymous: the future imagined is not dissimilar to the past remembered. "The Brazil of my future became the Brazil of my past," states the artist as he collapses the temporal gap that usually separates the areas on either side of the present. Exploring dualities, looking at their overlaps, the artist's output is essentially a celebration of sight.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, in 1968, Cullinan studied painting and art history at the University of Natal and at Technikon Natal. An illustrator, design teacher and sometime English teacher, he has previously exhibited on a two-person show at Durban's Grassroots Gallery, participated on a Whitechapel Open Studio programme and presented a solo show at Mau Mau, in Cape Town.

Opens: July 14
Closes: July 20

Gallery 125
125 Aldersgate, London EC1A
Email: onnorcullinan@yahoo.ie
Website: www.connorcullinan.com
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun by app.


Lisa Brice

Lisa Brice's opening night at Camouflage


Lisa Brice at Camouflage in Brussels

Now based in London, Cape Town artist Lisa Brice is soloing at the Camouflage art space in Brussels. The main piece on the exhibition is Brice's installation Staying Alive, a series of connected folding panels upholstered in white vinyl which fill the rear half of the gallery. The images, in nails driven into the panels, are of figures in balaclavas in threatening or attacking attitudes. Suspended just in front of these figures are wire drawings of people going about their ordinary lives - braai-ing, exercising etc. First made in 1997, Staying Alive was intended at the time as a comment on the resilience of ordinary South Africans going about their lives in the face of rising crime statistics. Seen in Brussels in a post September 11 world, the piece takes on a more international reading.

Opening:June 19
Closing: July 13

Camouflage, 45 Rue du Prince Royale, Brussels


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
from 'Terrorealismus', 2003
Invite Image

Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
from 'Terrorealismus', 2003
Installation view


Kendell Geers' 'Terrorealism' in Zürich

Throughout his career Kendell Geers has constructed simple, poetic situations in which a destabilising and often violent moment is inherent, and which in their direct confrontation challenge observers to position themselves, to 'relate themselves' to them. The room-filling installations are characterised equally by antagonism and the attempt to acquire the conceptual tradition of the modern.

Since the end of the 1980s, Kendell Geers has been working on a linking of conceptual and political approaches, but without the self-conception of a political artist. Politics here must be seen as everyday politics, denoting those decisions that are made day by day in order to live and survive. Politics is both an element of his art and of his life, and it is his answer to the cold conceptualism of the 1970s.

The Migros Museum for Contemporary Art in Zurich is showing the work 'Terrorealism', which has been specially designed for the museum. 'Terrorealism' is cell, prison and temple, all at the same time. The outer fa�ade, pierced by pieces of broken glass, blocks any view of the interior - it is impossible to fathom whether knowledge of this interior signifies a threat or protection.

Only upon entering the room do three neon tubes become visible, forming the words BORDER, DANGER and TERROR. A physical error causes a semantic short-circuit which allows new levels of meaning to arise, which designates and simultaneously negates cause and effect. The same subtle sense of humour which transforms the fragments-concrete combination into a room-filling sculpture, also characterises the new word constellation ORDER, ANGER and ERROR. That too is a possible answer to systems and their attributions.

This exhibition is part of the project 'NEXT FLAG - an African sniper project for European spaces'. It has been made possible through the cooperation of: Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich; B.P.S.22 Espace de Cr�ation Contemporaine, Charleroi; Casino Luxembourg Forum d'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg; Palais de Tokyo Site de creation contemporaine, Paris; Espacio C Arte Contempor�neo, Camargo Cantabria; W�rttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and Kunstverein f�r die Rheinlande und Westfalen, D�sseldorf.

Opens: June 7
Closes: August 10

Migros Museum for Contemporary Art
Limmatstrasse 270, CH-8005 Zürich, Germany
Email: info@migrosmuseum.ch
Website: www.migrosmuseum.ch
Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri 12 - 6pm, Thurs 12 - 8pm, Sat/Sun 11am - 5pm



The African Exile Museum in in Zürich

To coincide with his show 'TERROREALISM', at the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art in Zürich, Kendell Geers presents 'The African Exile Museum'.

This group show is a mobile exhibition platform for contemporary African art. Eighteen artistic positions tell a story about the social changes that are currently taking place on the African continent. It concerns questions of multiple identities, of the close interweaving of urbanity and the collapse of social systems as well as the personal stories about them.

The invited artists are: Willem Boshoff, Lisa Brice, Loulou Cherinet, Soly Cisse, Kay Hassan, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa, Toma Luntumbue, Zwelethu Mthethwa, N�Dilo Mutima, Aim� Ntakiyica, Olu Oguibe, Tracey Rose, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare and Minette Vári, with Geers also contributing a work.

At the beginning of the 20th century, aesthetic revolutions occurred with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. For their strategic actions the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor coined the term "franc-tireurs entrenched behind the enemy" - those who as vanguard start a new world order on unsecured ground. The initiators of 'NEXT FLAG - an African sniper project for European spaces' use this image of Senghor's franc-tireurs in order to express their desire for a new artistic and social space.

That the initiators are Africans is due to the Marxist concept of historical materialism. This states that no changes of circumstances can be derived from those who have profited from the contrasts of this world. In an act of post-postcolonial occupation, NEXT FLAG has made it its aim to represent contemporary African art in European exhibition rooms. The project thus makes the attempt to bring together existing contradictions under a new - the next - flag, not in the sense of unity but as the establishment of a new, emotional geography, detached from physical actuality.

The 'The African Exile Museum' is the result of collaboration between the initiators of NEXT FLAG - Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami - and Heike Munder. The following collections are participating in the exhibition in the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art: Hans Bogatzke's collection of African contemporary art, Germany; Costa Reis compilação de arte africana actual, Angola; and Espacio C Collection, Camargo, Cantabria, Spain.

Opens: June 7
Closes: August 10

Migros Museum for Contemporary Art
Limmatstrasse 270, CH-8005 Zürich, Germany
Email: info@migrosmuseum.ch
Website: www.migrosmuseum.ch
Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri 12 - 6pm, Thurs 12 - 8pm, Sat/Sun 11am - 5pm



Sue Williamson, Minnette Vari and Tracey Rose, in Brussels

"Is contemporary art the domain which best reflects the complex relations between Africa and the rest of the world?" In a bid to answer this question, curator Toma Muteba Luntumbue brings together several recognised and emerging visual artists using different medias (installations, sculpture, video, painting and photography) in 'TRANSFER(T)S', Africalia '03.

'TRANSFER(T)S' depicts the permanent flows of people, capital, goods and ideas which characterise our world. Two sub-themes underlie the exhibition, without systematically determining the layout. The first one, "the death of otherness ", is a deliberately provocative thesis, which refers to the discourse on the homogenisation of the world. The second theme tackles the "acceleration of history": disasters, terrorism and wars are given ample media coverage, creating feelings of permanent anxiety and urgency. But do they also influence the course of history?

A number of items were especially designed for this large exhibition, which will cover some 1600 square meters in a dynamic layout that induces visitors to engage in a process of questioning and experimentation. The artists invited to take part include: Brahim Bachiri, Hicham Benohoud, Bili Bidjocka, Sue Williamson, Minnette Vari, Keith Piper, Tracey Rose, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Fatimah Tuggar.

The exhibition, to be accompanied by a catalogue, will also comprise a remarkable video section, shown at the Nova Cinema, focusing on home videos produced in Ghana and Nigeria.

Opens: June 21
Closes: September 14

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (The Centre for Fine Arts)
23 rue Ravenstein, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: 0032 2/ 507 84 45
Fax: 0032 2/ 507 85 15
Email: sophie.lauwers@bozar.be
Website: www.bozar.be


Philipp Krebs

Amsterdam Artwork III.jpg Philipp Krebs
'Flying Tunnel Amsterdam', 2003
Mixed media


Philipp Krebs in Amsterdam

Cape Town-based Swiss artist Philipp Krebs is due to launch his third balloon project, this time in Amsterdam. The installation is large, and comprises 120 balloons, each with a diameter of 3 metres. The project was initiated by the General Consul of Amsterdam, Bruno Widrig, who asked Krebs to design a suitable concept. Krebs has responded to the brief with his 'Flying Tunnel Amsterdam'.

The project was installed on June 17 in a mere 15 hours. The 'Flying Tunnel Amsterdam' is on display from June 17 to 22. www.flyingwalls.com and www.surprisingswitzerland.com have updates of the project as it progresses.

Running concurrently with this outdoor installation is an exhibition of Krebs' projects, at a well-known gallery in Amsterdam - Galerie Parade, Prinsengracht 799.

For further information contact: Philipp Krebs on 083 686 12 70 or philipp@flyingwalls.com.



Langa, Charles, Chinzima, Gwintsa and Ledochowski at Venice Biennale 2003

UPDATE: Despite being promoted in all the press releases leading up to the opening of this year's 50th Venice Biennale, artists Pitso Chinzima and Veliswa Gwintsa are not participating on Gilane Tawadros's show 'Faultlines'. See NEWS for details.

Moshekwa Langa, Clifford Charles, Pitso Chinzima and Veliswa Gwintsa are the four South African artists participating on 'Fault Lines: Contemporary Art and Shifting Landscapes' at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Curated by Gilane Tawardos, in collaboration with the Forum Africa Contemporary Art, the show brings together contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora whose works trace the outlines of fault lines that are shaping contemporary experience locally and globally.

Says Tawardos: "These fault lines have been etched into the physical fabric of our world through the effects of colonialism and postcolonialism, of migration and globalisation. Their reverberations echo through contemporary lived experience and in the work of these 14 artists working across a range of media from painting and sculpture through to these 14 artists working across a range of media from painting and sculpture through to architecture, photography and installation. Their works span five decades, four continents and three generations, resisting any notion of an authentic or one-dimensional African experience."

"The nationalist struggles of the first decades of the twentieth century gave rise in the second half of the century to post-colonial independence and a new self-determination in Africa and beyond that articulated itself in a heightened political consciousness but also in new forms of visual and architectural practices. These new practices sought to negotiate the difficult and, as yet, unexplored terrain between tradition and modernity, between formal concerns and political contingencies.

"We have become accustomed to thinking about modernism and modernity in Western terms as a decisive break or rupture with the past and yet it is almost always experienced as an uneven negotiation between past and future that can remain unresolved. This exhibition explores the ambivalent space where tradition and modernity, past histories and future possibilities are mapped out in the work of contemporary artists.

"This exhibition proposes a space where we can engage with these complexities of lived experience through the work of artists who have embraced the ambiguities and inconsistencies of the contemporary world through art works that are by turns witty and serious, monumental and understated," concludes Tawadros.

Pitso Chinzima's installation, in collaboration with Veliswa Gwintsa, perfectly illustrates Tawadros' aims. Originally titled At The Same Time, the installation has been renamed At Least One Person Who Killed for its Venice outing. In a recent newspaper interview, Chinzima explained that the installation was about coming to terms with death. In 1998, he survived an attack at his home in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. He said a gun was pushed into his mouth while attackers ransacked his home. "You can't avoid death in art," he claimed. "The spiritual aim of the exhibition is to build a visual monument to communicate with dead people, like visiting a grave."

Clifford Charles, a member of the Magnet collective (that comprises artists drawn from South Africa, Brazil, China, France, Britain, India, Mexico, and Puerto Rico), was the first "non-White" student to attend the University of Witwatersrand School of Art in 1987. Charles has been involved in a number of local initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between community arts, practiced in the townships, and the work of professionals well established in existing gallery spaces.

Chris Ledochowski is the only other South African participating on this year's Venice Biennale. The photographer has been invited to exhibit on 'The Structure of Survival', a show focussed on favelas, and curated by Carlos Basualdo.

Opens: June 15
Closes: November 2

Venice Biennale 2003, 50th International Exhibition of Art
Giardini di Castello, Venice Arsenale, Venice
Tel: +39041 2714747
Website: www.labiennale.org
Hours: Daily 10am - 6pm



Candice Breitz and Kendell Geers in Göteborg

Candice Breitz and Kendell Geers are two of the 27 artists appearing on the second G�teborg International Art Biennial in Sweden. Curated by the Swedish artist and composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff, the G�teborg 2nd International Biennial for Contemporary Art reflects and comments on reality - "that preposterous, inexplicable and occasionally invisible reality we'd most of all like to escape."

According to organisers, the exhibition will achieve this with art that refuses to provide an alibi - "Art not for decorating, apologising or glossing over, but for never giving up hope and never giving in." The two South African artists will be inauspicious company, the Biennial hosting a range of well-known avant-garde musicians, including Kim Gordon (USA), Russell Haswell (United Kingdom), Phill Niblock (USA), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) and Pita (United Kingdom/Austria), as well as bad boy porn auteur Richard Kern (USA).

The exhibition comprises shows at G�teborg's Konsthall, Konstmuseet, the Hasselblad Center, and at Konsthallen, part of the Museum of Bohusl�n in Uddevalla. Additionally, there will be a number of outdoor works in central of Göteborg. The exhibition is entitled 'Against All Evens'.

Opens: May 24
Closes: August 24

Göteborg 2nd International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Norra Hamngatan 8, SE-411 14 Göteborg
Tel: +46 31 611039/615035
Email: asa.nohlstrom@kultur.goteborg.se
Website: www.biennal.goteborg.se


'Something About Love'
Invitation image


Frances Goodman on group show in Luxembourg

'Something About Love' is the title to a group show opening at the Casino Luxembourg. Quite literally themes around the subject of love, exhibitors Sue Webster and Tim Noble, as well as former Wits graduate Frances Goodman. Currently on a residency in Antwerp, her Luxembourg outing offers a good opportunity to become acquainted with the artist's emotionally vexed and highly personal work.

Its curator, Enrico Lunghi, capably describes the context of this show. All the participating artists talk about love. They may be the implementation of feelings and situations lived or imagined by the artist. There are also those that show, in a more indirect and abstract manner, the complexity of human relations, as soon as love, the desire to be loved and the quest for a life in which love would occupy a central place are involved. 'Something About Love' offers narrations, mises-en-sc�ne, allusions and metaphors, in the form of photographs, videos and installations, all variously serving to express and project sentiments of love.

Opens: July 4
Closes: September 21

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain
41, rue Notre-Dame - B.P. 345 - L-2013 Luxembourg
Tel: (+352) 22 50 45
Fax: (+352) 22 95 95
Email: casino-luxembourg@ci.culture.lu
Website: www.casino-luxembourg.lu
Hours: Wed - Mon 11am - 6pm, Thursday 11am - 8pm



Kentridge and Oguibe at Casino Luxembourg

Advance Notice: William Kentridge, the stellar South African artist who shot to international prominence following 'Documenta X', will be participating in a two-person show with Nigerian artist Olu Oguibe.

Oguibe is a prolific talent. Aside from his artistic practice he ranks alongside Okwui Enwezor as one of Africa's foremost commentators of art practice. Oguibe, in conjunction with Enwezor, co-edited Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace. His essay 'Art, Identity, Boundaries: Postmodernism and Contemporary African Art' deconstructed a text by Thomas McEvilley on African artists at the Venice Biennale in 1993, exposing the peculiar attitudes and assumptions of critics about African art and artists. He is also a prominent force behind Africa's foremost visual arts publication - Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art.

Opens: July 3
Closes: September 20

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain
41, rue Notre-Dame - B.P. 345 - L-2013 Luxembourg
Tel: (+352) 22 50 45
Fax: (+352) 22 95 95
Email: casino-luxembourg@ci.culture.lu
Website: www.casino-luxembourg.lu
Hours: Wed - Mon 11am - 6pm, Thursday 11am - 8pm


Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
'Purple Pose', 1997
lithograph 30/50
136x80

Collection: BHP Billiton


Marlene Dumas in Venice

Cape Town born Marlene Dumas has never held a solo exhibition in an Italian museum. 'Suspect' is therefore an important show by one of the most acclaimed painters of recent times.

Presented at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, and curated by Gianni Romano, 'Suspect' includes recent works as well as some new paintings realised specifically for this Venetian venue. The Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa is situated in the fascinating ambience of Palazzetto Tito, located in the historic artists' quarter called Dorsuduro. It is one of the liveliest areas in town, and quite close to the Art Academy, the Pinacoteca, the University of Venice and campo Santa Margherita.

Despite being heralded as an artist who anticipated the figurative trend, which has characterised so much painting and photography of the last decade, Dumas's images, as well as the texts she writes, refuse easy interpretation. The models in her paintings and drawings seem to refuse their traditional passive role by fostering a sort of role-playing with their audience. In her 'Suspect' works everything becomes suspicious, from the painted models to our own attitude as visitors.

Opens: June 12
Closes: September 25

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
Palazzetto Tito, Dorsoduro 2826, 30123 Venice, Italy
Tel. +39 041.5207797
Fax +39 041.5208955
Email: info@bevilacqualamasa.it


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 October 4, 2002. After is closure in September 2003, the show will travel to South Africa where it will run at Johannesburg's Museum Africa from January 2004.

Opens: October 4, 2002
Closes: September 21, 2003

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KIT Tropenmuseum, Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: www.zuidafrika.tropenmuseum.nl
Hours: Daily from 10a.m - 5p.m

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