Archive: Issue No. 74, October 2003

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15.09.03 'Hypo' at artSPACEdurban
15.09.03 New Acquisitions at the DAG
15.09.03 'Hope Box: Weather Report' at the NSA
15.09.03 'The Parking Plot Project' by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, at the NSA
01.09.03 Italian artist Luisella Carretta at DAG
01.09.03 Heritage Day exhibition at the DAG
01.09.03 Dance installation at DAG
01.09.03 Clay and fibre exhibition at NSA


15.09.03 Centre for Visual Arts' Staff and Students at Jack Heath Gallery


Dean Elliott

Dean Elliott

Brandon McCleod

Brandon McCleod
photographic transparency

'Hypo' at artSPACEdurban

Last week 'Atopia' took over the space at artSPACEdurban for a brief few days (see review) and now 'Hypo' enlivens its walls. It is a group exhibition by artists, designers and photographers, both fine art and commercial, who work and/or study in the Durban area. Their brief was to capture the unseen or unnoticed Durban.

'Hypo' is the shortened term for sodium hyposulphite, which is a chemical that is utilised in the photographic darkroom to improve the permanence and clarity of negative film. 'Hypo' can also be used as a prefix to a number of words implying a "less than" quality, e.g. hypothermia: to have a body temperature that is lower than normal. 'Hypo' sounds similar to 'hype': as often utilised in the advertising media, or 'hyper': meaning that one is nervously overactive.

The show has already caused controversy. Patrick Royal withdrew his work on seeing a sign warning viewers that some material might prove disturbing and unsuitable for children. The offending piece, depicting clusters of penises, by Brandon McLeod, newly returned to Durban from London, remains on the show.

The participating artists are Ralph Bronzin, Dean Elliott, Dean Jensen, Patrick McGee, Brandon McLeod, Ros Sarkin, Bernice Stott, and Nicolette van der Walt.

Closes: October 18

New Acquisitions at the DAG

Opened recently, the 'New Acquisitions' show at the DAG represents museum acquisitions gained over the last three years. It is not a curated show as such but shows the museum's attempt to pinpoint the gaps in its collection. Thus it has actively supported previously disadvantaged artists as well as expanded its basket, beadwork and ceramic sections, finding particular treasures in antique beadwork, meat platters and headrests at the renowned Amagugu exhibition held annually at the African Art Centre. It has also continued to buy more established artists from KZN and around the country. The exhibition includes work by Colbert Mashile, Angela Buckland, Andrew Verster and Langa Magwa (see Gallery Choice).

Closes: November 9

Weather Report

Seraphine Pick, Rudina Xhafieri, Rienke Enghardt, Ilse Edit Pahl, Tran Trong Vu
Weather Report, 2001
Made in Dunedin, Prishtina, Johannesburg, Paris
mixed media on paper

'Hope Box: Weather Report' at the NSA

Hope Box is the collective noun of four interactive Art projects ('Weather Report' (1991 - 2003), 'Cadavre Exquis' (1995 - 2005), 'Travel Report' and 'Tigerpaws in the Fishglobe') initiated by the Dutch artist Rienke Enghardt. Enghardt has been travelling the globe with the Hope Box projects, cooperating with from a number of nationalities. In 2002 she brought the Hope Box to the African continent, working with various artists. The NSA Gallery will present one of these four projects, 'Weather Report'.

'Weather Report' is a series of collaborative works of art. In each artwork five artists from the 'four winds' are represented. During her journeys Enghardt cuts her travel-drawings into four pieces and divides those pieces among four artists. Using the piece as binding-factor, each artist works individually on the work of art, which arises when the four pieces are being put back together again. Rooted in a sense of limitation Enghardt invites artists she meets on her travels to create together a more complete image of reality. By rallying forces and connecting different points of view, 'Weather Report' increases the parameters of possible conversations across geographies.

Since the 1991 young artists from Asia, Europe, America and Oceania have joined 'Weather Report'. Africa will be the last continent to participate. In the years between the first and the last 'Weather Report', well over one hundred and fifty works of art by over a hundred artists will have come into being. In 2003 the artistic result will go on a Hope Box tour through Europe, Africa, Oceania, America and Asia.

During 2002 Enghardt visited South Africa, and met up with local artists to participate in the project. They include Ilse Pahl, Usha Seejarim, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Titus Matiyane, Diek Grobler, Langa Magwa and Greg Streak. The exhibition will also include work by other international participants.

Please visit for additional information on the project.

Opens: October 21, at 6pm
Closes: October 31


Doung Anwar Jahangeer

Doung Anwar Jahangeer
Parking Plot Project, 2003
Site-specific installation, NSA Gallery

'The Parking Plot Project' by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, at the NSA

Situated in the Multi Media room and the parking lot of the NSA, Doung Anwar Jahangeer's project is the third instalment in the NSA's Young Artists' Project (YAP) 2003.

Anwar Jahangeer is an experimental architect. He hopes to prompt a rethink on our experiences of cities. He aims to transcend the defined boundaries of visual and philosophical expressions within the dynamic (d)urban context; thereby deconstructing established perceptions of 'the other'. He has recently established an architectural practice (open space projects (Pty) Ltd) revisiting the art of building spaces rather than mere construction of facades. His contribution to YAP is a pilot project for a larger initiative.

Anwar Jahangeer's installation in the Multimedia Room will consist of works produced over the past two years, based on his 'City Walk' initiative where he charts walks through three inner cities: Johannesburg, London and Durban. During these 'walks' Doung documents interactions with inner city residents and his pavement experiences, the result: a dynamic and largely unacknowledged portrait of these cities.

His installation in the NSA Gallery Parking lot comprises visual interventions through altered signage and strategically placed works, testing his theory that this in-between space should and could be used as an optimum-viewing place for art. Anwar Jahangeer says: "In the gap between two forms of movement, the space between two ways of perceiving and interacting, parking lots offer the opportunity to participate in and perceive urban cultural and social landscapes differently.

"As the by-products of the automobile, parking lots constitute compelling lost spaces, spaces that have been established as vacant land undesirable in people's perception. At the same time the project opens up a window to people who are perceived to be 'undesirable' by a society, that are too the product of urbanization: street children, vagrants, the homeless. A long term vision would be to explore what he 'undesirable' elements have to offer in regenerating the city on a physical and individual level".

Born and raised in Mauritius, Anwar Jahangeer has made Durban his home since 1992. In 1993 he commenced his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Natal, Durban where he achieved merit awards in both Construction and Design. After his first degree he embarked on a three-year period of travel across three continents. While in Britain he worked in London as an architect specializing in contemporary restoration of listed buildings. In 2000 he returned to do his post-graduate diploma and graduated in 2002. Subsequently he has participated and exhibited in collaborative exhibitions and installations with artists both locally and abroad.

YAP is an ongoing NSA Gallery initiative, with funding received from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. YAP aims to support and nurture new work.

Opens: October 21, at 6pm
Closes: November 9

Luisella Carretta

Luisella Carretta
untitled installation

Italian artist Luisella Carretta at DAG

'Tropic Of Capricorn' is an exhibition by Italian artist, Luisella Carretta. The exhibition is being brought to the Durban Art Gallery by the Consulate of Italy as a diplomatic exchange between the port cities of Genoa and Durban and will be part of the 'Celebrate eThekwini' Festival.

Caretta's work draws upon the natural environment for her installations. She has worked on the themes of birds, bees and bats and completed her first drawings of the flight of birds in 1973. Registering the arrival and departures of house martins from their nests she reproduced actual flight paths with notes and observations using drawing, photography, text and maps in her installation. Her materials are varied ranging beyond conventional media to include leaves, sand, bark, cotton and ribbons.

Also utilising body performances, she has worked on how humans move in space, observing paths people take and their behavioural patterns, documenting and recording them like the flight of birds and bees. The results give data on choices of transgression or conformity, naturalness or artificiality in relation to codified paths, functions and the environment. Carretta collaborates closely with ornithologists and entomologists, and in 1986 was invited to take part in the Venice Biennale in the 'Arte e Biologica' section.

As Caretta's work is particularly concerned with movement it was considered appropriate to invite local choreographer Jay Pather to create a short dance piece for the opening event, which the artist will attend. Carretta will be in Durban for two weeks giving talks and holding open discussions about her work.

Opens: September 17, at 6pm
Closes: October 26

Welcome Danca

Welcome Danca
I need, 2003

Heritage Day exhibition at the DAG

The DAG hosts 'My Roots', a special Heritage Day exhibition. The Heritage Day exhibition was started by Education Officer Patricia Khoza in 1997 and has gained momentum over the years. This year's theme 'My Roots' focuses on the many and diverse cultures of Durban making this an appropriate event for the 'Celebrate eTthekwini' Festival.

The opening event on Tuesday September 23 will focus on not only the visual but also traditional performing arts. Creating a festive atmosphere it will be a highlight of 'Celebrate eThekwini' month. A series of events will coincide with the exhibition. See workshops.

Opens: September 23
Closes: October 26

Jay Pather

Jay Pather's Siwela Sonke Dance Company performing in �Home

Dance installation at DAG

Jay Pather's Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre follows its successful 'CityScapes' presented at the Durban Art Gallery last year with their latest work 'Home'. The National Arts Festival especially commissioned the production for this year's Main Festival Programme. Chosen as one of ten "Must See" productions at the Festival by The Star 'Home' played to critical and popular acclaim.

The production comprises a series of works set inside various 'home' spaces: a bedroom, a kitchen, playground, a solitary uncluttered space, a migrant worker's cubicle and a lounge. In the main, the works revisit the paradox of the desire for security and freedom, restlessness and the aching need for rest. 'Home' also serves as a metaphor for larger, global impulses of inward looking in the threat of war and change.

In global unease, the home becomes refuge and once more a symbol of sanctity. Shifting identities however, keep "home truths" in flux and the home may equally be a hotel, cardboard box or bomb shelter whilst picket fenced suburbia caves in, acquiring steel gates to restore sanctity and uneasy safety. Such contradictions provide the impetus for 'Home'.

Featuring a full company of dancers 'Home' embraces a range of dance forms from the contemporary to traditional African, physical theatre, the rousing rhythms of Kathak (acclaimed Kathak dancer, Vaibhav Joshi who comes down from Mumbai especially for this production) and the lyrical, sculpturesque Bharatha Natyam. Dance and ritual come together to evoke intimate, interior moments of belonging/dislocation and nuturing/fleeing.

As with 'CityScapes', 'Home' is collaboration between dance and the visual arts. Jo Ratcliffe provides evocative visual images of the legendary Devonshire Hotel while Milijana Babic's unsettling home sculptures include a wrought iron swing caught in mid-air without an occupant. Angela Buckland's photography meticulously examines the bunkers of migrant workers in their temporary homes. Video artists, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Greg Streak and Jan Henri Booyens complete the impressive list of visual artists whose work is featured in the production.

For more information contact Tel: (031) 311 2268 or (031) 307 6686. Bookings can be made through Computicket.

Opens: September 29


Association of Potters Southern Africa

invitation image for APSA exhibition

Lize Hugo

Lize Hugo
invitation image, 2003
oil on canvas

Clay and fibre exhibition at NSA

The Association of Potters Southern Africa, KwaZulu Natal branch will present their annual exhibition of new works by members of the organisation, in the main gallery at the NSA. Titled 'Textures', the exhibition features work by invited guest ceramist Karen Sinowich from Pretoria and David Walters from Cape Town. Other KwaZulu Natal artists include Garth Hoets, Lynn Morris-Hale, Naomi Klingenberg, Clive Sithole, Tracy Tompkins, Andrew Walford and Martha Zettler.

In addition entries from the Durban Institute of Technology, the University of Natal, the Bat Centre and students from the outreach programme at the Hillcrest Aids Centre have been invited to participate. The group 'Fibreworks', a collective of fibre artists, will show their recent work for this exhibition.

'Pofadder and Back' is a two-person exhibition of paintings by Lize Hugo and Aidan Walsh, on the mezzanine. Both well-known South African painters, one living in Durban and the other in Cape Town, they embarked on a fascinating zigzagging circle together, covering 5000 kilometres from Cape Town, up the West Coast through Pella, Pofadder, Calvinia, Hope Town, Verneukpan, Niewoudtville, Aughrabies and back. They stayed at strange places and met even stranger people.

Whilst Pofadder may be regarded as a source of jokes, it, and many other small towns, are a source of wonder for Hugo and Walsh. Travelling for three weeks through the Karoo, documenting their journey through writing, notes, photographs and impressions, both painters create works that continue the classical tradition of Western painting while soliciting identification with, and reflection of the contemporary South African situation. Both artists approach their subject matter with a healthy dose of irony and a shared empathy for the sites visited, and painted.

Lize Hugo lives and work in Cape Town, and has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. Her work is also represented in numerous public and corporate collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Miami, the Durban Art Gallery and the Durban Institute of Technology.

Aidan Walsh was born in Durban and trained at the Natal Technical College, and later in London. A professional painter all his adult life, Walsh has also been influential in the South Africa art scene since 1961, as a gallerist and curator. His works are collected in numerous collections (public and private) locally as well as in France, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and New Zealand. He lives and works in Durban. The exhibition will be opened by Andries Botha.

Opens: September 30, at 6pm
Closes: October 19


Centre for Visual Arts' Staff and Students at Jack Heath Gallery

Not often featured on this site, the Jack Heath University Gallery for the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg has a fairly low profile in the contemporary art world, which is a pity as the department has produced some of the top artistic names in South Africa: Clive van den Berg, Jeremy Wafer, Walter Oltmann and Bronwen Findlay to name but a few.

Currently on show are works by staff and postgraduate student from the Centre for Visual Art, including staff members Isabella Quattrochi and Ginny Heath. This show will provide a window into current production at this institution.

Closes: October 21