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Goodman Gallery: Between Land And Sea
November 24, 2018 @ 08:00 - January 19, 2019 @ 17:00
‘South-South’ is an ongoing curatorial initiative exploring the complex notion of a connected ‘global south’. This edition, titled Between Land and Sea, looks at constructions of social space and the natural world, freedom of movement, the real and the imagined spaces between continents and the limits and ethics of representation.
In Cape Town, Alfredo Jaar presents a new body of work that reflects on the precariousness and fragility of the South African process of reconciliation and transformation. Titled Men Who Cannot Cry, the body of work references a trip Jaar took to Robben Island several years ago, where the artist photographed a cairn constructed in 1995 by former political prisoners.The work builds on Jaar’s sustained interest in commemorative forms, practices of remembrance, and his ongoing commitment to championing human rights – recently recognised when Jaar was awarded the 11th Hiroshima art prize.
A film programme and small group show featuring the work of Sue Williamson, El Anatsui and Kapwani Kiwanga will accompany this exhibition in the gallery’s viewing room. Titled I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I know what you mean, the programme presents a selection of videos from Latin America and Africa that speak about language and how film is able to communicate with the universal viewer, who does not necessarily understand what is being said, but understands the context.
In Johannesburg, internationally celebrated Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto presents his large-scale immersive installation, Um dia todos fomos peixes (One day we were all fish). The work is a sculptural representation of a giant fish, which encourages audiences to relax into the atmosphere created by the sculpture. The work was first shown at the Blueproject Foundation in Barcelon and this will be the only other time it has been exhibited and first time Neto exhibits on the continent. The work signals the ecological urgencies affecting the ocean and puts forward the possibilities of spiritual transformation. Neto illuminates human interconnectedness with nature and our precarious ecosystems.
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