Madeleine Bazil // Lizette Chirrime // Das Numen // Denver Jansen // Io Makandal // Koleka Putuma // Nina Schuiki // Dennis Siering
Curated by Stefan Vicedom
Opening: Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 06:00 p.m.
Exhibition: 29. November – 14. December 2018
Address: Greatmore Ar t Studios, 47-49 Greatmore Street, Cape Town 7925
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
The Greatmore Art Studios are glad to announce the upcoming group exhibition Towards a Sentimental Cartography of Water which opens on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, at 06:00 p.m.
The effects of the latest water crisis still shape the social, economical and environmental life of Cape Town and the Western Cape. What once was thought to be a finite state of emergency thus more and more becomes a new form of normality. But which attributes define and characterise this labile situation of a new normal? How has the crisis modified the personal and public relation to water? And to what extent can the crisis even serve as a catalyst for change that transforms the negative implications into a positive outlook?
The exhibition Towards a Sentimental Cartography of Water explores these issues through a range of photographic images, drawings, installations and media works by artists based in South Africa and Europe. The approach of the exhibition loosely refers to the concept of sentimental cartographies which marks a popular method for interpreting complex present-day phenomena. In this particular sense the artworks that are arranged in the exhibition provide some first coordinates for an yet unwritten cartography that describes our far-reaching connectedness with water.
By presenting works of Madeleine Bazil, Lizette Chirrime, Das Numen, Denver Jansen, Io Makandal, Koleka Putuma, Nina Schuiki and Dennis Siering the show brings together a range of artistic positions whose relation to water is marked by highly different focuses and backgrounds. For further information on the participating artists please see the short biographies below.
The exhibition is organised by Berlin-based curator Stefan Vicedom who currently participates in the Greatmore Studios’ residency programme.
Madeleine Bazil (*1995, US) is a photographer and writer based in Cape Town. Her documentary work mainly puts a focus on societal and individual memory of collective cultural trauma. Her artistic interests are closely related to her experience in the NGO and nonprofit world.
See also: http://www.madeleinebazil.com/
Lizette Chirrime (*1973, MZ) is a visual artist based in Cape Town. She creates large-scale textile-driven works on canvas or in the medium of installation. Her artistic practice often initiates an interplay between the traditional connotations of fabric, the formal language of abstraction and art as a therapeutic and spiritual tool.
Das Numen is an art collective which was founded 2010 in Berlin. It consists of the artists Julian Charrière, Andreas Greiner, Markus Hoffmann and Felix Kiessling. In their work they are combining artistic with scientific strategies to create experimental installations that reinterpret physical and biologic phenomena of our everyday world.
See also: http://www.dasnumen.com/
Denver Jansen (*1994, ZA) is a visual artist based in Oudtshoorn. His artistic practice is inspired by elements of realism and surrealism. In his drawings and aquarelles he mostly addresses social and ecological issues that are related to his personal environment. In 2017 Denver Jansen was selected to participate in the ongoing AVA’s ArtReach programme.
Io Makandal (*1987, ZA) is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She works across the medium of drawing, sculpture and mixed media. Her artistic approach is characterised by an ongoing interest in the structures of urban space, memory, and the environmental effects of human activity.
See also: http://www.iomakandal.com/
Koleka Putuma (*1993, ZA) is a poet and theatre practioner based in Cape Town. Her writing mainly deals with the repercussions of apartheid and the issues of gender-based violence, patriarchy and homophobia. In April 2017 she published her award-winning collection of poems Collective Amnesia.
See also: https://cocoputuma.wordpress.com/
Nina Schuiki (*1983, AT) is a visual artist based in Berlin. Her artistic practice includes works in the media of photography, sculpture and installation. She often uses minimal gestures to explore particular temporal and spatial contexts as well as historical and social configurations.
See also: http://www.ninaschuiki.org/
Dennis Siering (*1983, DE) is a visual artist based in Offenbach am Main. In his artistic work he creates sculptures and installations that speculatively address the shifts between our natural and technological environment. His approach is closely linked to current theoretical concepts in science, philosophy and science fiction.
See also: http://dennissiering.com/
For further enquiries please contact: Stefan.Vicedom@gmx.net