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The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios invites
you to the end-of-year celebratory cocktail launch of the

Portfolio of limited edition photographic prints
from the performance art workshop

Rites of Fealty/Rites of Passage

Documented by art photographer John Hodgkiss

Thursday, 26 November 2009, 6pm­ – 8pm
Bag Factory Gallery, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg

Featuring the work of Nadine Hutton, Anthea Moys, Mlu Zondi, Ntando Cele, Rat Western, Ismail Farouk, Murray Turpin, Bronwyn Lace, Kemang wa Lehulere, Dinkies Sithole, Johan Thom.

Following the one-night exhibition of new performance artworks by a group of emerging South African artists held in July 2008, the Bag Factory presents the Rites of Fealty/ Rites of Passage: Print Portfolio, which comprises ten limited-edition prints from the performances in a beautifully bound portfolio.

Coordinated by pioneering South African performance artist Johan Thom, Rites of Fealty/ Rites of Passage was an exploration of the transformative capacity of art, whereby the artwork is envisioned as a rite of passage through which both artist and viewer may plot alternatives to existing modes of relating to our familiar surroundings, ordinary social interactions, physical gestures and use of language. In this way art may act as a gateway that embodies the possibility for personal and societal change through direct action and physical participation.

To watch excerpts of the performances on YouTube, go to: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubw6M5dtGM4>.

This workshop and exhibition are made possible by:

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Press Release

The Double Body: being in space is an exhibition of new and recent installation and performance art by South African artists and explores the implicit relationship between physical performance, or presence, and architectural spaces.  Drawing from a body of recent writing that makes a case for a corporeal “knowledge” of space, the works in this exhibition are invested in how the body locates itself in space and develops a sense of place, how installation environments may bear the traces of bodily presences and the different levels at which a viewer experiences an artwork. Many of the works, Alexander Opper’s installation, Auseinandersetzung, in the upper-level of the gallery, for instance, consist in an immediate sensory encounter for the viewer that takes place prior to a formal or analytical engagement with the work.
Nevertheless, each contribution to the exhibition has been rigorously conceived and carefully chosen to create an immersive network of spatial environments that exist in a carefully hewn poetic conversation with each another.  This conversation will ring most clearly at the exhibition’s opening event, where Lerato Shadi, and Bronwyn Lace will present performance works and new video work by Nina Barnett, Same Seine, will be projected onto an outdoor “screen”.  This exhibition has been designed to read best after dark, and uses unconventional lighting selected to meet the display demands of each work individually.  In this way, the exhibition breaks with the temporal conventions of gallery viewing and relies on its external environment to determine the conditions of its legibility and meaning.
Participating artists are Marcus Neustetter, Bronwyn Lace, Alexander Opper, David Andrew, Nina Barnett, Johan Thom, Lerato Shadi, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Murray Kruger and Rodan Kane Hart.
Curated for the FADA Gallery by Anthea Buys.
A digital catalogue will be available from May 20 on the FADA website.

Opening: FADA Gallery, Johannesburg, Wednesday May 20, 6.30pm.
Contact: Andthea Buys
antheabuys@mweb.co.za; 082 460 3427
With thanks to Leora Farber, Lauren van der Merwe, Gordon Froud, Rosalind Cleaver, David Paton, Lucille Pillay and Avita Padiachey.


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