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– Abrie Fourie (kurator)
UJ-galery, Johannesburg

Die titel vir dié versameling kortflieks deur Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars ontleen Abrie Fourie aan die gelyknamige 1991-animasiefliek van William Kentridge.

Dié fliek is deel van Nine Draw­ings for Projection (gemaak tussen 1989 en 2003) waarin die verhaal vertel word van Soho Eckstein as sakeman (en in Mine as myneienaar).

In dié flieks word verskeie aspekte van myn of mine ontgin: die diepgroefmyn waaruit Eckstein sy rykdom buit; die toeëiening van dit waarop die hande gelê kan word; maar ook die woordspel met “ondermyn”.

Myn as aanduiding van posisionering en identiteit kom uiteraard ter sprake en dit is dalk dié gedagte wat deursyfer in die werke van die 18 ander kunstenaars.

Benewens Kentridge is daar die werk van Bridget Baker, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Doris Bloom, Jacques Coetzer, Teboho Edkins, Simon Gush en Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Donna Kukama, Michael MacGarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Robin Rhode, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Penny Siopis, Gregg Smith, Johan Thom en Minnette Vári.

Vári se Alien spook jare later (en nog net so sterk soos in 1998 toe dit gemaak is) met vreemdelingskap en vervreemding.

As sy toe aspekte soos vrees, begeerte, besit, verlies en ’n bewussyn van die self teen die agtergrond van ’n onderdrukkende regime verbeeld het, is haar Alien nou allermins vreemd.

Fourie se samestelling van die uitstalling – wat ook vertoon is in Bayreuth, Duitsland, en Dubai, Verenigde Arabiese Emirate – is besonder behendig gedoen. In stede van oorhel na die swaarmoedige sluit hy op speelse wyse ook die anargistiese werk in van Rhode en die melancholiese Temporary Rebellion (2008) van Coetzer.

Dié dokumentasie van ’n openbare performance op die N1 vergestalt iets van die individu se insulêre bestaan buite die hoofstroom.

Neffens die bedrywige oggendverkeer op die snelweg sit ’n tromspeler en speel sy hart uit.

Fourie se uitstalling verg dat ’n mens tyd moet bestee, meer as wat die gemiddelde besoeker aan ’n galery wel doen.

In die konteks van die uitstalling tree die onderlinge werke met elkander in gesprek en kry die individuele werke ’n aanvullende betekenis.

Wat ’n sinryke aanbieding.

– Johan Myburg

This article originally appeared here: http://www.beeld.com/Vermaak/Nuus/Mine-die-werk-van-knap-kurator-20120321

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invites you to the opening of the exhibition entitled


A Selection of Films by South African Artists


Wednesday 7 March 2012


18:30 for 19:00


UJ Art Gallery

Kingsway Campus,  Corner of Kingsway Avenue and University Road Auckland Park

Bridget Baker, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Doris Bloom, Jacques Coetzer, Teboho Edkins, Simon Gush & Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, William Kentridge, Donna Kukama, Michael McGarry, Nandipha Mnthambo. Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Robin Rhode, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Penny Siopis, Gregg Smith, Johan Thom, Minette Vari

UJ Arts and Culture presents an exhibition entitled Mine at the UJ Art Gallery during March 2012.  This exhibition, with a selection of nineteen films by prominent South African artists, addresses not only the concept of deep level mining, but also that of personal ownership and  the countless ways in which the self is identified and positioned.

The diverse works chosen by Berlin based curator Abrie Fourie for this show all have a common denominator: the artists make references to themselves in their work – either in person, as actor, model, observer, interviewer or instigator.

Furthermore, some of the artists such as Johan Thom, Bridget Baker, Robin Rhode, Teboho Edkins, Doris Bloom and Gregg Smith presently live in European capitals, while South African based artists enjoy an increased presence in the global art world.   Their various approaches are thus colored by local and diasporal perceptions, but they all nonetheless seek answers pertaining to aspects of identity from a perspective on South African concerns.

Capitalist exploitation, colonialism, the social, political and cultural realities of the country, history and memories are addressed by artists such as William Kentridge (nine of his videos produced between 1989 and 2003 will be on show and we get to meet Soho Eckstein again), Penny Siopis (Obscure White Messenger:2010) and Bridget Baker (Steglitz House: 2009 – 2010), while Minette Vári, for instance,  in her production (Alien:1998), positions herself in the cultural archive of the new South Africa during the period 1994 to 1998.

The film and video productions with their often experimental styles are described by Anna Schrade from the University of Bayreuth as seeking “… to represent the experience of living between two or more cultural regimes of knowledge and explore the myriad ways in which we identify and position ourselves in a world where “mining the self” is imperative for the formulation of new and alternative identities, histories and discourse” (2011).

Fourie, who conceptualized this exhibition, is an artist, photographer, curator and art facilitator.

This exhibition was first shown at the University of Bayreuth in Germany last year, and at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

A booklet providing more insight into each of the works will be available at the exhibition.

Discussion and walkabout:

Saturday 17 March 2012 at 11:00.

Gallery hours:

Mondays to Fridays:  09:00 – 18:00

Saturdays: 09:00 – 13:00

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


0115592556 | gallery@uj.ac.za | 0115592099

The exhibition ends 28 March 2012.


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From the viewer’s perspective, video installations can be a tricky medium to wrap your head around. The content is often obscure and indecipherable, and it’s all to easy too walk away feeling more than a little confused. However, if you’re armed with some background knowledge on the artist and their intentions, video installations can be a rewarding and fascinating art form.

One such exhibition, entitled ‘Mine’ (showing at Ductac’s Gallery of Light), presents video installations of 17 South African artists (including well-known notables William Kentbridge and Robin Rhode), in which they comment on personal ownership. Each artist also appears in his or her film. To help you understand the pieces, we asked five of the artists. to give us an insight into their work.

Johan Thom
Title of installation
‘Terms of Endearment’.

Length of film
Three minutes 49 seconds.

Describe your video installation.
In short, it’s a work in which I wanted to express something about the relationship between domesticity, art and the subconscious. For most of my career my home has also been my studio. There’s something interesting about the way in which art is simultaneously very personal and social, domestic and public.

What message are you trying to convey?
I think we ought to carefully examine the myriad ways in which ideas about dirt and cleanliness figure so prominently in the way we structure and understand the meaning of our lives.

Where do you appear in the film?
I appear made up in ‘skullface’, as a delirious character that seems to celebrate the material messiness of life even from beyond the grave.

Who inspires you?
The ingenuity of ordinary people.

Do you have a favourite filmmaker?
I love film generally, and three names come to mind immediately: Steve McQueen, Bill Viola and Werner Herzog.

What makes you proud to be South African?
We are a hybrid, multicultural nation.


Also read Robin Rhode, Bridget Baker, Lerato Shadi and Jacques Coetzer’s pieces in the Time Out by clicking on this link:  South African video art.

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Hannah Höch Flight 1931, Collage, 23 x 18.4 cm

Apparently I have a work on this exhibition… should be a very interesting show regardless of whether you spot it or not*.

‘Dada South?’, curated by Roger van Wyk and Kathryn Smith presents a collision of artistic strategies and forms that reflect the impact of Dada; works conceived and enacted in the spirit of Dada, and which seek to question the conventions, values and function of art in a troubled society. The juxtaposition of works from South Africa and from abroad, aims to examine the significance of non-western cultures in Dada practice. It also provides an opportunity to consider an alternative history of resistance in a culture of isolation and repression in South Africa, one that intersects with the canon of ‘resistance art’, but which deviates into forms that are less didactic, more eclectic and experimental.

On exhibition will be historical Dada works and publications by Marcel Duchamp, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Hans Richter and Sophie Täuber-Arp are assembled for exhibition alongside works and objects by Jane Alexander, Walter Battiss, Willem Boshoff, Candice Breitz, Kendell Geers, Neil Goedhals, Wopko Jensma, Robin Rhode, and Lucas Seage among many others.

The opening features a series of performances by Warrick Sony, Donna Kukama and Kemang wa Lehulere and the Iziko Museums Education and Public Programmes, among others.

The work on display is the modified Afrikaans dictionary from ‘words oft error’ (2005)

Dates: 12 December – 28 February

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