• Steek 2013 invitation

    Steek – Sasol Art Museum

    Posted by Angela & filed under Exhibitions, Group Shows.

    On 4 March 2013 Zackie Achmat, outspoken civil rights/AIDS activist, opened an exhibition by staff members of the Visual Arts Department, Stellenbosch University, in the Sasol Art Museum.

    The show was curated by two staff members and centered around the notion of controversy within the South African society. Each participating staff member was assigned a key existing art work which has been/is deemed controversial within the South African context, and requested to respond in whatever way by means of a new art work. The curatorial statement reads:

     

    Steek 

    Vir hierdie uitstalling het die personeel van Stellenbosch Universiteit se Visuele Kunste Departement gereageer op vyf bestaande kunswerke wat in die hede of verlede as kontroversieel geag is; hetsy vir hul uitbeelding van geslag en seksualiteit, politieke figure, of die spesifieke geskiedenisse wat hulle verteenwoordig of versin.  Die vyf werke wat gekies is is Paul Stopforth se The Interrogators, Ronald Harrison se The Black Christ, Zapiro se The Rape of Lady Justice, AM Luyt se Die Slag van Bloedrivier en Zanele Muholi se Dada.  Personeellede is gevra om nuwe werke te skep wat die aard van kontroversie aanspreek in die lig van hierdie vyf stukke.  Hierdie reaksies skep ‘n ruimte vir kritiese besinning oor die aard en definisie van omstredenheid in ons land, sowel as die rol van kuns om sosiale en politieke ongelykhede uit te lig.  Die dialoog wat Steek fasiliteer tussen die verskillende kunstenaars en kunswerke bied ook die moontlikheid om omstredenheid te ondersoek as ‘n agent van verandering – as ‘n manier om te roer, prikkel en onthits.

     

    The show was specifically timed to co-incide with the University’s annual Woordfees, a week-long program revolving around the development and importance of the Afrikaans language. 

     

     

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