Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art

Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art
Library Shelf Location 15.ZAEN
Publication Date Apr 2005
Description Newly commissioned and recently produced works by an exceptional group of seventeen South African contemporary visual artists working in diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, installation, video, and performance. The works represent the artists’ responses to a weeklong stay in New York and visits with the international team of curators. Subtle investigations of agency and affect inform this exhibition, as it explores works of art as the powerful and poetic expressions that artists leave behind. The common thread throughout the exhibition is the highly personal point of departure of the artists’ working methods – the use of the body, personal histories, and the construction of personal mythologies. After ten years of democracy, the personal narratives reflected in the work of South African artists today are complex and multi-layered, challenging audiences to recognize the subtle nuances and slippages of history, culture, economics, religion and personal experience that form the artists’ identities.
ISBN 0945802447
Quantity 1
Pages 96
Authors Tracy Murinik, Liese van der Watt, Okwui Enwezor
Format Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher Museum for African Art, New York
Related Country/Global Region South Africa
Related Gallery Museum for African Art, New York
Artist's Nationality South African
Language English

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