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"Ipopeng Project: UNDER COVER"
2000-04-01 until 2000-04-09
ZA South Africa
Opening on 1 April in association with the Ipopeng Project is UNDER COVER
featuring works by Ioannis Lassithiotakis (Greece), Maureen Bell (United
Kingdom), Lambert Moraloki (South Africa), Luis Arias Vera (Peru), Anthony
Makou, Rudolph Tshie & Brigitte Hertell (South Africa), Ivan Sagito
(Indonesia), Voti Thebe (Zimbabwe) and Moses Mohoroe.
The current tension and diverging statements in art challenges us to
re-evaluate our personal criteria in the composing of visual concepts. Each
artist's individual work can only affirm itself in the wider context of
concurrent developments. Accordingly, we initiated a project where the
various alternating expressions are tied into a common voice.
The motif in employing the umbrella as concept for the work and installation
lies in the diverse connotations embedded in its function and form:
Historically the umbrella has been a tool for protection and cover but in
African, Oriental and Latin-American countries, it has also been used as an
important ceremonial object which conveys authority and status. This
reflection evokes multiple aspects about our physical and mental condition:
cross-migration; the shielding of heritage and environment; cultural and
sociopolitical settlements; trans-orientation; the revealing of past and
present in the light of future expectations; a nouveau depart...On a more
structural level the versatile shape of the umbrella is suggestive of the
global spheres, kites, domes, trees, shelters, arches, obelisks. The obvious
material function of the umbrella is re-interpreted and transformed to
communicate a spiritual, intellectual and psychological message of art as
dialogue and as cross-cultural interaction.
The umbrella may cover several references to connected meanings, events,
experiences, but the correlation of the whole group of umbrellas (in the
final installation) generates the actual inter-relation of fragmented
realities. The title of the project captures the described image and
concept. Furthermore, it refers to the concealed collaboration of the
different artists: all project participants work on a common theme but their
work and statement remains obscure until the juxtaposition of all art works
(editions) in a continuous collective revelation process.