FNB Vita and the Market Theatre are proud to be able to bring the FNB Vita
Art Prize exhibition to the Market Theatre Gallery. Due to the highly
successful showing at the NSA Gallery in Durban in August, where Moshekwa
Langa was awarded the coveted prize, FNB Vita has decided to give an
extended life to the artworks commissioned from the six nominees.
Moshekwa Langa's award-winning piece, Home Movies: Where do I begin?, is a
poignant work made up of three separate image sequences, taking the viewer
on a journey through a trio of home movies. Kim Lieberman's work is a foray
into 'postal art' and stitched works. The visual simplicity of her post
conceptualisation contrasts highly with the poeticisation of her references
where the artist evokes emotional and social dimensions.
Robin Rhode explores the art of street and celebrates the triumph of the
popular. His work brings together the elements of graffiti, dimensional
transformation, sport and fashion and he works extensively with performance
art. Kathryn Smith exhibits her work entitled: The Way we Kiss in
Public/ADASTW, a meditation on the confluence between space, mediation,
trauma and the public/private divide represented by the forensic recording
of violent death. Her intention was to create a multisensory installation.
Clive van den Berg's Love's Ballast, summons viewers to look up, to
reorient the viewer's experience of looking. He explores the mechanisms by
which pleasure, and not just pain, work to repress memory while also
producing new, ironically life-sustaining effects. The installation Baggage
Arrival by Jan van der Merwe, depicts
material decay and corporeal corrosion. His work incorporates found objects,
images and junk materials that have been discarded, he tries to transform
artefacts of our time into archaeological relics.
The founding principles of the FNB Vita Art Prize are to promote
contemporary art in South Africa and to provoke interest and debate around
new artistic developments. The judges for this year's FNB Vita Art prize
were: Willem Boshoff, Julia Charlton, Natasha Fuller, Virginia MacKenny,
Nkosinathi Khanyile and Pat Mautloa.
The FNB Vita Art Prize exhibition runs at the Market Theatre Gallery
throughout the month of November.