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"FNB Vita Art Prize Exhibition to Open Today"
2001-10-30 until 2001-11-30
Market Theatre Gallery
Johannesburg, GA, ZA South Africa

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.

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