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"VIOLENCE: A Pulse Project (2002), Curated by Greg Streak, Durban Portion of a National Project - VIOLENCE / SILENCE"
2002-07-05 until 2002-07-28
ZA South Africa
The exhibition Violence will take place at the NSA Gallery in Durban and Silence will take place in and around Nieu-Bethesda. Both shows will involve the same group of artists and the shows will open simultaneously, albeit 1200 km apart. Four International artists (Marco Pollo Rolla (Brazil), Bharti Kerr (India), Adriana Lestido (Argentina) etc. along with 4 South African artists (Paul Edmunds, Carol Gainer etc.) arrived in Durban on June 14 2002 and worked towards the shows opening on July 5. Violence and Silence will come together as one exhibition in a space still being decided on in Cape Town later in 2002.
Violence: physical force intended to cause injury or destruction; natural force; passion, intensity.
Silence: absence of sound; the time this lasts; refusal to speak or make a sound; secrecy. *vt to cause to be silent. * interj be silent!
!Xoe, the biennale held in and around the town of Nieu-Bethesda in the Great Karoo has put on another face this year. Not content with becoming a "usual suspect" and in an effort to continually upgrade its profile, Mark Wilby the project founder and co-coordinator has taken a different approach. This year he has asked Greg Streak to guest curate the !Xoe Biennale (2002).
Streak is responsible for the artist run initiative PULSE that brought the highly successful "open-circuit" project to Durban in 2000/2001. Streak has taken the !Xoe Biennale under the umbrella of PULSE and hence the collaboration now sees a complex project that will involve both international and local artists working in both Durban and in Nieu-Bethesda around the project themes of Violence / Silence. Although it is difficult to escape the implications associated with the terms ‘Violence’ and ‘Silence’ in the context of South Africa, they are layered with so many other possible readings. It is the intention to explore this diversity of association rather than to prescribe meaning in relation to political circumstance only.
Carol Gainer, Absa Atelier 2000
121cm x 184cm