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"Petrona Morrison: South African Diary II"
2005-10-13 until 2005-11-11
198 Gallery
Brixton, , UK United Kingdom

Inspired by a two month residency in Johannesburg, Petrona Morrison’s new exhibition explores the concepts of racial identity and power inherent to today’s South African society. Situated in the heart of Brixton and created after the 1988 riots, 198 Gallery is constantly trying to raise awareness on the world’s most contemporary issues by exhibiting the work of international artists with a strong political content.

Petrona Morrison’s new body of work, South African Diary II, is inspired by her experience on a two-month residency at the Bag Factory (Fordsburg Artists Studios) in Johannesburg, in 2004. It documents the artist’s response to the contradictions and tensions of the South African reality.

South African Diary II explores a wide range of issues: economic discrepancies, racial identity and the mythologized “Rainbow Nation”, all viewed through the lens of an Afrocentric black Jamaican woman returning '”home”. Intrinsic to the exhibition are the same issues of race, identity and power, which are relevant to the Diaspora, and more particularly, to the Caribbean experience.

In the form of a visual diary, the exhibition includes images of a documentary nature, interspersed with text, which questions the inconsistencies and disparities inherent to today’s South African society and challenges the nature of these images.


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