In this work Kganye expands her complex visual vocabulary, rooted in traditional photography, to include sculptural elements and a spinning light for the life-size installation. Mohlokomedi wa Tora draws attention to the notion of family and how the influence of personal and political bias results in dynastic mythologies.
The installation constantly moves to create uninterrupted images and has four points of entry representing the four branches of the artist’s family, whilst the spinning light feature on top of a table mimics a traditional photocopier light which “scans” the surroundings and immerses the intruding audience in light. This table symbolises years of shared familial experiences and echoes the scene in Vincent van Gogh’s Potato Eaters (1885) and suggests shared disadvantages are separated by time and geography.
The narrow physical passages of this work allude to crowded living conditions experienced by township dwellers and the resulting forced intimacies. Contemporaneously the constant motion of the installation and the audience talks to migration, the creation and destruction of family, desire to escape the shadows of poverty and ironically at the same time becoming another shadow.
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MORE EVENTS IN PRETORIA
|PRETORIA - LONGSTREET ART LOVERS 1932|
Opening: Thursday 27 September 2018 at 18:30
Participating: Mario Soares
|PRETORIA - ASSOCIATION OF ARTS PRETORIA|
Opening: Friday 28 September 2018 at 18:30
BACK TO THE FUTURE - Contemporary glass inspired by the past
Participating: Lothar Bottcher * Olwethu de Vos * Gordon Froud * Caitlin Greenberg * Mike Hyam * Martli Jansen van Rensburg * Thabiso Mokaba * Thabang Monoa * Kgotso Pati * Maxi Pretorius * Ian Redelinghuys * Liesl Roos * Nicole Rowe * Mbali Tshabalala * Diane Victor * Retief van Wyk * Marileen van Wyk * Berco Wilsenach
|PRETORIA - JOHANN VAN HEERDEN`S ART AND GALLERY|
Opening: Sunday 30 September 2018 at 11:00
Link / Skakel Art Jewelry Exhibition
Participating: Dorathea Annandale * Cryselda Venter * Leonie Annandale * Brendon Cloete * Anne Manaczynski * Esti McLachlan * Deirdre Mcllroy * Joy Massyn * Nadine Steenkamp * Magda Nieman * Joseph Makhafola * Abram Mathabatha