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Post Conflict Art: A Dual Exhibition

18 July 2024 - 10 August 2024

Participating: Ade Kipades and Ingrid Piprek

The two exhibitions, running in tandem, tackle similar themes and are visually complementary, but are otherwise markedly different: one in paint, the other largely in fibre; one about a current conflict, the other about an historic war; one by a living artist, the other by an artist who has passed on.
 
Ade Kipades’ Massacre of the Paint Tubes was inspired by the Israeli bombing of Gaza and the mass killing of children in 2023. ‘I felt compelled to speak about what to me is the effect of a supremacist ideology that has gained impunity from the West to do whatever it likes. I wanted to say something, using the best vehicle of expression that I had, painting, but without making a political statement,’ he explains.
 
Kipades referred to painter Philip Guston for inspiration. This Jewish Canadian-American artist, born in Canada in 1913 to Ukrainian immigrants, depoliticised his work in a humorous yet deeply moving way. ‘I had been looking for a way to change from abstract to figurative in my own work and I found a kindred spirit in Guston. The subject is my motivation to paint, but the work itself is about the action of painting and not about the subject.’ Kipades adds that his intention is to portray his subject in a way that is ambiguous so that his audience can create their own dialogue, depending on their point of view.
 
Ingrid Piprek’s Aftermath: Making Art from War is a series of fibre artworks that document her experiences in Europe during the Second World War, vividly capturing her journey as Soviet forces advanced from the east. Piprek, who was born in Berlin, and died this year in Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape at the age of 93, only discovered the practice of textile art when she turned 70. It became her passion, and through it she explored a variety of themes related to her eventful life, focusing on issues of war and the environment.
 
In the book, written by Ingrid’s son Klaus, that accompanies the exhibition and tells the story of the artworks, the artist recalls long periods of near-starvation when ‘women became hyenas’ in their search for food for themselves and their families. These privations and other challenges, as well as rare small personal triumphs, are illustrated in the intricately stitched, painted, appliqued, woven and bleached works, in which the use of colour, materials and sometimes words evoke deep emotional responses from the viewer.
 
“It was astounding to discover how much suffering our mother had endured in her childhood yet managed to conceal from my siblings and me during ours – we only discovered this chapter of her life many years later, in her emotive art,” says Klaus Piprek. “The experience must have brought some closure for her, and some satisfaction that she could contribute in a small way towards alleviating the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees through proceeds of the book.”
 
The exhibition will be opened by Max du Preez. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Krakow, Poland, specifically for Ukrainian refugees.

VENUE:

RK CONTEMPORARY DE WATERKANT
Address: Dixon Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Gallery Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 9H30 - 15H00. Fridays 9H30 - 14H00. Saturdays 9H30 - 14H30




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