Hannalie Taute (b. 1977) started her life’s journey in a small town called Fochville in Gauteng, South Africa.
In 2000, she obtained a National Higher Diploma in Fine Art at PE Technicon (now the NNMU). Nine years ago, she started working with rubber and particularly repurposed rubber inner-tubes, and in 2012 she added embroidery to her list of preferred media.
Her first solo exhibition called Siembamba – let’s play pretend in 2004 was held at the João Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town, and since then, she was part of several group and solo exhibitions. Her current solo exhibition is now showing from 17 April 2021 – 20 May 2021, at Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town.
Taute was a finalist in 2004 for the ABSA l’Atelier exhibition and a nominee for the Fiesta awards in 2012, 2015 and 2017. She received the Kanna Award for best visual art production at the 2014 KKNK Arts Festival for her solo exhibition called Rubber ever after. In 2017 she represented South Africa at the Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennale in the Netherlands.
Her work is part of various private collections as well as the academic collection of UNISA. Taute currently resides and works in Riversdale in the Western Cape.
ARTIST STATEMENT – EUCATASTROPHE
Let me tell you a story… or rather a fairy-tale, magical and mystical, inspired by memories of people and places in found pictures, especially those of brides.
Marriage is often the magical outcome of fairy-tales. The ultimate happy ending of the long suffering heroine and her prince…or the searching prince and the salvation offered by his princess bride. An auspicious union meant to correct all that is wrong and unjust in the world. Happily ever after is the forever-triumph in these tales. But we don’t live in a fairy-tale, do we?…
Creating my own imaginary fairy-tale land, removing the faces and historical identities from these vintage photographs and replacing them with a variety of cultural masks and colourful embroidered flowers, a new fantasy emerges. A world clinging to the need to believe in the magic of innocent aspiration.
“Found’ words from fairy-tale colouring books become the titles of the works, arranged in a chance like manner, which inspired the following you’re about to read:
“ONCE UPON A TIME there was a HAPPY COUPLE. Let’s call them AAPSTREKE and HORMONAL IMBALANCE, and they wanted to get married.
LET US ‘PREY’ (SIC) FOR THEM.
Because HIS ONLY CRIME WAS THAT HE DEARLY LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS.
Suddenly, one of the magnificent dogs appeared. ANYTHING YOU WISH FOR IS YOURS, SAID THE DOG.
So they wished for KINDERS BY DOSYNE. That is how the EVIL CURSE HAD ENDED.
JASON AND MEDEA, LOVED BY THE PEOPLE, LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.”
To view a list of selected exhibitions click here.