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The Awesome Womxn exhibition 2019
a group exhibition curated by

Dr Adéle Adendorff

The exhibition will be opened by
Dr Rory du Plessis
on Friday 2 August 2019 at 19h00

Opening
Friday 2 August 2019 from 18h00 to 20h00

Closing Date
Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 15h00

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014) explains in her book, We should all be feminists, that ‘single stories’ curtail and inform our thinking, ‘especially about Africa.’  Adichie urges us to ‘unlearn’ the lessons of our youth and instead foster new narratives where we may all strive to be as we are.

Awesome Womxn is a group exhibition curated by Dr Adéle Adendorff and hosted by the Association of Arts Pretoria in celebration of Women’s Month 2019.

The exhibition aims to make visible alternative, polyvocal and multiple stories around the intersectional category, womxn.  Artworks from thirty artists working with various materials and subjects offer a platform where we may expand our imaginations beyond the normative categories of gender and race to project new possibilities for ourselves and others.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Rory du Plessis who lectures in Visual Culture Studies at the University of Pretoria and is also the co-editor of the accredited journal, Image & Text.

Association of Arts Pretoria
173 Mackie Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk
Tel:  012 346 3100
Pieter van Heerden:  082 774 4390 | Nandi Hilliard: 083 288 5117

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday:  09h00 to 18h00
Saturday:  09h00 to 13h00
Sunday 4 August 2019:  10h00 to 13h00

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Awesome Womxn!

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I’m excited that my work will be included in the “Awesome Womxn” group- exhibition curated by Dr. Adele Adendorff, hosted by the Association of Arts in Pretoria in celebration of Women’s month 2019.

Awesome Womxn series

from the curator:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014) explains in her book, We should all be feminists, that “single stories” curtail and inform our thinking, “especially about Africa.” Adichie urges us to “unlearn” the lessons of our youth and, instead, foster a new narrative where we may all strive to be as we are.

This year’s exhibition is viewed as such an open platform whereby gender, in particular, womxn, are celebrated, questioned, showcased and narrated to offer new, multiple stories of who we are.  The appellation, womxn, is an open-ended and inclusive term that offers alternative narratives for all who identify with the intersectional politics of womxn. The exhibition will be accompanied by a digital catalogue.

Inanna and Pre-Her-Storic

meanwhile … The word “Womxn” made me think of:

The X-men (superheroes) … which made me think of

Manga (Japanese comics)…but actually a “mangled Manga”, since I added animal heads onto the ‘Manga’ inspired bodies of these figures. I also find it noteworthy that the word Manga, contains “man’  (tongue in the cheek, cheekiness)

I decided to work on a series of:

Toys/Dolls…because I thought of …

Simone de Beauvoir:

 “…one is not born but rather becomes a woman”. In childhood there is no difference between the sexes in terms of what they are capable. Differentiation begins when boys are told of their superiority and how they need to prepare for the difficult, heroic path ahead. While pride in his sex is pointed out to him by adults, the girl’s sexual anatomy does not receive the same reverence. Urinating also produces a sexual difference: for the boy it is a game, but for the girl a shameful and inconvenient procedure. Even if a girl has no ‘penis envy’ the presence of an organ that can be seen and grasped helps him to identify himself and it becomes a kind of alter ego. For the girl it is the doll which becomes the alter ego. There is really no “maternal instinct”, de Beauvoir argues, but through play with the doll she ascertains that the care of the children falls on the mother, and “thus her vocation is powerfully impressed upon her.” 

“I deny that they establish for her a fixed and inevitable destiny”. Biology is not reason enough for male/female inequality, or grounds for woman being cast as ‘Other’, and her physicality does not condemn her to remain subordinate. Moreover, while animals can be studied as static organisms, it is much harder to make assessments of people as male or female human beings, since our sex does not define us in the way that it does other animals. 

 

I also looked at Comparitive psychology: Comparative psychology is the study of animals in order to find out about humans. The underlying assumption is that to some degree the laws of behavior are the same for all species and that therefore knowledge gained by studying rats, dogs, cats and other animals can be generalised to humans.

So I used toys from my own collection as a starting point:

I always thought that Bambi was female, but while paging through a book I noticed it’s a he! Also noteworthy is that my youngest son says there is a Bambi book at school, but “its for girls”

So please meet…

Bamboozle – Cotton and acrylic thread, rubber, polyester fiber filling, 61 x 20 x 5cm

BAMBOOZLE (title of the work below) and I like that the word means: to trick or deceive someone, often by confusing them 

No Action Hero – Cotton and acrylic thread, rubber, polyester fiber filling, 41 x 15 x 5 cm

NO ACTION HERO

In Old English sources, the word man was neuter. One of its meanings was similar to the modern English usage of “one” as a gender-neutral indefinite pronoun (compare with mankind (man + kind), which means the human race).

Inanna – Cotton and acrylic thread, rubber, polyester fiber filling, 46 x 13 x 5cm

INANNA

Inanna is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power. She was later worshipped under the name Ishtar. The word Ishtar made me think of Easter hence the bunny(fertility), but Inanna’s most prominent symbol is actually the lion.  Inanna was believed to have stolen the mes, which represented all positive and negative aspects of civilization,

Inanna has become an important figure in modern feminist theory .  Simone de Beauvoir, in her book The Second Sex (1949), argues that Inanna, along with other powerful female deities from antiquity, have been marginalized by modern culture in favor of male deities

Inanna is also an important figure in modern BDSM culture. Author and historian Anne O. Nomis has cited the portrayal of Inanna in the myth of Inanna and Ebih as an early example of the dominatrix archetype, characterizing her as a powerful female who forces gods and men into submission to her.  (source consulted: Wikipedia)

Skunk- a- la – Nancy
Cotton and acrylic thread, rubber, polyester fiber filling, 53 x 17 x 5cm

SKUNK a la NANCY:

Her name is inspired by the band: Skunk Anansie : a “clit-rock” group, which Allmusic clarifies as “an amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage”

and Last but not least:

Pre-Her-Storic:

Pre-Her-Storic
Cotton and acrylic thread, rubber, polyester fiber filling,
32 x 40 x 5cm

The Awesome Womxn group-exhibition opens on the 2nd of August 2019.

 

 

 

 

Four days in the Art World

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So as you know the Turbine Art Fair happened over the weekend from 11 – 14 July 2019…and I would like to share my adventures with you:

Oh my what big wings you have said mini-me

The adventure started on the 10th of July, flying to Johannesburg with my Mini-me companion. Why is she called Mini-Me you might ask, well…

Me and Mini-me

In preparation for the fair I started to re-read the book: Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thorton, and I quote:

“Poe believes that an art fair can be a tough environment for an artist. ‘ If they are any good, they make art because they have to. They don’t do it to please the market. So for some artists, hanging out here can mess with their heads.”

I wanted to test this theory and check it out for myself.

Anyway, I had my first Gautrain experience where i almost got fined for chewing gum, because in all the excitement I did not notice this sign!

Gautrain station

OPENING NIGHT 11/07/2019 (Thursday)

Installation view at the Turbine art fair – opening night. Photo credit: Sherilea Gaspar

On the opening night I wore a rubber hooped skirt and rubber collar, (envisioned by me, but created with the help from the Tailor: William Mills in  Stilbaai.) The headdress I embroidered and made myself. (It used to be the wings of another sculpture that I took apart)

I really love the colour of the wall, which was the idea of the Millennium gallery who represented my work at the fair. I feel it really complimented the work installed.

The opening night was great, and I’ll admit that I felt like some sort of princess at a ball, having a ball 😉 …..(to have a ball. (Enjoy oneself enormously, as in It was a great trip—I had a ball. This idiom uses the noun ball in the sense of “a gala dance.” [ Slang; 1920s])

FRIDAY (open to the public) 12/07/2019

I enjoy dressing up since age 5, and for events like these, i like to wear the medium I make my art with…rubber. So on this day I decided to only wear the rubber crown, but with a rubber collar and some dramatic make-up:

Photographer: Alon Skuy

The photo below was taken in the Millennium gallery booth…who also exhibited the work of Norman Catherine (see the artworks behind me). It was an honor for me that my work was exhibited in the same space as his and also with the work by artist Colbert Mashile (whose work was on the opposite wall)

JULY 12, 2019. Hannalie Taute, , at The Millennium Gallery. RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) Its the 7th edition of the Fair. “RMB TAF, since its inception in 2013, has grown extensively year on year and 2019 will see the most substantial Fair yet in a new location – 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July.” PHOTOGRAPH: ALON SKUY

SATURDAY 13/07/2019

…its time to introduce you to the owner of the Millennium Gallery: Ronel van der Vyfer!

with Ronel van der Vyfer director of the Millennium gallery based in Pretoria

“A great dealer does a good job for the collector but a great job for the artist. A great adviser does a good job for the artist but a great job for the collector.” (another quote from the book: Seven days in the art world.)

SUNDAY 14/07/2019

So on Sunday I wore A blue dress, and fellow artist Zelda Stroud mentioned that outfit reminds her of the “Blourokkies” I was not familiar with this term and she explained it to me, but here is the shortened version found on the internet:

2. colloquial. [Named for the sky-blue uniform of the sect.] A name given to a woman belonging to the Pentecostal ‘Latter Rain’ or ‘Spade Reën’ sect.

[1972 The women..wear a uniform consisting of a sky-blue dress worn well below the knee, with headdress to match…This uniform ensures that they are modestly and neatly dressed, independently of changing fashions.]
In retrospect i find this fascinating, since I wasn’t familiar with this sect, and I’m not religious in this sense,  but funny enough I chose to wear this on a Sunday with a very different headdress than what I can imagine they wore back then 😉
another definition I found is this:

1. Prison slang. rare. [Probably by analogy with Afrikaans bloubaadjie the blue jacket worn in the past by long-term male prisoners (see bloubaadjie).] A female habitual criminal, sentenced to an indeterminate period in goal; this sentence. See also blue-coat sense 1.

1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 7 Oppas they don’t get you. Blourokkie next time they catch you stealing.
The latter definition fits with the helmet I wore (sondebok) 😉
anyway…..

Highlights of the fair include meeting fascinating people ranging from art students, fellow artists, friends, art lovers young and old and of course interesting art collectors:

“It’s not just about buying a piece. Its about buying into someone’s life and where they are going with it.  Its a mutual commitment, which is pretty intense.” – quote from the book: Seven days in the Art World.

One of the interesting art collectors with my work: wild thing. It makes me smile every time I see this image

“Collector should be and earned category. An artist doesn’t become an artist in a day, the same with a collector.  It’s a lifetime commitment and a life process.” quoted from the book: Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thornton.

So there you have it dear friends…I would like to thank each and everyone responsible for making this one helluva unforgettable experience!

I’ll leave you with this quote I found on the internet by Tennessee Williams:

“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”

 

 

 

 

Surreal Sunday Times

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Dear Friends, patrons and fellow bloggers,

I returned home last night after an amazing experience during the annual Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, and hope to share a full update with you soon, but in the mean time I’m still recovering after seeing this article in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper:

The Sunday Times newspaper article 14/7/2019

Thank you to the following people for making the dream reality:

The Sunday Times, Craig Jacobs, John Liebenberg, The Forum Company, RMB Merchant Bank, The Turbine Art Fair,  and of course Millennium gallery

Last but not least, special thanks to everyone who came and said hi during the fair.