AKAA Art Fair with Deepest Darkest Art Gallery

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I am delighted to announce that Deepest Darkest Art Gallery will represent a new body of work at this year’s AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art Fair in Paris France this year.

Hannalie Taute The tailor stood in front of a tree 2022

I work primarily with the captured image by utilizing vintage photographs sourced from flea markets and even from my own family archives, which are used as is, or blown up to a larger scale as can be seen here.

Hannalie Taute The people gathered to watch as…Beautiful music filled the room

There is a tension in using family photographs because their purpose is sentimental, functional, personal and therefore not usually considered as art objects. By replacing the faces with embroidered rubber masks from different cultures, these vintage photographs become mysterious objects of preservation

Hannalie Taute “Who lives here” asked the beautiful Princess

“Appearances are a construction, a merging from the debris of all that has previously appeared” John Berger

Hannalie Taute “Last night I was kissed by oh, so handsome a man” said the princess 2022

Gary Edson in his book: Masks and masking wrote “The history of early humans continues to be discovered in the symbols, images and myths that have survived and masks are an important part of the process”

Hannalie Taute Noble boys grew to be wise and strong 2022

The masks are a disguise.  It is a method of hiding the identity of an individual for purposes of transformation as can be seen in the work titled: Three noble boys grew to be wise and strong.

Hannalie Taute The puppets bought a ticket for a puppet show 2022

In the work:  The puppets bought a ticket for the puppet show. These portraits, by losing their original identities, have the chance to become something different. They tell a story of distant colonies and traditions taken across continents to an unknown land populated by, in this case, puppets.

These discarded remnants of the past are reworked, and the treatment of these remnants are at times ghoulish and macabre, for example “Thank you for saving my life said the wicked cat” where I used a photograph of my mother in law as a child and We both love cats.  The lace like skull (constructed from discarded doillies – by the way a doillie is a small ornamental mat made of lace or paper or thread and are usually put on a plate under cakes or other sweet food.  ) This work is perhaps symbolic of the end of youth and a look at my own mortality.

Hannalie Taute “Thank you for saving my life” said the wicked cat

Text used as titles, are like the photographs – found, reconfigured and appropriated as a narrative. I am interested in how simply changing the text underneath an image can radically altered the image’s message.

The combination of text and photos gives me freedom to make relationships between words cut from vintage colouring books and found photographs as well as my own embroidered masks inspired by African, and other cultural masks.

Fairy tales and characters from stories are a theme that goes back to some of my earliest works – like these doll like rubber works that can be seen here:

A MOO-dy girl

So if you find yourself in Paris from tomorrow 21 October 2022- 23 October 2022, please pop in at Booth B12 Carreau du Temple, 4 Rue Eugene Spuller, Paris, to view the works in the flesh!

I wish you a good Knight – I mean night 😉

A good Knight

p.s if you can not make it to Paris, feel free to register your interest with the gallery by sending an email to info@deepestdarkestart.com

“Diversity”

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“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry. And we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour.” – Maya Angelou

Diversity Fiber Art Exhibition curated by Dal Botha is an extraordinary satellite exhibition of the South African Quilt Festival featuring artists from across South Africa.

So I am happy to announce that my work “The sly fox a cat and a fish magically appeared’ is included in this exhibition

The sly fox a cat and a fish magically appeared 2022 photographic print, thread and rubber 122 x 87.5 cm Hannalie Taute

This exhibition can be viewed from the 5th of October 2022 until the end of January 2023 at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.

invitation
detail

for more info please contact Dal Botha at dalbotha@netscape.net

Thank you for coming said the wicked giants

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It is a cold rainy day here in Riversdale, South Africa, and I was lying in bed drinking my morning cup of coffee, thinking how on the other side of the globe, people hopefully turned up for the official opening of my solo exhibition at MContemporary gallery in Sydney Australia!

Hannalie Taute Thank you for coming said the wicked giants (family matters) 119 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

So thank you for coming said the Wicked Giants (family matters) ! I hope you enjoyed the family meeting!

detail “Thank you for coming said the wicked giants

I also hope the family members behaved themselves at the opening 😉

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

but for those of you, like myself, who couldn’t be there, I will post some more photos and installation shots during the course of the exhibition. Please stay tuned.

Installation view courtesy of the gallery

How Abra-Cadaver saved the Wicked Cat

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Once upon a time (round-a-bout 2016), in Stellenbosch, South Africa; Abra-Cadaver the Stink Afrikaner:

Abra-Cadaver-Stink Afrikaner 2016- exhibited during the Woordfees in Stellenbosch (destroyed)

was waiting and thinking, until “Minutes to Midnight” in 2018:

Minutes to midnight 2018 (destroyed)

meanwhile- “it is hard to take a nap with a dragon on your lap”.

“It is hard to take a nap with a dragon on your lap 2021 Photographic print on canvas, thread and rubber (destroyed)

which of course did not work out, but luckily today, the cat can finally say to Abra-Cadaver:

“Thank you for saving my life, said the wicked cat” 2022 Photographic print on board, thread and rubber

Thank you for saving my life said the wicked cat 2022 Photographic print on board, thread, doillies and rubber 122 x 85 cm framed

The end.

Thanks for visiting Dagdromer (studio exhibition)

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from left to right: Nadine Hansden, Nicole Hein, myself and Marelise Visser

Our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who came to our open studio exhibition on Friday and Yesterday.

Much appreciated!