Thank you Paris!

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Installation view Booth B12 with Deepest Darkest Gallery

A huge thank you to Deepest Darkest Art Gallery for representing my work at the AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art Fair in Paris, France!

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Clear skies in Paris

Also a big thank you to everyone who visited the booth and responded to my work! Much appreciated.

Image courtesy of the gallery
image courtesy of the gallery
Installation view Image courtesy of the gallery
Deon Redman From Deepest Darkest Gallery talking about my work at the AKAA art fair

All images courtesy of the gallery

Sydney Contemporary 2022

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I am happy to announce that “A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest” will be on exhibition with MContemporary gallery booth H06 at this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair!

Installation view at the fair courtesy of the gallery

for more info please email louise@mcontemp.com or visit the Giant at the gallery booth during the fair.

Hannalie Taute A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest (family friendly) 119 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

The guests enjoyed watching you

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Hannalie Taute The guests enjoyed watching you (family entertainment) 84 x 119 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

Or rather let’s hope they did 😉 Who is watching who anyway?

Family meeting at MContemporary comes to a close on Saturday 6 August 2022 – a big thank you to everyone who visited the gallery and took time out of their busy schedules to view the exhibition, as well as those of you who visited the exhibition online page!

Also a big thank you to team – MContemporary for hosting the show! Much appreciated. For more info about this exhibition feel free to contact louise@mcontemp.com

and last but not least, thank you to my family and friends for the support and believing in me! You are the best xxx

What’s love got to do with it? … In celebration of World Embroidery day 2022

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I thought it fitting to celebrate World Embroidery day with “What’s love got to do with it (Family Business)” which forms part of my solo exhibition: Family Meeting at MContemporary gallery!

Hannalie Taute What’s love got to do with it (Family business) 84 x 119 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

Textile reflects our world; embroideries can show the
expressions of our time. Embroidery and textiles can focus
on the social injustices between countries.
By the means of embroidery we can draw attention to the necessity of
engaging in the force of textile in global trade and with it in world peace.
Textiles is a power and let us use embroidery as an inspiration for people to
engage in creativity that leads to a better understanding between countries
and between people.
To embroider is a peaceful occupation. It can be traditional made from a common
remembrance, drawn designs, from a pattern, or from your own imagination. You embroider for joy, beauty, decoration and for the creation of identity.
Stitches can be decorative, beautiful, comforting, repeating, healing, telling, pleasurable, rebellious, caressing and perfect.
People embroider out of joy, as a hobby, professionally, for the bare necessities of
life and as an act of freedom. You embroider together with others or in meditative solitude.
We want to acknowledge embroidery as an act of free creativity, which can lead to
free, creative thoughts and ideas. We want to tie our embroidery threads from the privileged northern hemisphere together with stitches that are sewn by embroidering sisters
and brothers all over the world.
We want to be part of a joyfully creative peace movement.”

The quote above comes from the Manifesto by Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the Swedish
Embroiderer’s Guild.

They were also the force behind the initiative of World Embroidery day

The first World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th
July 2011. The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery
Day will spread around the world. Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sake
of Peace, Freedom and Equality.
” quoted from the Manifesto

Happy World Embroidery day everyone! xxx

And there was a joyous reunion!

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Only one month to go until the joyous reunion at MContemporary gallery in Sydney!

My solo exhibition is scheduled to open on the 21st of July 2022, and I can hardly wait!

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Many of the original photographs that make up this body of work are found, sourced or donated by family and friends.

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While many of the photographs were captured here, the scenarios in these rescued and reused images recreate a time and place seemingly devoid of a greater local South African context of that time – idyllic settings and or photo studios.  My adding masks from different cultures is perhaps a re-stitching of a historical narrative where these different cultures ‘meet’ each other in a new time and space/continent.  

With that said in mid-2021 when I started working towards this exhibition I noticed a hashtag on Twitter that caused much mayhem at the time (#familymeeting)

Hannalie Taute And there was a joyous reunion (family reunion) 119 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021

My own experience and expression as a family member is constantly a work in progress.  Working on this body of work, got me thinking about what the word ‘Family’ really means. I also feel that a body of work focussing on the notion of Family is quite relevant due to the fact that a lot of people from all over the world could not get to see their families in real life during 2020 and 2021.

So I started re-creating my own imaginary ‘family meeting’, 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. 

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Postscript:

Inspired by using only the titles of the works as inspiration, I started writing a short story of sorts. (The titles of the works that are going to be part of this exhibition are in bold italic):

Once upon a time, before the year was over, a great joy was announced as the nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest, followed by the good fairies.  There was to be a family meeting; a joyous reunion between the artificial family and the nuclear family, even the family pet was there.  The nuclear family was playing with fire that caused them to be alienated, but at the end, what’s love got to do with it, if you can’t choose your familyThank you for coming said the wicked giants, the guests enjoyed watching you.  The end. 

I have a couple of friends that are going to play a game with me, by writing their own version of this story by using all the titles (in bold above). I will be posting the various interpretations during the weeks to come here on this blog. You are welcome to play along. Feel free to send me your version story.

Until then have fun and keep well. xxx