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

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