Positions Art Fair 2022 – with RKContemporary

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The Positions Art Fair opens today 15 September until 18 September 2022

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I am pleased to announce that RKContemporary gallery will represent my work with a solo booth during the fair.

Installation view courtesy of the gallery
Visit booth E01 at Positions Berlin

Besides some older work,

studio view

more recent works will also be available for example Struwwelpeter and Paulinchen which were inspired by the book Der Struwwelpeter (an 1845 German Children’s book written by Heinrich Hoffman) :

Rubber Struwwelpeter 2022
Inspiration: page from the book Der Struwwelpeter
Paulinchen 2022
Inspiration from Der Struwwelpeter

as well as new larger works for eg Mut(t)i (which is a play on the words ‘Mutti” meaning ‘mommy’ in German as well as “muti” which is a word that in South African context refers to traditional African medicine or magical charms) :

Mut(t)i 2022 photographic print, rubber and thread, 119 x 84 cm

Meet The lovely princess Candlewick – she is ‘feuer und flamme’ to be at the fair;-):

The lovely princess Candlewick Photographic print, thread and rubber 2022 119 x 84 cm

and some new smaller works:

A real boy was swallowed by the princess 2022 Hannalie Taute thread rubber and photographic print 385 x 318 mm

Let’s hope ‘everyone ‘ will be charmed!

The boys were taught to charm everyone 384 x 318 mm 2022 Vintage photograph, rubber and thread

For more info visit the booth at the fair or send and email to receive a catalogue : art@rkcontemporary.com

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

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

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!