Eugenics is a Greek word which roughly translates as “Well bred”. Eu = good, genes = born.
“The first person to use photography for the purpose of publicizing and promoting eugenics was Charles Darwin’s half cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911). The founder of modern eugenics movement, Galton defined eugenics as ‘the science of improving stock, which is by means confined to judicious matings, but which, especially in the case of man, takes cognisance of all influences that tend in however remote degree to give the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing…” (Quoted from www.sciencedirect.com)
I am looking forward to present my latest body of work to you this time next month with gallery .MContemporary in Sydney, Australia.
Watch this space!
In the meantime here is a recent studio selfie just to give you an idea of the scale of my work 😉
Did you know:
“The first photographic portrait of a human was taken in 1893 – it was selfies. A little less than two centuries later, 93 million selfies are taken every day by Android users alone. Researchers recently identified a condition defined by an urge to take selfies and upload them to social media at least 6 times a day. They named it ‘Chronic Selfitis’.”
“Selfies can make us feel present at the expense of being present.” -both quotes by Jonathan Safran Foer.
“The exhibition explores womxn through the work of local artists, either engaging directly with thread, fiber or textile as a medium of expression, or indirectly by referring to the connotations brought forth by the ideas associated with the exhibition title. Loaded with gender connotations and power hierarchies, fiber-based handicrafts such as crochet, embroidery, knitting, macrame, quilting, sewing, or other media referencing ideas and associations to threads provide a fitting platform to examine the roles and representations within and round womxn in our society.” (note from the curators)
Whew, July was a strange month: from billionaires in space, to looting in South Africa and more close to home = a broken appliances as well as a traffic fine. Let’s hope August will be peaceful, calm, and things working out without rushing;-)
August is my birthday month and I am happy to say that some of my older work will be included in an upcoming exhibition which opens on the same day as my birthday! In celebration I will be giving away this ‘Chocolate bunny” from this exhibition to one lucky person.
This group exhibition is called: Thread(ed): Interlacing womxn in the 21st century, to be held at the Association of Arts, Pretoria from 13 August – 4 September 2021
More details to follow later
But here is a sneak peek:
I watched a beautiful movie on Netflix called: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, which was inspired by an article featured in Esquire about Mr Rogers. After I watched the movie, I read the article, and I would like to share the following quote which really moved me with you:
Anyway, back to studio news:
The KKNK festival virtual exhibition Amplifica is still showing until the end of August. Here is a short video featuring the curator Dineke van der Walt talking about it:
and here is a video we made in my studio with the works in question:
That’s a wrap for now. Keep calm and keep warm until next time….