THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2009
*EXCEPT 2 - 9 NOVEMBER WHEN THE
EXHIBITION WILL BE CLOSED FOR LUSTRE
GALLERY OPENING TIMES
Please note: Some of the images in
the exhibition include adult content and are unsuitable for children.
Life Less Ordinary considers fictions of categorization and difference - be it the idea of race, nationhood, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or belonging -explored by an extraordinary range of contemporary artists from South Africa.
Nowhere more so than in South Africa has the idea, politics and policies of difference been more tragically exercised. Nearly 15 years after the first democratic
elections (and the creation of the world’s most inclusive constitution) daily life there
is still, perhaps surprisingly, shaped by race-based dynamics and explanations, albeit differently transposed.
Life Less Ordinary brings together works of photography, performance, film and installation by a younger generation wishing to shake loose from the epic narrative of race to play with, stage, transcend, celebrate and deconstruct more complex and nuanced subjectivities.
Contrasted with the rarely seen
photographs of early-20th century
amateur photographer Alfred Duggan- Cronin - whose semi-staged works convey as much of the photographer’s own ‘native fantasies’ as any anthropological actuality - and selected archive Apartheid material, the performative nature of racial
categorization is also implied.
This timely exhibition of challenging, poetical, and at times hilarious and uncomfortably satirical works creates space for a more enigmatic palette of
subjectivities and feelings to come to the fore: stepping stones to new identities.
Life Less Ordinary has been curated for the Djanogly Art Gallery by Anna Douglas. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
All the lectures and talks are free but space is limited so please book in advance by calling the Lakeside Box Office on 0115 846 7777.
Image Opposite: ‘…naivety of Beiruth 1’ 2008. Athi-Patra Ruga. Courtesy Brodie/Stevenson