OPENING AT GOODMAN GALLERY JOHANNESBURG ON 22 AUGUST 2015 AT 11AM
22 AUGUST – 19 SEPTEMBER 2015
History after apartheid is the first solo exhibition by Haroon Gunn-Salie at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg.
The exhibition throws light on a transitional contemporary South Africa defined by the history of colonialism and apartheid, in a fractious global context of violence, radicalism and neo-colonialism.
The exhibition presents new work in the form of a major interactive installation titled History after apartheid. Works from two additional series’ will elaborate on site-specific intervention, public art, and dialogue based collaboration.
A homage commemorating Imam Haron, assassinated in police custody in 1969, and titled Amongst Men is created in collaboration with his wife Galiema Haron and Fatiema Haron-Masoet. This work exposes the stories of the women who continued his legacy.
Soft Vengeance addresses the psychology of memorialisation and presents the seemingly insurmountable grip the colonial West still has on Africa. The evocative works are based on casts of the ‘bloodied’ hands of statues of Jan Van Riebeek, Bartholomew Dias and Cecil John Rhodes, in Cape Town, and Carl von Brandis and Paul Kruger in Johannesburg. Haroon Gunn-Salie was born in 1989 in Cape Town, and is currently based between Cape Town and Johannesburg. He was an active participant in the local contemporary art scene while completing his BA Hons in sculpture at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012. Gunn-Salie’s collaborative art practice translates community oral histories into artistic interventions and installations.
His multidisciplinary practice utilises a variety of mediums, drawing focus to forms of collaboration in contemporary art based on dialogue and exchange. Gunn-Salie was placed in the top five of the Sasol new signatures competition in 2013. His work was selected to form part of Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89-plus project, and Gunn-Salie participated in 89-plus programme with Obrist at the 2014 Design Indaba.
In 2015, Gunn-Salie’s work was selected to feature on major international exhibitions including Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, at the Vitra Design Museum, the 19th Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc Videobrasil and What Remains is Tomorrow, the South African Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia.
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