Not a Single Story is Nirox Sculpture Park’s Winter Sculpture Exhibition for 2018. Hosted from 12 May to 29 July 2018, the exhibition is a collaboration between the Nirox Foundation, South Africa, and its Swedish counterpart, Wanås Konst, the Wanås Foundation.
The exhibition is the result of a longstanding partnership between the two sculpture parks, and looks at individual artistic practices as overlapping dialogues and it brings forward contemporary concerns and working methods related to sculpture.
The relationship between the Nirox Foundation and Wanås Konst originated five years ago, when Wanås Konst asked Nirox to provide a platform for researching the South African arts scene. The purpose was to exchange knowledge, and to do more than scratch the surface of what was going on, as part of Wanås Konst’s commitment to working with artists from around the world. One outcome was the exhibition Barriers in Sweden in 2015, which six South African-based artists.
Not a Single Story continues this dialogue between the two continents, and is about giving space for multiple perspectives. ‘Being two venues, we also wanted the project to grow out of collaborative efforts; between us, the curatorial team that was put together on site, and the artists engaged,’ says Elisabeth Millqvist. ‘Making new works with artists in the outdoors, whether in the beechwood forest in Sweden or in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Nirox is located, the surroundings will inevitably be an important influence and itself a framework for the exhibition. We decided to let the works by 25 artists, which showcase contemporary issues and practises related to sculpture, be linked by the site and a conceptual concern – that of the story. The story lends itself to a metaphor and carries endless possibilities.’
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie concludes in her talk: ‘When we reject the single story, when we realise that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.’
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