Welcome to a CONVERSATION between Berni Searle (South Africa) and Vibeke Hermanrud (Norway) on WEDNESDAY 30 October from 18.00 to 19.00 during OSLO WORLD and the exhibition Qui Vive! Part II.
25 years has passed since South Africa introduced democracy, and Nelson Mandela was elected president and started the work on reconciliation and reconstruction. Developments in the country have been cumbersome and fatiguing, and Mandela’s goal of reconstruction and development has been successful to a limited extent. Corruption, violence, gender-based violence, discrimination and xenophobia are some of the negative aspects that characterize South Africa today. Together with artist Berni Searle we want to look at current situation and the role of art in post-Apartheid South Africa.
BERNI SEARLE exhibits two video installations at Kunstplass. Black smoke rising trilogy (2009-10), comprising Lull, Gateway and Moonlight and shown consecutively as single-screen projections was sparked by the rising levels of discontent in the South Africa. An insidious by product of these frustrations played itself out in the brutal wave of attacks against foreigners in 2008. The double screen projection Mute is a response to these xenophobic attacks. In 2019 it is 25 years since Apartheid fell, but South Africa is still characterized by racism and segregation. Born in in Cape Town in 1964, Berni Searle works with photography and the moving image. Often, but not exclusively, using herself in her work, she performs for the camera, producing works that explore issues of self-representation, the relationship between personal and collective identity and narratives connected to history, memory and place. Berne Searle is an international renowned artist born in Cape Town with an impressive bio including Venice Biennale, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum and numerous awards.
Read more about the exhibition trilogy here: http://www.kunstplass5.no/utstillinger/2019_quivive/3_quivive_2019.html
Kunstplass is for the second year in a row collaborating with Oslo World Music Festival. The two internationally renowned artists Berni Searle (South Africa) and Shi Tou (China) are this year’s Oslo World’s festival artists at Kunstplass.
Image at top: FROM THE ‘BLACK SMOKE RISING’ SERIES | 2009 | HD VIDEO PROJECTION, SINGLE CHANNEL | 7 MIN 33 SECS