The South Africa Pavilion - Candice Breitz Mohau Modisakeng

The South Africa Pavilion - Candice Breitz Mohau Modisakeng


Dal 13 Maggio 2017 al 26 Novembre 2017


Luogo: Biennale Arsenale

Indirizzo: Aesenale

Curatori: Lucy MacGarry, Musha Neluheni

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The South African Department of Arts and Culture has appointed Connect Channel to organise the South African pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. It is a pleasure to announce that Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng will represent South Africa at the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event. Breitz and Modisakeng will present a major, two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy.
This exhibition will be the first Venice Biennale project presented by Connect Channel. 

Christine Macel, Artistic Director of the 57th International Art Biennale, has outlined a curatorial framework emphasising the important role artists play in inventing their own universes and injecting generous vitality into the world we live in. In response to the Biennale’s theme, the South African Pavilion exhibition will invite viewers
to explore the artist’s role in visualising and articulating the notion of selfhood within a context of global marginalisation. What is it to be visible in everyday life, yet invisible and disregarded at the level of cultural, political or economic representation? Placing new works by Breitz and Modisakeng in dialogue, the exhibition will reflect
on experiences of exclusion, displacement, transience, migration and xenophobia, exploring the complex socio- political forces that shape the performance of selfhood under such conditions. 

“The team we have assembled brings together Connect as an experienced local production company, accomplished curators and a proven project management company with first-hand experience of the Biennale. Our collective goal is to spearhead a new approach to the South African Pavilion in 2017 by presenting the work of two leading, South African artists and to leverage social and popular media to enhance local, public engagement with the South African Pavilion. We would like to thank the Department of Arts and Culture for the confidence they have shown in Connect.”
– Connect CEO, Basetsana Kumalo 

“We are truly thrilled that Breitz and Modisakeng will be representing South Africa. Breitz’s photographs and multi-channel video installations offer nuanced studies of the structure of identity under global capitalism, while Modisakeng employs a highly personal language to express ideas about his own identity and the
body. This marks the first time that Modisakeng and Breitz will be shown alongside each other in the context of a significant exhibition.”
– Curator, Lucy MacGarry 

Connect has appointed Beathur Mgoza Baker to manage communications, host local events and leverage social and popular media to enhance public engagement with the South African Pavilion. As a company, Connect is engaged in improving access and exposure to the creative industries and reflecting local realities in the content they produce. Connect is confident that our country’s Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale will be the best articulation and reflection of contemporary thought and visual art produced in South Africa today. 

Mohau Modisakeng is based in South Africa. His award- winning and internationally exhibited photography, film, performance and installation work forms a personal and idiosyncratic exploration of a local narrative. Informed by a coming of age during our country’s violent political transition, his practice grapples with black male identity, body and place within a post-apartheid context. Modisakeng presents critical responses to ideas of nationhood, leadership, inequality and migrant labour that manifest visually as poignant moments of grieving and catharsis central to the current lived experience of contemporary South Africans.    Candice Breitz is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for her moving image installations. Throughout her career, she has explored the dynamics by means of which an individual becomes him or herself in relation to a larger community, be that community the immediate community that one encounters in family, or the real  and imagined communities that are shaped not only
by questions of national belonging, race, gender and religion, but also by the increasingly undeniable influence of mainstream media such as television, cinema and popular culture. Most recently, Breitz’s work has focused on the conditions under which empathy is produced, reflecting on a media-saturated global culture in which strong identification with fictional characters and celebrity figures runs parallel to widespread indifference to the plight of those facing real world adversities.