HERE WE

 

DOROTHEE KREUTZFELDT

 

13.02 - 02.04.2016

Installation View, HERE WE by Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

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PRESS RELEASE

HERE WE* opened on 13 March with the video and sound projection of ‘At the End of August’**,

a collaboration with pianist Jill Richards and video-artist Jurgen Meekel. The video is based on footage filmed with artist Simon Gush at August House in 2014, and on-site recordings by Richards.

 

The exhibition includes an ongoing re-configuration of the gallery spaces in the form of paintings, installations, walks and incidental events.

 

In the process ROOM will become partly inhabited as a studio, with the aim of inviting collaborations and interruptions.

 

HERE WE is approached as a series of propositions or situations, a way to try and figure how to view, think, and engage with a particular situation or context, with temporality, and the idea of collectivity. Visual recordings of the area surrounding Ellis House, paintings, and other objects will enter and exit as part of the set up within the exhibition space.

 

 

At Ellis House two security guards are stationed during the day, one at night. The entrances of the building next door are bricked up.

 

J.D. Ellis was a city councillor who ‘made available 13 acres of land for Ellis Park stadium’ in 1928. The stadium is now named Emirates Airline Park and hosts the Golden Lions Rugby Union. Trees planted in the area in 2010 include ‘fever trees, river bushwillows, yellow woods and monkey thorns’

– you will find a few palms. There are weekly prayer meetings at the Eglise Trone de la Grace, one of the churches on Voorhout St. In the courtyard of Mitre Veneering up the road, a table lies on its side. Uncertain how many people live here. The spaces we inhabit may feel less complicated on a Sunday.

 

'seeking a tree that I can settle on' ('On Distances', W.M. Serote)

 

* The title ‘HERE WE’ is quoted off the back of a jacket bought at a clothing store in China Mall, Crown Mines (R 250)

 

** ‘At the End of August’ was an event staged with artists at August House on End Street in Doornfontein, 2014, sometime after the building had been sold and tenants were asked to move. The building was planned to be turned into residential housing units but this was never realized. Artists and tenants moved again into the building in the same year, forming new collectives. Video and sound material of the vacant studios collected in between these moves trace a brief moment or imagined pause in the life of the building. It includes footage of the Millenium Bar, a collaborative project by Bettina Malcomess.

 

 

With thanks to Jill Richards, Jurgen Meekel, Simon Gush, Winston Buthelezi, Gontse More, Marie Fricout, Eugene Botha, Nontobeko Ntombela, Francis Burger, Kadiatou Diallo, Joanne Bloch, Tshepang Ramoba, Joao Orrecchia, Trent Wiggle, Andrew Wessels, Mingwei Huang, WITS School of Arts, and the Millennium Bar.

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXHIBITION:

 

Sunday, 28 February 2016: Artist Walkabout

Sunday, 20 March 2016: Walk in Ellis Park and New Doornfontein

March 2016: ROOM Carpet Series/Conversations (tbc)

Saturday, 2 April, 6pm: Closing Event

WORKING HOURS

 

WED - FRI   11h00 - 16h00

SATURDAY  10h00 - 15h00

CONTACT

+27 (0)11 074 4944 (tel)

 

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23 VOORHOUT STREET, (CNR 4TH STREET)

NEW DOORNFONTEIN

JOHANNESBURG, 2094

GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

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