HABITAT

An exhibition of new works by

MBALI MDLULI

 

ROOM Gallery Hall 1 & 2

03.09 - 29.10.2016

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PRESS RELEASE

We are pleased to announce the second solo presentation of new works by Mbali Mdluli with ROOM.

 

The works presented reflect on the artists’ sustained concern with the dimensions of photography and the medium’s lassitude in the face of a lived experience.

 

In this latest body of work, the artist expands on the versatility of her oeuvre. In the choice of using discarded magazines, Mdluli elaborates on her fragmented experiences of the everyday. By constructing imagined landscapes the artist’s use of horizontal lines portrays the tensions that exist in expressing personal events.

 

The personal narrative that informs this latest body of work relates to a moment of displacement that the artist experienced in recent months.

 

From the strewn belongings the artist retrieved a large collection of home décor and design magazines, which she then used as a medium for the creation of this body of work.  In this moment, the artist felt an urgency to cut, rip and tear into them as acts of meditation, to essentially transform them into undulating and contoured images presented as artworks in this exhibition.

 

As such, these works are a result of a deep-seated, angry, dark state. As objects, they function as emotional residue.

 

This shift from the two dimensionality of photography to the materiality of a paper medium is an attempt by the artist to introduce a sculptural sensibility to her evolving process. By constructing imagined landscapes the artist’s use of horizontal lines portrays the tensions that exist in expressing personal events.

 

Join us for the Opening Event: Saturday, 3 September 2016, from 11h00 at ROOM

#blesser : On decks all day > Deejay Medicine, Kutting Keith, Miz Buttons and others

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXHIBITION:

 

Sunday, 4 August 2016: ARTWEEK JOBURG – NEW DOORNFONTEIN

 

9 – 11 September 2016: FNB JOBURG ART FAIR – BOOTH #36 - SANDTON CONVENTION CENTER

 

Saturday, 15 October 2016, Artist walkabout from 11h00 at ROOM

 

Exhibition duration: 03 September - 29 October 2016

WORKING HOURS

 

WED - FRI   11h00 - 16h00

SATURDAY  10h00 - 15h00

CONTACT

+27 (0)11 074 4944 (tel)

 

roomforinfo@roomgallery.co.za

www.roomgallery.co.za

MAP

23 VOORHOUT STREET, (CNR 4TH STREET)

NEW DOORNFONTEIN

JOHANNESBURG, 2094

GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

GPS COORDINATES: -26.19835,28.06413

© 2015 ROOM Space & Projects NPC / Selected Images Courtesy & Copyright of the Artists presented