ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Stringendo by Silvia B. and the exhibition ENDABENI by Mohau Modisakeng.

Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybride figures which she presents in a wide range of settings. Stringendo — a musical term that indicates the retained speeding up the pace — shows her latest extremely realistic sculptures of vulnerable young dancers, which are attractive and repulsive at the same time. A duality that stems from the way people behave according to so called civilized codes, but at the same time is still driven by its instinctive fears and desires. read more >>

Modisakeng (SA, 1986) is one of the most promising young South—African artists today. In his work, he uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history on how we understand our cultural, political and social roles as human beings. Represented through film, large—scale photographic prints, installations and performance, his images are not direct representations of violence, but powerful yet poetic invocations where the body is transformed into a poignant marker of collective memory. The exhibition will be his first solo presentation in The Netherlands. read more >>

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OPENING Saturday February 27, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm. The artists will be present. 5:30 pm Opening words by Edwin Jacobs (Centraal Museum, Utrecht) in honor of Stringendo by Silvia B.
6:00 pm Special perfomance Ke Kgomo ya moshate, directed by  Mohau Modisakeng; performed by Randy Boadi and Mandela Wee Wee

SIDE EVENT Friday March 18, 2016 | 6-8 pm
House of Makers x Silvia B.
Dancer: Dancer: Clotilde Tran | Choreography: Peter Leung

ABOUT Silvia B.

Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybride figures which she presents in a wide range of settings. Stringendo — a musical term that indicates the retained increase of intensity — shows her latest extremely realistic sculptures of vulnerable adolescent dancers who are struggling with their bindings, strings and wooden parts to grow. The rats that flank the dancers sides, should seem completely inferior, but in the compositions of Silvia B. they have an angelic and pure appearance. The staging of the two complementary characters sums up the drawback of human civilization.

Galerie Ron Mandos presents Stringendo, a new series of sculptures by Silvia B. Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybrid figures; caught between age, gender and culture, between human, animal and doll. In addition to her iconic sculptures she makes drawings, photographs and also curated several projects. Her work is characterized by a constant battle between attraction and repulsion. A duality that comes from her vision of the world, how people behave according to so called codes of civilization and yet are still driven by their instinctive fears and desires.

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ABOUT Mohau Modisakeng

Born in 1986 in Soweto, South Africa
Lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa. Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”

Born in Soweto, an epicentre of black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture, the multi-award winning Mohau Modisakeng is a product of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Mentored by Jane Alexander and predominantly working and training in sculpture, he completed his undergraduate degree in 2009 then completed his Masters degree at the same institution. He was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at Armory Show, New York (2016); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11 and Basel (2011). In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town and SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.

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