Gallery tour: Kendell Geers | Krištof Kintera
Thursday 20 December, 18:00 – 19:00
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
Haven’t had a chance yet to visit our current exhibitions? Or would you like to learn more about the works on display? On Thursday 20 December, gallery curator Marian Cousijn will give an in-depth tour of both exhibitions and share some of the fascinating stories behind the artworks. She will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and of course wine and snacks will be provided. The tour is free of charge.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the gallery on Thursday 20 December.
Team Galerie Ron Mandos
ABOUT Kendell Geers
Born in May 1968, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Born into a working class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. Running away from the military regime and a six year prison sentence, he escaped to London in 1988 as a political refugee. In 1989 he moved on to New York where he found employ as Richard Prince’s full time assistant. Following the release of Nelson Mandela, Geers returned to South Africa in 1990 to help build the new democracy.
From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes. The raw energy of a Punk attitude is blended with the visceral visionary philosophy of poets like Rimbaud, Blake and Burroughs in an uncanny cocktail of unexpected contrasts.
A European by descent, an African by birth, Kendell Geers work embodies the contradictions of his identity, being both Animist and Mystic, Shaman and Alchemist, Punk and Poet. The warp of popular culture is woven into the weft of poetry, painting, literature and ritual. He uses experience to colour perception, spiritualising matter and materialising spirit, mocking tradition like an iconoclast whilst celebrating history like a Medieval Monk.
Believing that art is as political as it is spiritual, Kendell Geers’ varied practice cannot be simplified, cannot be reduced to cliché or fashion. Working as an artist, musician, designer and writer, his strategies are without compromise because he believes that “Art changes the world – one perception at a time.”