FAR FROM THE SEA, PERHAPS… by Mbongeni Dlamini & Morné Visagie
25 April - 23 May 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday 25 April 18:00 - 21:00
Aerial photograph of Mbuluzi River, Simunye, Swaziland
Diagram of seawater to freshwater ratios
WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce Far From The Sea, Perhaps… a collaborative debut exhibition by artists Morné Visagie and Mbongeni Dlamini.
Dlamini and Visagie approach landscape both as literal subject and social metaphor. Using geography as a focus and filter, the artists grapple with questions of identity, belonging, the worlds they inhabit and the tenuous nature of human relationships.
Far From the Sea, Perhaps… derives its title from Michael Taussig’s seminal text What Colour is the Sacred, and points towards both colour theory and the aftermath of colonial, historical, and social narratives that are at the core of the artists’ inquiry.
This new body of work represents the confluence of the artists’ uniquely intertwined practices. Geographical sites, extrapolated colour fields, and historical archives are the main methods of exploration. Created collaboratively during shared time in Cape Town, South Africa and Mbabane, Swaziland the exhibition presents a series of archival photographs, richly hued monotype prints, and site specific installations. Characteristic of Dlamini and Visagie’s works, Far From The Sea, Perhaps… describes a deep engagement with land, identity and the balance between melancholy and hope.