Dan Halter and Chris Soal Walkabout at WHATIFTHEWORLD

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to invite you to Dan Halter and Chris Soal’s artist walkabouts at the gallery tomorow, Saturday, 29 June at 11.00.

Halter and Soal will walk us through their current exhibitions, ‘Cross the River in a Crowd’ and ‘Field of Vision’, both of which host sculptural works.

In Dan Halter’s solo exhibition, he returns to his reflections on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Using ubiquitous checkered plastic weave “Ghana Must Go” bags as the central motif, he explores themes of migration, dislocation, and the trading of resources.

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In Chris Soal’s presentation, he centralises his engagement with toothpicks as an artistic material. Soal reviews the value placed on these mass-produced, utilitarian objects – designed to be discarded – to make a commentary on the human condition.

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Chris Soal at MÉCA – Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Chris Soal’s work will be included at the inauguration tomorrow of the new cultural centre for contemporary art, performance arts and literature, MECA, in Bordeaux, France.

“The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution.”

The goal of this collaborative cultural project is to provide the infrastructure to generate creative hybridisation and become a tool for supporting new cultural economies, both for regional and international artistic creation.

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Athi-Patra Ruga at McNay Art Museum

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Athi-Patra Ruga will be featuring in the exhibition, ‘Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today’ at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition will open tomorrow, Thursday June 20th and run until September 15th, 2019.

Transamerica/n is the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance. Transformative, transcendent, and trans-historical, Transamerica/n breaks down conventional boundaries and celebrates a spectrum of gender identity through individual presentation and societal perception. Transamerica/n showcases artists from underrepresented backgrounds in the United States, Mexico, and Canada who are deeply committed to exploring shifting definitions of gender identity and bravely testing the limits of self-expression. The exhibition also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which served as a catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement in the U.S. and around the world.”

Athi-Patra Ruga will be showing alongside artists like Catherine Opie, Keith Haring, Sarah Hill, Nan Goldin and Andy Warhol.

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Thania Petersen and Athi-Patra Ruga at the Ford Foundation

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Thania Petersen and Athi-Patra Ruga are showing in the exhibition, ‘Radical Love’, which opened at the Ford Foundation, New York last week. the show will be on until 17 August, 2019.

“Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, ‘Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.’ The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered.”

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