Liminal Hiatus, a curatorial group exhibition featuring over 30 local artists, recently opened at GalleyOne11
inLoop Street, Cape Town and will run until 31 March.Reflecting on a full year of life in a state of flux, which the pandemic has thrust the world into, the showunpacks the interchangeability of familiarity and strangeness, during radical periods of personal and sharedcrisis.
“In the wake of the 2nd wave of the pandemic, we are all going through a stage of ‘liminal hiatus’ or living in
suspension… processing, digesting and yet becoming”, says Marita Schneider, owner of GalleryOne11.”Weseem to be at a threshold, where dissonance serves as both muse and catalyst if we allow ourselves to considerthe limitless possibilities of reinvention, and how commonalities can serve us in this endeavour.
“The initial disturbance of the status quo, whilst wrought with uncertainty, provided much-needed time for introspection and analysis of the systems that governed us, the way that we built a society around this, and thedependence on capitalism-at-all-costs. As the dust begins to settle, what remains is a stark realisation that thesesystems might have been flawed to begin with. The exhibition poses the question: Do we want to return to thisformer state of so-called normal?”
Capetonian artist, Kyle Richard Solms, responds to this existential crossroads with the submission of two mixedmedia collages that highlight poverty and displacement as by-products of society’s obsession with comfort andwealth.
‘Roadtrip‘ and ‘Roadkill’, two artworks from his series, ‘The Road’, feature prominently alongside award-winning photographer Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht’s contemporary photography submissions and carrystrong social commentary that speaks to life’s fleeting nature. The work highlights a noticeable increase inwealth disparity, classism, fear and apathy in the post-COVID landscape.
Says Jean Hugo, co -curator of Liminal Hiatus, “Good art, in particular, has a way of drawing us into the presentmoment with it’s magnificent force. It often stops us in our hurried tracks, flaunts it’s potential and leaves usgasping for more of it’s sweet truth-telling serum.”
In a statement that accompanies the artwork, Solms expresses his empathy for the casualties of a complacentsociety:
“Life is about the journey rather than the destination – it has no departure point and no arrival point; the road is endlessand abstract.This series serves as a dissident protest against indulgent notions of “arrival” and “normality” that tend to echofrom those privileged enough to have survived an otherwise crippling global pandemic and yet still call for areturn to a system that served very few.
‘Roadtrip‘ and ‘Roadkill’ are offered up in a satirical, Dadaist ode to the true victims of late-stage capitalism,
those who have been failed by our systems, and those who are no longer on The Road.”The two pieces feature a collage of images captured on 35mm film during level 4 lockdown, where the artistspent time walking through the Mother City and connecting with the homeless after a concerning reportsurfaced about the City of Cape Town’s Standfontein homeless site.
Says Solms, “What always gives me pause is that despite circumstance, those who are well-acquainted with struggle, who are accustomed to unpredictability, and who have little claim to material things tend to retain apragmatic, unassuming outlook on life. There is courage in that vulnerability and true wisdom in staying adaptable and teachable. It is easy to forget the true nature of what society’s endless pursuit of wealth has created. Having the veil stripped from that trajectory has been significant historically. Hopefully, a few yearsdown the road, we will be able to look back at this pivotal year, and say that our priorities shifted for the better.”
The curatorial collaboration between GalleryOne11 and Jeanne Hugo of @Hugo_Modern will run for theremainder of March and is free for the public. Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.
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