Malala Andrialavidrazana plays with boundaries in general and more particularly with the passages existing between anthropology, contemporary art and architecture. Intellectual Property is an exhibition about creative partners collaborating to present something unique and inspirational.
ECHOES (from Indian Ocean)
French artist of Malagasy origin, Malala Andrialavidrazana was born in 1971, and has lived in Paris since 1983.
Playing with boundaries in general and more particularly with the passages existing between anthropology, contemporary art and architecture, Malala Andrialavidrazana is interested in the diversity of expressions of identity in a world dominated by mass communication and a uniformity more and more pronounced. Her candid images have progressively taken place not amidst the decor of megacities charged with history, but in places where the vestiges of the past are lost in the strata of a modern and invading urbanity. Sometimes declined in the form of classic prints on paper or mounted on screen, sometimes revisited in the form of photocollage or backlit pieces, they impose no situation but propose an open frame which lets the imagination roam. Nevertheless, these images suggest a regard toward the research of both an authenticity and an intimacy with the city, attaching themselves to scenes of life or urban details, where people and places are given their meaning.
Her pictures were awarded the 2004 Prize of the HSBC Foundation for Photography.
Malala Andrialavidrazana is represented by the baudoin lebon gallery, Paris.
The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are an initiative conceived and facilitated by the governments of the two countries to give the people of France and South Africa an opportunity to understand each other better through cultural, scientific, sport, education and business engagement.
The French Season in South Africa runs from June to November 2012 and comprises more than 100 exhibitions, performances, film screenings, literary events, workshops, conferences and round tables.
The South African Season in France will take place in the second half of 2013.
Intellectual Property is an exhibition about creative partners collaborating to present something unique and inspirational. It is an opportunity for creatives in the broad "craft" sector to show the public that they can produce work that blurs the lines between functional and conceptual art. Things of beauty that serve a purpose, but also make a statement as pieces of art.
Umcebo Design, in the course of their daily work, collaborate and work with a wide variety of Durban creatives. The idea of this exhibition is for artists and crafters to work, collaborate and exhibit at a gallery level. Together we are stronger, and the work we can show becomes more interesting. In this way we can make work that shows that South Africans need to also consider the wealth of local skills and talent, when they decorate their homes, offices and public spaces. We have chosen as our key motif the image of a tree made by Wendy Chatterton of Ukhamba Craft in collaboration with Umcebo Design. This work represents the spirit and intention of our exhibition. It is about work made between organizations, in a spirit of creativity, sharing and mutual enjoyment. Please share in and enjoy the work of "Intellectual Property", which is a creative celebration of work from: Crushed Lemon, DUT Work Integrated Learning Fine Art Students, HIVAN (UKZN) and the Ubunye Crafters, Mandy Brockbank, Refugee Social Services, Umcebo Design; Wendy Chatterton and the Ukhamba Crafters and Woza Moya.
Image: Malala Andrialavidrazana, ECHOES (from Indian Ocean) - RU5061. UltraChrome pigment inks on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, 80 x 110. Courtesy baudoin lebon, Print : 1/5
Opening: 31 July 2012, 6pm
KZNSA - KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts
166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban