Galerie Judin
Potsdamer Strasse 83
+49 30 39404840
The Beautyful Ones
dal 18/4/2013 al 5/7/2013
tue-sat 11-18, or by appointment

Segnalato da

David Ulrichs

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The Beautyful Ones

Galerie Judin, Berlin

The exhibition takes as its starting point the Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah's utopian lament for a better Africa, and the ongoing problematics of the representation of the continent, especially in the popular European imagination.

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Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kudzanai Chiurai, Georgina Gratrix, Andrew Gilbert, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Gerald Machona, Gerhard Marx, Meleko Mokgosi, Athi-Patra Ruga

In 1968 the Ghana­ian author Ayi Kwei Armah pub­lished a brutal and vis­ceral novel of (then) con­tem­po­rary, post-Inde­pen­dent Ghana, titled “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born”. Armah recounts an unnamed man’s strug­gle in a soci­ety rotten to the core, a result of the after­math of colo­nial­ism, and the fail­ures of the new regime. A dream deferred...

The exhi­bi­tion The Beautyful Ones takes as its start­ing point Armah’s utopian lament for a better Africa, and the ongo­ing prob­lem­at­ics of the rep­re­senta­tion of the con­ti­nent, espe­cially in the pop­u­lar Euro­pean imag­ina­tion. Africa is often per­ceived as a mono­lithic entity, whilst the complexity of its mul­ti­ple real­i­ties, histo­ries, narra­tives and voices are often lost.

For The Beautyful Ones, South African curator Storm Janse van Rensburg has brought together nine young interna­tional artists: Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kudzanai Chiu­rai, Georgina Gra­trix, Andrew Gilbert, Kilu­anji Kia Henda, Ger­ald Machona, Ger­hard Marx, Meleko Mokgosi and Athi-Patri Ruga. Orig­inat­ing from Angola, Botswana, Scot­land, South Africa and Zimbabwe, they are now oper­at­ing, working and liv­ing between many places, but with a common thread link­ing them and aspects of their practice to South­ern Africa. Exemplary of a gen­er­a­tion of con­tem­po­rary artists that are mobile, and whose practices resists easy clas­sifica­tion, the exhi­bi­tion includes a selec­tion of works that connects to the artists’ social and polit­ical real­i­ties, entan­gled with their per­sonal lived expe­r­i­ences.

On the one hand, the exhi­bi­tion might sug­gest that these are ‘The Beautyful Ones’ yearned for by Armah, whilst on the other hand some artists per­haps pre­sents ideas and real­i­ties that ques­tions, if indeed, the dream is not deferred once again.

Image: Athi Patra Ruga: "Deadboyz Auto Exotica Series" 1, 74 x 107 cm, Edition of 5 +2 AP, Photographer: Oliver Kruger
Image courtesy of the artist

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Opening: Friday, 19th April 2013, 18-21

Nolan Judin GmbH
Potsdamer Strasse 83 - 10785 Berlin
Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 – 18.00
or by appointment

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