TAKING A STAND curated by Sarie Potter

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Artwork above by James Nilsen-Misra “Constant Reminder” 2018 Acrylic on canvas

TAKING A STAND is Sarie Potter’s third curated offering to Joburg Fringe, showcasing new work by Wonder, James Nilsen-Misra and Brett Seiler that is bold, courageous and irreverent.
The title ‘TAKING A STAND’, which alludes to the photographic practice of taking a photograph, refers more specifically to that significant moment of living: the time to spring into action.

Artists about their work

Wonder ” I am a painter. I have, stored in my mind, countless image-elements gathered over the years in the many spaces where I have lived. How and when I use them is the challenge!”

Brett Seiler “How do you make 4 gay men sit on a chair? – You turn it upsidedown.”
Brett Charles Seiler, b 1994 in Zimbabwe. Currently living and working Cape Town, South Africa.

James Nilsen-Misra
Constant Reminder #s 1-5
James’ surfaces offer a subtlety of indistinct form. Revealing and concealing studio installations. Intrigued by the shadowed memory of the archive, here the Kallenbach/Gandhi gay myth of petroleum jelly on a mantle shelf near the bed as a “constant reminder” of Kallenbach having taken complete possession of his body.
* See the full letter from Gandhi to Kallenbach in Gandhi/Kallenbach Correspondence. 1994 New Delhi Publication Division, Government of India, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Vol. 96, p28-9.

Biography:

SARIE POTTER (Hons curatorship UCT) was born and raised in Johannesburg, she is a freelance itinerant photographic and picture researcher with a keen interest in image archives.
In 1997 she established South Photographs (the successor to the legendary Afrapix that provided a unique conduit of photography to world media during apartheid South Africa), which she directed until 2004 when the collection moved over to digital format. During the period 1999–2015 she undertook research for David Goldblatt on topics relating to photographic projects that he had carried out or planned to undertake. She spent the better part of 2011 sorting out and giving structure to the 30-year archive of photographer Guy Tillim. In 2013 Iziko South African National Gallery commissioned her to archive their collection of photographs by Struan Robertson taken over a period of 61 years, while completing her honours degree in curatorship at the University of Cape Town. In 2014 she archived and catalogued the life-work of painter Brain Bradshaw.
Over the past 11 years Sarie has worked on the Joburg Fringe in a variety of capacities, notably as curator (2013 and 2014) and director (2016). This year Sarie project managed The African Choir 1891 Re Imagined – An installation of twenty photographic portraits of the original members of the Choir re-discovered in London after 125 years, the installation was accompanied by a multi-channel music recording presented by Autograph ABP in partnership with composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi and curated by Renée Mussai.

She is the chair of the Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town and a member of their selection team for exhibitions held at that gallery.

Over the past 11 years Sarie has contributed to the Joburg Fringe in a variety of capacities, notably as curator (2013 and 2014) and director (2016).

Web site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarie-potter-086093162/

WORKS:


Artist: Wonder Title: Lanterns (Chinese), 2018 Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Artist: Wonder Title: Untitled, 2017 Medium: Acrylic on linen
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Artist: Wonder Title: Shelter, 2018 Medium: Oil and acrylic on linen
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Artist: Wonder Title: Plantation, 2016 Medium: Oil and acrylic on linen
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Artist: Wonder Title: The Yard State (detail), 2018 Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Artist: Wonder Title: Bliss, 2018 Medium: Acrylic on linen
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Artist: James Nilsen-Misra Title: Constant reminder #1, 2018 Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Artist: James Nilsen-Misra Title: Constant Reminder #2, 2018 Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Artist: James Nilsen-Misra Title: Constant Reminder #5, 2018 Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Artist: Brett Seiler Title: Tell me of a time you love someone, 2018 Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas
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Artist: Brett Seiler Title: Gay Jesus, 2018 Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas and Vaseline
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Artist: Brett Seiler Title: Chair Sitter, 2018 Medium: Ink on chiffon and Prep
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Artist: Brett Seiler Title: Suicide, 2018 Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas
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Artist: Sarie Potter Title: , Medium:
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