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BROEIGROND: FERTILE GROUND FOR GOLDEN REGRETS
April 8 @ 9:00 am - 17:00 pm
Artist: Ronél de Jager Medium: Painting / Installation / Multimedia
This body of work stems from a series of paintings done in 2015, inspired by a road trip taken through South Africa, which was not only a physical journey but one of deep contemplation. The series Broeigrond engages with notions of contemplative spaces within the changing South African landscape which arrest the flow of time. They consider time and space and play on the notions of memory as transcendental, ephemeral, and intangible. Traversing unfamiliar spaces, leaving with snapshots of lives alien yet strangely recognisable, real yet illusory in their fleetingness, De Jager attempts to capture and segment the physical landscape with paintings of these fleeting moments. Along this road trip, De Jager collected flora from the Karoo landscape, saved them in containers where they aged and dried out. This flora represents the biota of a specific landscape, period, and people; reflecting its history and all the acts of greed and feelings of fear embedded within. Beginning as a photographic process of experimentation, De Jager, uses infrared photography to investigate the characteristics of the landscape and found flora. These are then re-interrogated in her studio as she translates this into paintings and multimedia works. These images are painted as part of a meditative process of ‘searching’, contemplating these notions of fear and greed tugging at our landscape and its people. “I found myself immersed in the journey of a people who search for redress and hope for belonging – revisiting memories, harbouring regrets and unrelenting privilege. These notions of fear and greed tug at our landscape and its people.” – Ronél de Jager
Free | 480 min | Prince Vintcent-gebou | Daily from 09:00