Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African Art by Anna Douglas
Engaging photography, performance, video and installation, a younger generation shake loose from the epic narrative of race to play with, stage, transcend, celebrate and deconstruct more complex and nuanced subjectivities.
Contrasted with the rarely seen, semi-staged photographs of early twentieth century amateur photographer Alfred Duggan-Cronin and selected visual material from the Apartheid period, Life Less Ordinary conveys the performative nature of racial categorization.
Probing, challenging, poetical, and at times hilarious and uncomfortably satirical, these works create space for a more enigmatic palette of subjectivities and feelings to come to the fore: stepping stones to new identities.
Texts by Ash Amin, Anna Douglas, Robert Hart
21.5cm x 21.5cm
Published by Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre 2009