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From March 9, the NSA will host an exhibition by Clinton De Menezes, an artist living and working in Durban. This will be Clinton’s fifth solo exhibition and it will comprise a selection of work completed for the course requirements of his Master Degree at the Durban Institute of Technology Fine Art Department.

During the past couple of years Clinton De Menezes has established himself as one of the foremost young artists living in Durban. He has presented work on numerous group exhibitions nationally and participated in collaborative performances internationally. His multi-media works investigate the concepts of location, identity and purpose, with particular reference to the dynamics and politics of South African space.

In the theoretical component of his Masters degree research, he investigates how the representation of the landscape has changed, from its colonial inception in the 18th century to the post-colonial present. In this colonial history, the competition for land and space has become synonymous with conflict, power and control. In South Africa’s post-colonial present, the re-mapping of the physical landscape from four colonial provinces into nine post-colonial provinces, has led to a new awareness in understanding and redefining the politics of South African space.

In his installation, Clinton De Menezes explores these tensions by inviting the viewer to embark on a journey through the gallery, which will be transformed into a space akin to an oversized board game. The work plays out the tensions between ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ space through an interrogation of the specific South African context.

“This exhibition critically investigates our past as it challenges our future,” says Clinton De Menezes. “It maps a non-linear path through our historical, physical and metaphoric geographies. These geographies define the place where we as a culture, of South Africans, exist. “

The exhibition opens at the NSA Gallery on March 9 at 18h00 and runs until March 28. Sponsorship was received from from Maizey Plastics, Laser Junction and Stepping Stone Press.




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