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CAROL-ANNE GAINER (article first published : 2004-04-23)

Hosted from April 28 by the NSA in its Main, Mezzanine & Multimedia Rooms, Carol-anne Gainer's exhibition Pale focuses on re-presentation. Central to her concerns is her sense of relationship to place or land whilst at the same time exploring norms around the constructed body. The exhibition will consist of digital prints, video installations and projections.

To be "beyond the pale" is to move beyond the boundary of societal expectations. Working with images of her dogs, Gainer creates videos where she contests boundaries of difference - intersecting them, crossing them, producing hybrid forms that affront or confound, calling for a reassessment of expectation.

The installations within which she often situates the videos are a construction. Referencing stage sets and temporary sites they expose sections of an artificially created world. A neatly wallpapered corner of a room, for instance, will reveal its temporary nature from behind. Signalling the domestic, the demure and the supposed security of middle-class homes within the European tradition these spaces are, instead of private, exposed to the public eye, instead of secure presented as transitory, instead of authentic they are clearly simulated.

Gainer regularly exhibits in Durban at the NSA and the Durban Art Gallery. She has also exhibited in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town and in 2002 she was selected for Outpost II, a travelling exhibition of contemporary art from KZN exhibited at Stellenbosch University Gallery. She was also an invited participant in Violence/Silence a PULSE project organised by Greg Streak seen in Durban and Nieu-Bethesda.

In 2002 she was part of a two-person show in Washington D.C. Later this year she will participate in a UNESCO studio residency in Columbia, South America. Gainer is currently registered as a Masters student at the Durban Institute of Technology and the show will constitute her Master's exhibition.

The exhibition opens at 18h00 on April 28 and runs until May 16.




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