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MOVING TARGETS (article first published : 2004-11-2)

The NSA Gallery is to host an exhibition by Edeltraut Rath (Germany – Bremen) in its Mezzanine and Park Galleries to be opened on October 26 by Mr Beier, Honorar Konsul General der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Edeltraut Rath is an artist living and working in the city of Bremen in Germany. Bremen is a twin-city with Durban and the exhibition is a celebration of the formal ties between these two urban centres. During 2003, the artist collaborated with Durban artist, Joseph Manana, on an exchange programme to produce public murals in Bremen. The exhibition is a further addition to her ties and connection with Durban.

Rath’s work is an investigation into what she terms as “the pattern of cultures” and is borne out of an interest in the multicultural environments of her home city, and its relationships with other parts of the world. She works with geometrical forms, patterns and ornamentation but do not only explore formal qualities. The work is also visual research into the patterns and decorative colours of different nationalities, identities and communities. The work is thus an exploration of ‘difference’ and “similarities” through these symbolic patterns.

Rath states that: “The world has developed into a global village, especially through the advancement of the media. This is the reason why it has become more and more important to understand and tolerate other peoples and their differences. In the Bremen quarter "Obervieland", for example, people from 105 different nationalities live together. In Durban you also see people from different national origins in the street. I would like to know and to research from which countries these people originally come, and with which patterns and ornamentation they are occupied with in their cultures. I am especially interested in what different cultures and periods have in common and where they are different.”

In addition to her own work, Rath has initiated and developed various exchange programmes and public art initiatives in Bremen, Namibia and South Africa.

The exhibition will run until November 14. Details from curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686, fax 031 202 3744 or 083 287 6856 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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