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SANS (article first published : 2005-02-6)

Brent Meistre is a photographer and academic living and working in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. A lecturer in photography at Rhodes University Fine Art Department, Meistre has participated in numerous exhibitions, and was nominated for the prestigious Daimler Chrysler Award for Creative Photography in 2003. The exhibition Sans was first presented in 2004 at the Grahamstown Festival.

The exhibition consists of 11 photographic works; each made up of composite images, displayed in ornate frames and grouped to form grid-like structures. The exhibition also includes a sound installation and a DVD projection.

In this exhibition, Meistre uses black-and-white images to quote and interrogate the idea of the photograph as a document of historical fact against the medium's possibilities for suggesting the unsaid. As the title would suggest (French for 'without'), the exhibition raises notions of a phantom, a secret that may be known or unknown but that is unconsciously carried through generations of a family.

Meistre states “Throughout my different projects, I continue to investigate the possibilities of single and multiple images as cinematic and thereby playing with the veiling of narrative. Across all the bodies of my photographic work is a sense of loss, longing, melancholia or malaise. I see the photograph as a visual image that needs to be continually unpacked and read on many levels and it is from this departure point that I approach all my projects.”

Sans runs in the NSA’s Main Gallery and Multimedia Room until February 13.

More information from the NSA’s curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za www.nsagallery.co.za




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