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SECRECY OF SHELTERS (article first published : 2006-02-5)

An exhibition titled Secrecy of Shelters of work by Petros Ghebrehiwot, an artist from Eritrea who currently resides in Pietermaritzburg, will run at artSPACE durban.

The event follows Petros's Masters exhibition at the University of Natal/Pietermaritzburg, which deals with shelters. The main focus of his work falls on the internal and external spaces of the shelters, especially the silent internal space, which contains many mysteries that people experience in their daily lives.

Every shelter has its own secrets. In the works, Petros keeps these spaces dark and unexposed in order to suggest the mystery of both good and bad deeds that take place inside the shelters.

As a part of his exhibition, Petros constructed ceramic sculptures based on architectural themes from imagination and these sculptures are models for many of his paintings' composition. In them, one can notice that there are features of present technological advancements mixed with antique characteristics. For instance, some of the sculptures incorporate biological structures such as virus and DNA, as well as structures of spacecraft and planets.

Besides their interesting structures, viruses are parasites and cannot have life without the host cell. This suggests that it is difficult for us to maintain our lives without shelters. The DNA also recalls the inheritance and continuity of life. Thus, it suggests the link between the past, the present and potentially the future. We inherit some thing from the past, which remains as a strong influence.

Secrecy of Shelters opens on February 27 at 18h30 and runs until March 11.




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