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SENSIBLE WOMAN (article first published : 2006-09-23)

An exhibition titled But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again by Bridget Baker is to open at the KZNSA Gallery next week.

Bridget Baker presents photographic stills projects developed on location in Cape Town, Gent, Maputo, Delhi and Durban from 2003 to 2006.

“I am involved in risky take-overs,” says Bridget Baker. “Currently the sensible woman is my subject. I entice her into leading a double-life of invisibility. You may say that this type of life is characteristic of a sensible woman anyway … but wait, those invisible tasks she undertakes could make her invincible.”

The characters of the Sensible Woman show are The Blue Collar Girl, the Sunday Morning Wonder Woman and the Maiden. This developing body of work affirms Bridget Baker’s fascination with engendering urban myths through staging and documenting public gesture.

For the Durban leg of Sensible Woman the artist has produced another photographic piece in the The Blue Collar Girl series. She has worked alongside Durban-based photographer Angela Buckland and actress Kajal Bagwandeen (Bombay Crush and Chalo Cinema), the Durban City Orchestra performing at the City Hall, and the blue-collar workers at Davinscot Manufacturers in Tongaat.

Bridget Baker is based in Cape Town and works as a concept artist and clothes stylist. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.

The Blue Collar Gir series is an ongoing performative installation project that takes place in different cities throughout the world and culminates in a triptych-photographic installation piece. The project involves the placement of the character (a creative force and a blue-collar worker) in locations that reflect her dual iconic status. Finally her modus operandi is revealed in the traces she leaves behind to prove her campaign message: “Only you can ©”. This is as much a mark of her existence, as it encourages a liberated ethos.

Sensible Woman opens at the KZNSA Main Gallery on September 26 at 18h00 and runs until October 15 at 12h00. Bridget Baker will conduct a walkabout at 10h00 on September 27.

More information from Nathi Gumede, Curator of the KZNSA Gallery on 031 202 3686 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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