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TRUE/STORY (article first published : 2008-03-7)

For True/Story, his exhibition running at the KZNSA Gallery, Michael MacGarry presents a series of artifacts, sculptures and props included in his recent films and photographs.

His work investigates the ongoing ramifications of Western imperialism within the African continent. Of particular concern are the mechanics of control and vested interest that inform the journey of culturally symbolic languages and products from the so-called “centre” to the “periphery” (and vice-versa). Of special interest to MacGarry are the established global trade routes that define and manipulate the peripheral context through an insidious process of inclusion and exclusion.

Michael MacGarry is a visual artist, graphic designer and copywriter based in Johannesburg. A BFA (Hons) graduate from Technikon Natal, and holding an MFA Degree from the University of Witwatersrand, he has exhibited at a national and international level for several years and, in this capacity, is owner of www.alltheorynopractice.com

He is also a founder member of art collective Avant Car Guard, who have also exhibited extensively at national and international levels, recently presenting a solo exhibition at The Pure Project in New York City. As a writer, Michael MacGarry has published in several local magazines and recently co-published, with Lloyd Gedye, a limited edition magazine titled The Pavement Special.

True/Story runs at the KZNSA Gallery until March 9.




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