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SUITCASES (article first published : 2000-05-8)

Running for a week from May 6 to 12 in the NSA’s Main gallery is a collaborative installation by Jeremy Wafer titled Suitcases.

The NSA Gallery invited Jeremy Wafer, head of the fine arts department at Technikon Natal, to conceptualise an installation for the venue’s Main Gallery. Part of the brief took its cue from two one-week exhibitions running consecutively. The work had to take into account a limited amount of time available for installation in the gallery. Ideas were generated around the notions of a collaborative project – a project that would capitalise on the energy generated at the gallery during the frenetic activity of these short showings.

Wafer invited a variety of artists and friends to bring suitcases to the gallery either filled with objects or empty. These "vessels" would be scattered on the gallery floor, and the public is invited to interact with the objects. By this gesture Wafer questions issues around public and private spaces as well as notions of authorship.

The exhibition runs concurrently with the Manuscript Exhibition in the Mezzanine and Park Gallery.




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