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EXHIBITION BY LINDA JONES (article first published : 2001-03-5)

Linda Jones’s exhibition Inside: Looking In opens at the NSA Galleries on March 6 at 18h00 in conjunction with Trevor Makhoba’s Rebound (see separate story).

The "looking inward" as suggested by the title of this challenging exhibition is evident in photographic, video, sculptural objects and installations. At first glance, images and objects guide the viewer into the most private of spaces: inside the body. This however is placed in a context where the artist investigates the innards of the body (repulsive and contaminated) in relation to domestic spaces (clean and safe).

Linda Jones, who recently completed her BTech degree (cum laude) at Technikon Natal, states that the exhibition explores “an inner space as well as an outer space. These images speak of a defining of my own space – a reclaiming and negotiation of space. Spaces that are visible and others that are somehow private and inaccessible.”

A section of the exhibition comprises an installation where the artist recreates a middle-class lounge complete with dirty-pink carpet, coffee tables and reproduction Victorian chairs covered in pink velour. Juxtaposed with this ensemble (symbolic of bourgeois values and taste) Jones places images on the wall and plays a video. The material is uncomfortable and difficult to look at – the camera moving into orifices, bringing to light the unseen and unseemly, the ‘repulsive’ and hidden.

The exhibition runs in the Main Gallery and Multimedia Room until March 25. More details from Storm Janse van Rensburg at the NSA on (031) 202-3686 or fax (031) 202-3744




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