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NON REDEEMABLE EXPENSES (article first published : 2002-05-20)

Opening on May 21 at 18h00 at the NSA Gallery’s Main Gallery will be Non Redeemable Expenses, an installation by Brigitte Maingard. This Durban-based artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions. The exhibition is part of an intense ongoing informal research project by Brigitte into the position of children in society. Her concerns as an artist, mother and community worker have brought an understanding of children regarded in many cultures as “non-persons”.

Steering away from the didactic, Brigitte Maingard's exhibition is a minimal installation comprising nine images presented on the floor of the gallery, slightly raised from the surface. A blackboard will also be presented in the same venue, inviting visitors in this contemplative space to engage in a game of noughts and crosses. A separate room houses a sound installation, with no objects to distract from the experience.

The exhibition will provide a meditative space, and Maingard also poses questions around the nature of art that runs the risk of becoming depersonalized and sterile. It is a proposal for the radical rethinking of the treatment and imaging of children.

All are welcome at the opening of this exhibition which runs until June 9.




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