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VIOLENCE (article first published : 2002-06-28)

The NSA Galleries are to host a Pulse Project (2002) curated by Greg Streak which forms the Durban leg of a national project, Violence/Silence.

!Xoe, the biennale held in and around the town of Nieu-Bethesda in the Great Karoo has put on another face this year. Not content with becoming a "usual suspect" and in an effort to continually upgrade its profile, Mark Wilby the project founder and co-coordinator has taken a different approach. This year he has asked Greg Streak to guest curate the !Xoe Biennale (2002).

Streak is responsible for the artist run initiative PULSE that brought the highly successful "open-circuit" project to Durban in 2000/2001. Streak has taken the !Xoe Biennale under the umbrella of PULSE and hence the collaboration now sees a complex project that will involve both international and local artists working in both Durban and in Nieu-Bethesda around the project themes of Violence/Silence.

Although it is difficult to escape the implications associated with the terms “Violence” and “Silence” in the context of South Africa, they are layered with so many other possible readings. It is the intention to explore this diversity of association rather than to prescribe meaning in relation to political circumstance only.

The exhibition Violence will take place at the NSA Gallery in Durban and Silence will take place in and around Nieu-Bethesda. Both shows will involve four International artists as well as four South African artists and the shows will open simultaneously, albeit 1,200 km apart. Violence and Silence will come together as one exhibition in a space still being decided on in Cape Town later in 2002.

A mini conference will be held in Durban on July 19 and will explore, once again, the diversity of these themes. A publication/video documentary will be launched at the opening of the culmination show in Cape Town later in the year. PULSE is currently upgrading its website at www.pulseprojects.com where shortly more in-depth information can be found.

The exhibition takes place from July 5 at 18h00 until July 28. Booking is essential for the conference. Contact NSA Curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202-3686 or 031 277-1703 or 083 297-6856, e-mail: iartnsa@mweb.co.za




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