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OUTPOST II (article first published : 2002-08-16)

The NSA is hosting a follow-up to Outpost ­ a travelling show that took contemporary work from KZN to Pretoria two years ago.

The sequel, Outpost II, will also be traveling later in the year. This time to Stellenbosch. Both shows have been curated in response to the historically-held idea that KZN is the last bastion of British colonialism in a far-flung and remote part of Africa and as a consequence work produced here will be conservative and reactionary.

However, rather than being a beleaguered camp under siege in the badlands, Outpost II is a place that marks necessary forays into the terrain of uncertainty. Questions rather than assertions might indicate such tentative sorties into the unknown and the works on this exhibition engage with erosion of certitude, lack of identifiability, a dissolution of the expected boundaries between public and private, ambiguity and intertextuality.

In a world subsumed by large monopolies and a globalisation that purports to embrace difference but rarely does, KZN might represent the smaller and often lost idiosyncratic voice of the individual. This exhibition engages geographies of identity within the South African context. It embraces the personal whilst at the same time acknowledging the broader politics of place.

Curated by Virginia MacKenny and Storm van Rensburg it includes both established and newer names. Included artists are Andries Botha, Carol-Anne Gainer, Clive Hardwick, Langa Magwa, Thando Mama, Isabella Quattrocchi, Greg Streak and Ingrid Winterbach.

Outpost ll opens on August 21 and runs until September 7 in the NSA’s Mezzanine, Park Gallery and Multimedia Room.




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