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VAN EMBDEN HAND WORK (article first published : 2002-09-16)

Gwen van Embden will present a collection of found objects, manufactured objects, photographs, printed ceramics, embroideries and book pages that opens at the NSA Galleries on September 17 at 18h00 to run until October 6.

The exhibition comprises objects that are the fragments she has used to construct a picture book that forms a narrative of her family history. Interrogating the domestic and family past and the present as it unfolds itself, the ‘debris’ of these processes are collected and carefully reconstructed and displayed.

Gwen Van Embden becomes ‘keeper’ of a domestic archive, investigating notions of museum practices of collection and display – subverting these so that her ‘domestic’ position becomes that of a curator – the home and memoirs ground of and for artistic investigation and interrogation.

She was born in Pretoria in 1953. After leaving school she moved to Cape Town where she works and lives with her husband and three children. She has a BA (Philosophy) (UNISA) and a BAFA (UCT) and a Masters of Fine Art (UCT).

There will be a walkabout of the exhibition on September 18 at 12h30 as well as a panel discussion on September 19 at 18h00 with Virginia MacKenny, Llianne Loots and Nise Malange. All are welcome, entry is free but booking essential on 031 202-2293.




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