Michaelis Galleries in partnership with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents the exhibition Between the Lines, featuring artwork by German and South African art students, from March 1 to 20 on the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus.
Forging a dialogue in the exploration of the potential of art for radical mediation, Between the Lines is a meeting point between German and South African art students. The works are chosen by Candice Breitz and Nadja Daehnke, featuring 10 students each from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste and from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
Probing cross-cultural communication and the capacity of art to function as a tool of social translation; Between the Lines will include paintings, photography, installations, video-work and performances by Fine Art and Art Theory students – those in their third and fourth year of study, as well as students from current Masters programmes.
“When two cultures encounter one another, tools of translation are essential in the building of a sustainable relationship,” says Michaelis Galleries Curator Nadja Daehnke. “In terms of striving towards a greater mutual understanding of the specific pasts, presents and futures of Germany and South Africa; contemporary artists can offer a range of translation strategies. What tools might be used to translate German experience into South African experience or vice versa?”
The Between the Lines exhibition is part of a wider exchange project, which includes two high profile public conferences at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (from February 25 to 28) and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig respectively. These will explore ideas and strategies relevant to the role of art in translating experience and creating mutual understanding across international borders. (For more information, visit www.betweenlines.co.za.)
* The Between the Lines exhibition will open on Friday March 1 at 6pm. A public walkabout will take place on Tuesday March 5 from 1pm to 2pm. For more information, call 021 480 7170, 082 316 5272 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening hours at the gallery: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm, or by appointment.