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NIROX COOL ROOM
STEFANIE KOEMEDA: 'IN MY BRUTISH BREAST'
SATURDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER
Artist in residence, Stefanie Koemeda’s temporary exhibition ‘In My Brutish Breast’, opens this Saturday at NIROX.
The exhibition will open at 2PM in NIROX’s Cool Room. It showcases a range of works produced while in residence, from ceramic-based relief works to ink drawings and watercolours.
To learn more about the work on show and how it relates to Koemeda’s practice as a whole, access the catalogue by clicking the button below.
Stefanie’s residency and exhibition is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.
VILLA-LEGODI CENTRE FOR SCULPTURE
WALTER OLTMANN: IN TIME
'Walter Oltmann: In Time' opened last Saturday @villa_legodi_cfs. The exhibition is the culmination of his award, showcasing a range of new works produced over the past year that highlight a number of ongoing threads, from disguise and camouflage to processes of metamorphosis, transformation, extinction and rebirth.
Stefanie Koemeda’s residency is supported by and held in partnership with ProHelvetia Johannesburg. During her stay, she plans to extend her practice of taking clay imprints of found structures and forms from which to build sculptures. At the same time, she will continue her painting and drawing, experimenting with ways to combine all three mediums. ‘My interest here at NIROX lies in the archeological sites around the residency and the speculations that surround their role and purpose, as well as in contemporary terra-human sites of interaction, such as mines,” she explains. This interest extends her thinking about the ‘material legacy’ of contemporary human societies along geological grounds. Her practice asks what kind of sediment we will leave behind, and ‘which objects will reveal our existence in the distant future. ‘The ground, the soil, and the terra of my workplace interest me and how we humans interact with them,’ she adds. ‘My focus lies at the interfaces between humans and terra, the machinery involved, and the infrastructures resulting from this co-existence.’
To learn more about the artist’s research interests, read her essay “Fast Twin”, published by the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture in the first issue of FORM Journal.
Joseph Awuah-Darko will be in residence at NIROX during which he will be preparing towards an exhibition from the 10 October – 10 November 2023 in NIROX’s Covered Space.
Awuah-Darko's artistic practice blends contemporary ideas with traditional techniques, evident in his engagement with the cathartic Ghanaian kente weaving method of Ashanti origin which has existed for centuries. Awuah-Darko's vibrant tapestries often depict Afro-futuristic creature-like 'sentinels,' a motif recurring throughout his work. During his time at NIROX, he will deepen his exploration of woven philosophy within a more sculptural context. Within the delicate balance between beauty and pain, core themes of depression, existentialism and the pursuit of happiness will perform Awuah-Darko's material choices, creating a poignant dialogue.
Awuah-Darko is also the recognised founder and director of the artist-led Noldor Residency program in Accra which supports emerging artists from the continent and its diaspora.
VILLA-LEGODI CENTRE FOR SCULTPURE
FORM is an open-access, online journal dedicated to sculpture.
Initiated by the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture, it aims to enrich critical debate about the medium, adopting an interdiscplinary approach that encourages contributions in all shapes and sizes, from academic texts, interviews, and artistic research to poetry and prose.
Each issue grapples with a particular topic that is intentionally broad, allowing for a diversity of perspectives and avenues for engagement.