Internationally renowned UCT sculptor exhibits in Paris

17 May 2007 | Story by Helen Swingler

Ambiguous identity: The two democracies (Democracy of the stomach), Prof Gavin Younge's 2006 DVD Installation/Projection, vellum couch.

UCT's Professor Gavin Younge's exhibition, Prosthesis, a collection of 17 sculptures and installations, opened at Le Cloître des Billettes in Paris on 10 May.

On until June, it showcases his art works from the decade 1997 to 2007 and is presented by Nathalie Codjia and Anne-Sandra Keff-Lobisommer of the la Noire Galerie.

Younge, of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, says Prosthesis had its genesis in 2000 at an exhibition on the Champs Elysées when he exhibited Workmen's Compensation II, a laager of 10 handmade wheelbarrows, each carrying aspects of migrant labour life.

His work for this latest exhibition draws on his experiences of a society characterised and moulded by violence.

In their preface of the catalogue Codjia and Keff-Lobisommer wrote: ' . . . Gavin Younge denounces that violence and analyses the social, political and cultural problems that it generates. He presents himself as both an observer and a participant in the contemporary history of his country, South Africa.'

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