Art in the cities

22 September 2008

Nicola Grobbler
Hanging art: Nicola Grobbler's Small Victories is one of the works on display at the Jozi and the (M)other City art exhibition until 26 September

Fine arts lecturer Carine Zaayman is the curator and one of the artists in a new exhibition that is part of Jozi and the (M)other City (JAMC), a project aimed at exploring the two major South African cities.

The exhibition, which opened on 8 September, features the work of 10 artists and writers focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, their myths and realities.

The exhibition encompasses a wide range of expressions and media. Marcus Neusetter's work is a recording of the sounds of Cape Town; Nicola Grobbler's Small Victories uses coffee mugs and a small hardcover book to record words and sketches from a range of contributors, and Nathaniel Stern's Doin' My Part to Lighten the Load is the artist's proposal to a local arts critic that he gives up the use of electricity for a day, and its results.

"JAMC seeks to interrogate the commonly held beliefs concerning both locales, against more in-depth reflections on the way in which these cities came to be, and how they function today," explains Zaayman.

The exhibition runs until 26 September.

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