Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany.
Amogelang Maepa, Chrisél Attewell and Lee-At Meyerov
Curated by Els van Mourik
16 – 19 November 2023
Berman Contemporary is pleased to present: Amogelang Maepa, Chrisél Attewell and Lee-At Meyerov at ART COLOGNE, held at Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany.
ART COLOGNE is the world’s oldest existing fair for the visual arts born on the 20th and 21st centuries. Around 200 international galleries show their works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, multiples, installation, performance and video art. The origins of today’s ART COLOGNE started the year 1967 when the Cologne-based gallery Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner initiated the first Cologne Art Fair.
I mostly work with clay, which I dig up from a river close to my studio during the rainy seasons – this allows for the clay to soften and become finer, as the water purifies the clay. Through my experimentation with clay, I have learned how to use this organic medium, determining how clays should be mixed and what works well together. Through my experimentation with clay, I have learned how to use this organic medium, determining how clays should be mixed and what works well together.
We are surrounded by landscapes and societies that are traumatised. Within these landscapes, there are traces that could tell us more about the many ways in which we are connected to each other, to other species, and to the Earth. Finding such traces in the environments around me, and deciphering their nuanced meanings and histories, is the driving force of my artistic practice.
My work involves a cumulative, labour-intensive process, whereby the relationship between the body and material is inextricably bound by time and memory. I work primarily with found, readymade often discarded objects and materials such as teabags, matches and masking tape, which through a process of accumulation, are transformed into large scale sculptural forms and installations. I am fascinated by the connotative and symbolic association of materials and our own visceral response evoked by their presence.