Winter Show | 2021

MOMENTS IN SUSPENSION

CURATED BY MORGAN KUNHARDT
31.07.2021 - 23.08.2021

MOMENTS IN SUSPENSION – aims to propel the viewer into a parallel world – a space of otherness that is identifiable but unfamiliar. The works of the ten artists unite in a collective examination of liminal space through landscape, memory, reflection, remembrance, and identity. Berman Contemporary is pleased to present the works of:

Amogelang Maepa, Chrisél Attewell, Gina van der Ploeg, Nomfundo Mkhize, Natalie de Morney, Odette Graskie, Robyn Denny, Stefan Blom, Tré Mkhabela and Thokozani Mthiyane.

Winter Show | Berman Contamporary

Curatorial Statement by Morgan Kunhardt

MOMENTS IN SUSPENSION – aims to propel the viewer into a parallel world – a space of otherness that is identifiable but unfamiliar. The works of the ten artists unite in a collective examination of liminal space through landscape, memory, reflection, remembrance, and identity. Berman Contemporary is pleased to present the works of:

Amogelang Maepa, Chrisél Attewell, Gina van der Ploeg, Nomfundo Mkhize, Natalie de Morney, Odette Graskie, Robyn Denny, Stefan Blom, Tré Mkhabela and Thokozani Mthiyane.

Liminal[i] – as a transitional space, is a phenomenon that we can resonate with since the COVID-19 global pandemic shook us from our habitual lives. Since the beginning of lockdown, 16 months ago, we have been in a state of unrest and uncertainty – a space with no beginning and no end – the ‘in-between’. This long road of ambiguity has led to desperation and a cry for help in many individuals, such as the civil unrest that South Africa has just bared witness too. These spaces of liminality are affecting our psychological existence, leaving us in a limbo between one stage of life and the next.

MOMENTS IN SUSPENSION highlights this liminal period as a time of healing for the artists and subsequently offers the audience that same healing process. The artists presenting themselves in this space creates a moment paused in time, allowing the audience to unearth and interpret these different stories. Our artists have brought forward; sculptural interventions and installations as well as abstract imagery in the form of photographs and paintings. While observing the works, we explore our own uncertainty and untangle new levels of understanding in the work.

The artists reveal a variety of liminal spaces, which contend to their own periods of change. Expressing this period through their own individual mediums. The artworks form and materiality reflect these notions of the intermediate. Objects familiar to our eye are shifted and distorted or displayed in an uncanny accuracy, distancing us in a sense of ambiguity. Concurrently detailed and obscure, these works demonstrate an abstracted visual language of the “in-between”.

In Gina van der Ploeg’s installation, the delicately layered and knotted tapestry float and cascade between spaces which are neither here nor there – suspended – to drift and expand as the reeds would do in the water, these works comment on the invasive nature and ecological impacts that these reeds have on our environment and water.

We are in the in-between our altering perspectives, routines, social, cultural and environmental situations and now in a position to act; a transformational period to evoke change. These micro-narratives visualised by these artists open new doors for possible ecological, psychological, societal and cultural futures. These artists create liminal spaces that suspend the viewer’s connection to the rational and everyday, opening new avenues of perception through affective response. All these artworks evoke emotions, dialogues, and hopefully actions to create communities fit for all irrespective of their past or current situations.

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