2011 Made in Translation Cave painting

Made in Translation: Images from and of the Landscape

Niet lang geleden werd bekend dat waarschijnlijk de vroegste schildersbenodigdheden in de Blombosgrot in Zuid-Afrika zijn gevonden. Een mooie reden om een paar voorbeelden van grotkunst (en kopieën) te laten zien die ik fotografeerde in 2011 op de tentoonstelling Made in Translation: Images from and of the Landscape in Kaapstad.

Tijdens mijn bezoek van ongeveer zes weken kwam ik er achter dat een aanzienlijk aantal kunstenaars in Zuid-Afrika voelt zich nog steeds verbonden met deze collega’s. (zie ook de tentoonstelling Prehistoire uit 2019 in Centre Pompidou)

Iziko_South_Africa_Museum

Iziko South African Museum tentoonstellingstekst: Paintings and engravings are everywhere in the southern African landscape. They are the creative expressions of ideas that were once alive in the conversations around the campfire and in the rites of passage that marked the milestones of human life. Today these paintings and engravings have become sources of great longing, their meanings elusive; the impulses that gave rise to them often hotly debated.

Rock art copies are seen as acts of translation, primarily translating the ‘unboundedness’ of the paintings as they exist in the landscape, into the framed image of the copy. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of translations including the works of copyists from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.

Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)
Cape Town Kaapstad Cave Art exhibition foto Esther Schreuder (c)