Lines of Negotiation
by Andries Loots - 10 March 2004
Untitled ( detail ) 2003, Chromogenic print, 59"x 76,5"
© Zwelethu Mthethwa, courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery
a handful South African artist's have become regulars on the International
art calendar and have had the honor of becoming part of the invited
participants by International curators. Regarding
Triennial of the International Centre of Photography in New York, which
had its inaugural show in November 2003,
there is fierce competition for participation. To be one of the 40 invited artists from 20 countries
is an honour and it means that recognition
is given of what the artist has achieved in photography.South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa was invited
to participate in this prestigious event.
is a great deal of excitement about his Sugar Cane
Series. The series depicts sugar cane field workers in their
working surroundings, some posing, clenching their machetes in their soot blackened
hands like Samurai warriors with an expression of fulfillment as they triumph over
the cane fields. The images provide a glimpse into their world and portray an
intense relationship between the workers
and their harsh working conditions where layered clothing must shield them
from the dirt from the burnt sugar cane.
The opening of Zwelethu’s Solo Exhibition called, Lines of Negotiation at the Jack Shainman Gallery will be on 18 March and will run till 17 April 2004. The exhibition will feature the Sugar Cane works.
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel : 212 645 1701
Fax : 212 645 8316