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Abri de Swardt - Streams (VIII)

Abri de Swardt - Streams (VIII)



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Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
Dimensions (cm): 50 x 75

Abri de Swardt (b. 1988, Johannesburg) is an artist based in Johannesburg. He holds a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has exhibited, performed and screened his work at venues including The Javett Art Centre, Pretoria; Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Forum des images, Paris; the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg; KwaZulu Natal Society of the Arts, Durban; and the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow. He has held solo exhibitions at POOL, Johannesburg (2018); MOT International Projects, London (2013); and blank projects, Cape Town (2011). In 2018 De Swardt completed a residency at Rupert, Vilnius, and is an upcoming artist-in-residence at Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen.

De Swardt’s work concerns the interrelations between queerness, decoloniality and the more-than-human. Slipping between the lens, time-based media and site-responsive forms of collage, his work critically engages an expanded notion of photography. De Swardt’s work challenges the ongoing effects of settler-colonial whiteness and masculinity in Southern Africa, and perceptions of queerness as ‘unnatural’ and ‘unAfrican’, through joining historiography with fiction, auto-ethnography, and the fantastical. His approaches emerge in response to both the fixity of the camera and the dislocation of digital networks, in as much as they do to the omissions of the archive and the irreducibility of wildness, imagining non-settled yet situated image ecologies. Collage is realised in his work directly upon the body as a frenzied surface occupied and inhabited, as adrift in bodies of water, and as transposed to narrative voice in order to explore the political potential of touch, fluidity, saturation and non-linear time.

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