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THE BAG FACTORY ARTISTS’ STUDIOS PRESENTS
An exhibition by Visiting Artists:
Alberta Whittle, Anna Christina Lorenzen, Thonton Kabeya and Kelvin Brown
Opening: Thursday 3 April 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Exhibition runs: Friday 4 April to Thursday 10 April, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
For the first quarter of 2014 we are hosting four artists from around the world. As part of their residencies these artists will be networking, creating and workshopping with artists and communities in and around South Africa. t Thonton Kabeya (DRC), Anna Christina Lorenzen (Norway), Alberta Whittle (Barbedos), and Kelvin Brown (UK) have joined us for the past months. The three artists are supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
Thonton Kabeya will be joining us from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recently Thonton’s work has drawn on the fragility of humankind and of children in particular, represented by the use of the egg shells on some of his sculptures and in his paintings. His motto is summed up in a transformation: “From Fragility to Power, metamorphosis of creation.” He analyses, with simplicity and candor, the thought that humankind remains fragile.
Thonton practices the techniques of collage, with the use of egg shells and candle wax in his work. In a recent work entitled NO BODY Thonton installed a series of portraits on a public wall, exposed to the environment. (See right.) As the pieces, exposed to rain, direct sun and wind, they changed, slowly losing their colour and form. The wroks, through their transition, questioned ‘are these portraits of victims of Tribal conflicts? Of war, rapes? Global warming? Economic crisis?’
Based in Norway, Norwegian/German artist Anna Christina Lorenzen co-founded a studio-collective, Bergen Ateliergruppe (BAG) in 2008, which today houses 16 professional artist studios, a project space and regularly organizes workshops, shows and discussions. In 2012 the studios joined the Triangle Network as a partner by conducting BAG Artcamp, an international artist workshop at their Studios in Bergen in 2011.
No stranger to triangle workshops, Anna has participated at Wasanii in 2011, attended Networked, the International Conference for Triangle Arts Partners in London in 2011, and visited South Africa for a Visiting Artists Programme at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town in 2012.
Anna’s art emerges from a core interest in drawing as a purified and universal form of visual art, but she does diversify into other artforms such as performance art, printmaking, textile work and video/photography.
Alberta Whittle is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, performer and educator. She studied for her BA (Hons) at Edinburgh College of Art and is a Masters graduate from Glasgow School of Art, participating in an exchange at Concordia University (Montreal). Whittle has received commissions from the Museum of London and undertaken residencies in residency programmes at Market Gallery (Scotland), Collective Gallery (Scotland), Fresh Milk (Barbados), Greatmore Studios and the Bag Factory (South Africa). As part of the Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland, she participated in residency programmes at Hospitalfield House and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in 2013.
Whittle makes collaged sculptural forms, using video, painting and textile processes. She choreographs interactive installations, interventions and performances as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces, including at the Royal Scottish Academy (Scotland), Fresh Milk (Barbados) and at the Centre for African Studies (South Africa). Working internationally exhibiting in various solo and group shows, her work has been shown in Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean. Her practice is concerned with the construction of stereotypes of race, nationality and gender, considering the motivation behind their perpetuation and the different forms in which they are manifested.
Whittle lives and works between Barbados, Scotland and South Africa.
The Bag Factory was privileged to be a provided a stand at the 2012 Joburg Art Fair with supported from the Gauteng Province. This year artists at the Bag Factory produced a series of 50cm x 50cm works on high quality canvas.We still have a number of works available for sale.
These works are viewable on the slide show on the top right of this page.The commission for the sale of these works will contribute towards our efforts to purchase and renovate our building.
Reproduction prints available from shop
Original Artworks available from shop