Hanien Conradie: Spoorloos

Hanien Conradie: Spoorloos - Omenka Online

Everard Read Cape Town presents Spoorloos[1], Hanien Conradie’s latest solo exhibition running from July 7 to 21 2021.

Here, Conradie deepens her ongoing enquiry concerning place and belonging from her location as an Afrikaner female living in Southern Africa. The primary inspiration for this exhibition originated in an artists’ residency in the vast and desolate Tankwa Karoo Desert which is located in the Western Cape in South Africa.

The body of work consists of various reinterpretations of landscape painting within the contemporary moment of imminent ecological collapse, growing technological dominance and humanity’s rapid alienation from the rest of nature. Conradie mourns the mounting collective amnesia regarding humanity’s position as an inextricable part of the Earth. As an earth-concerned painter and in order to bring locatedness to her work, Conradie continues to converse with burnt plant material and found ochre as powerful representatives originating from the natural places she visits. By creating various practices of relation with natural matter, Conradie strains to remember the echoes of humanity’s ancient relationship with the Earth.

Where her Raaswater (2019) focused mainly on water, rainmaking rites and rivers, Spoorloos (2021) is located within the element of air. Here Conradie works with the archetype of the magician, with ritual prayer and with the Kármán Line: a place where the earth’s atmosphere becomes too thin for aeroplanes to achieve flight and where the rest of the universe begins.

At its most expanded, Spoorloos can be seen as a selection of paintings in natural pigments, ritual prayer pieces, poems and performances contemplating encounters with the Traceless.

Born in Cape Town (1972), Hanien Conradie’s education includes degrees in both architecture and fine arts. In 2012, she entered a 3-year period of post-graduate studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.  She graduated (with distinction) with a Master of Fine Art (2015) focused on an enquiry based on ecology and painting. Conradie has since participated in numerous ecological exhibitions located in Southern Africa, Europe and the USA.

Conradie is an active contributor to interdisciplinary symposiums, websites and artists’ residencies where ecological research is conducted through creative practice.

[1] ‘Spoorloos’ translates as ‘without a trace’ ‘trackless’; ‘traceless’


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