Jane Alexander: Verity, Faith and Justice
Stevenson Amsterdam is pleased to present Verity, Faith and Justice by Jane Alexander.
The artist has written:
Faith and Justice was commissioned for the first Singapore Biennale, Belief, in 2006, by chief curator Fumio Nanjo. It was a site-specific installation in Courtroom 21 of the Singapore City Hall with particular consideration of the judiciary and colonial legacy in Singapore and South Africa, and the Dutch and British East India companies, competitors in colonial trade and economic control. City Hall is where, on September 12, 1945, General Itagaki Seishiro surrendered to Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten. It is also where Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of the independent city-state of Singapore, proclaimed self-government in 1959, and where he declared Singapore an independent republic in 1965. The tableau, Verity, Faith and Justice, is a part of the original installation.
The work comprises oil-painted polyester resin figures; 10 black thread-sewn gilt-edge 100 gram 1000 page blank wood-free books; 100 new red industrial-strength gloves; one ceremonial judicial robe; and one reproduction Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie flag.
Jane Alexander (born 1959) is one of the most celebrated artists in South Africa. She is best known for her sculpture, The Butcher Boys. She holds a particular interest in human behaviour, conflicts in history, cultural memories of abuse and the lack of global interference during apartheid. Alexander’s work is relevant both in the current Post-Apartheid social environment in South Africa and abroad.
Alexander’s work is characterised by its social and political concerns, moving from the local level of the street she used to live on, to global currents of migration and displacement. Her work is often site-specific, designed and influenced by the locations it is shown in. Many of her sculptures also reappear in different configurations with new additions and extensions, and in photomontages that situate them into the context of landscape and place.
Jane Alexander: Verity, Faith and Justice runs until 22 May 2021 at Stevenson Amsterdam.
June 17, 2021