The Silences Between
From August 24 to September 23, 2017, Goodman Gallery Cape Town will present The Silences Between, a group exhibition featuring leading contemporary artists such as Candice Breitz, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Mounir Fatmi, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Alfredo Jaar, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Grada Kilomba, Paulo Nazareth and Mikhael Subotzky; who use varying modes of storytelling to rethink, rework and reimagine the world and our place within it. Curated by Emma Laurence, the exhibition considers the role of the artist in questioning how meaning is made and what is recorded in visual memory.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the Maori poetry book, The Silences Between: (Moeraki conversations) where the author Keri Hulme prompts the question, “What is recorded in the writing of history and what is left out?”
The Silences Between is influenced by Donna Haraway’s book Staying With the Trouble (2016), wherein the prominent academic argues that the world cannot be understood ‘as the heroic story, told yet one more time, of the privileged signifier moving across time and space to bring back the prize at the end and die’.
The exhibition presents work that exposes the layered scaffolding of ‘meaning-making’ through the telling of everyday stories of ordinary people and seemingly insignificant events that have been left out of the dominant narrative.
August 16, 2019