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Desire 2016 - a group exhibiton
A group exhibition curated by Johan Conradie
14 October 2016 till 2 November 2016
Artists include AD-Reflex, Poorvi Bhana, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Justin Dingwall, Gordon Froud, Peter Mammes, Noko Mello, Lwandiso Njara, Mary Sibande, Daandrey Steyn, Zelda Stroud, Jan van der Merwe, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Hannalie Taute and Diane Victor.DESIRE features artists known for candidly challenging the ambiguity and paradox of desire. We were born from desire. It is desire that moves us and in moving us gives our lives direction and meaning. Fundamentally, we are each bound to our desires like a slave to his master. Our intellects, in which we place so much faith, evolved to assist us in our pursuit of the desirable and avoidance of the undesirable. The mind, in spite of our attempts to harness it, did not evolve to enable us to resist our desires, still less to transcend them. Pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, anger, and sloth have historically formed part of a conceptual system to manipulate the individual’s spiritual shortcomings. Additionally, advertisers exploit the process of desire formation by sowing the seeds of desire into our unconscious, and then supplying various prosaic reasons with which our conscious can justify the desire. This exhibition boldly explores how we engage or fail to engage with DESIRE.