STEVENSON Johannesburg is pleased to present ‘The Island’ by Simon Gush, his sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Following the thread of ‘Workplace’ (2015) and ‘Work’ (2013), this exhibition is occupied with labour. Moving away from perceptions of work and the role that professions play in shaping identity, The Island investigates the sometimes fraught, consistently complex relation between South Africa and Lesotho.
In his new photographic and video works, Gush observes the displacement and dependency that characterise the movement of people and resources between the two countries. Gush frames this exercise as ‘thinking about a space that is thinking about someplace else’. He continues:
“Lesotho, a country landlocked by South Africa, was referred to as ‘the island’ by the African National Congress during the anti-apartheid struggle. Despite the fact that Lesotho has no sea, the image of an island speaks to a way in which Lesotho might become visible, differentiated from its surrounds, a mountainous land rising above the ocean of South Africa which often seems to render it invisible.”
In this body of work, approached as research, Gush opens up different ways of looking at the balance of power between the two nations.
‘The Island’ is also the title of the central photographic essay in the exhibition, an exploration of worksites in Lesotho: workwear factories, diamond mines, government offices, and the Katse and Mohale dams. Through the interplay of images and text, one is invited to reimagine ways of seeing the country beyond perceptions of dependence and migration, as a generative space.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 9 March 2017, 6-8pm.
Simon Gush will conduct a walkabout earlier in the day at 12:45pm.
More info here:http://www.stevenson.info/exhibition/1725