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Mikhael Subotzky presents new work and collaborates with The Brother Moves On at Maitland Institute in Cape Town

For the past six years, Mikhael Subotzky has been systematically pulling images apart in an attempt to ‘get inside’ them and understand their representational function. While on residency at the Maitland Institute in Cape Town, Subotzky continues his process of dismantling and reconstituting images, working for the first time with paint and ink on canvas, as well as in collaborative performance with The Brother Moves On. Simultaneous to his residency, Subotzky hosts a ‘work in progress’ exhibition, Yellow Bile (or Work in Progress) (14 September – 31 October) at Maitland Institute. These new formal constituents are wielded around Subotzky’s personal iconography – images that he has found and made that resonate with his experiences, as well as certain texts foundational to his understanding of the world.

The collaborative performance with The Brother Moves On, Four Rehearsals in the Yellow Bile, will take place within the exhibition on the opening night (14 September). It too will ‘pull apart’ the underlying texts and images of Subotzky’s works, while also introducing the narratives and imagery of performance and collaboration synonymous with The Brother Moves On. The performance features Thantaswa May as the female protagonist stuck in the Bile, under the watchful eye of the characters’ current reality. Her story, an ode to Nina Simone’s Four Women and the Marikana widows amongst others, will be sung in counterpoint and conflict with TS Eliot’s Four Quartets (read by Subotzky) and accompanied by a percussive and musical score by Zelizwe Mthembu. The performance takes place in four parts from 17:30 – 20:30.

This ‘work in progress’ exhibition thus introduces a new stream in Subotzky’s work, a cross-medium attempt to illustrate and understand T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets. Drawing on a long history of artists’ ‘illustration’ of classic texts, Subotzky seeks to get inside a text that has been fundamental to his aesthetic and philosophical understanding of the world. It is a project that he estimates he will be preoccupied with for many years to come.

The Brother Moves On Live in Europe

Performance band The Brother Moves On will embark on a 16-stop, 12-city European summer tour titled OORKANT TWENTY16 from 7 July to 4 August. It will be the first European summer tour by the art and music collective (after four winter tours), and will include the prestigious Berlinfestspiele’s Foreign Affairs platform. This year Foreign Affairs pays homage to South African art giant William Kentridge and the Brother Moves On have been invited to create a work in reaction to Kentridge’s 1996 work Ubu tells the Truth and to headline the premier of Kentridge’s play Ubu and the Truth Commission on 14 July.
The tour will also see the band curate 100% SA music parties in Berlin (Germany), Paris (France) and London (UK) in an effort to engage the spaces they visit about the vast amount of South African music and art there is available online for purchase.
On Mandela Day (15 July) the band will give their 67 minutes in honour of the great humanitarian Nelson Mandela by giving workshops and playing at the Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, a refugee hotel in Augsburg Germany which houses 60 refugees who work at a music cafe and bar.

Shield and Spear enjoys LA premiere

The controversial documentary Shield and Spear shows at the Billy Wilder Theatre in the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on September 16. The recent work about “identity, art, race, and freedom of expression in South Africa, twenty years into democracy” is directed by Peter Ringbom and features artists Brett Murray, The Brother Moves On and Goodman Gallery senior curator Neil Dundas. Forthcoming screenings will take place at the Films From the South festival in Oslo (September 5) and the One World Arts festival in Ottawa (September 11).
Shield and Spear enjoys LA premiere

Shield and Spear in Johannesburg

The documentary Shield and Spear directed by Peter Ringbom features the contemporary South African artists, musicians and critics notably Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery’s senori Neil Dundas. Others include the BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, and The Smarteez. Commentary is also given by journalists and editors Ferial Haffajee, Iman Rappetti, Charl Blignaut,Lloyd Gedye and Milisuthando Bongela. The Johannesburg premiere will be held at the Bioscope on 26 February followed by a special appearance by the band The Brother Moves On. With public screenings from 27 February to 6 March.

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    The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016

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    Summer Show / 2016

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