Structures / 2013

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town presents Structures, a group exhibition bringing together works by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Carlos Garaicoa, David Goldblatt, Mikhael Subotzky and Jeremy Wafer. The exhibition is concerned with structures both monumental and mundane, and aims to examine the ways in which they inform the environments we inhabit, and what they suggest about the underlying systems that give rise to them.

David Goldblatt’s series South Africa: The Structure of Things Then deals in part with the architectural landscape of Apartheid South Africa and the relationship between the governing ideology of the time and its physical manifestations across the country. Mikhael Subotzky’s ongoing Security series is in some ways a contemporary response, documenting the surveillance cameras, security huts and electrified fences of the modern suburban landscape, and examining the links between poverty, race, crime and the effects of a legacy of discriminatory spatial planning.

Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer is a book of what Brecht called ‘photo-epigrams’: newspaper and magazine clippings of images of the Second World War, each captioned with a 4-line poem. In Poor Monuments, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin juxtapose pages from Brecht’s original book with images of modern conflicts (in particular the so-called War on Terror) to look at the changing (and sometimes unchanging) narrative of war, and the systems responsible for crafting and disseminating it.

Cuban-born Carlos Garacioa’s Para transformer la palabra política en hechos, finalmente II (To transform political speech into facts, finally) takes as its subject the city as a site for collective memory and imagination, while a new floor sculpture by Jeremy Wafer contemplates abstract and physical notions of space, and the degree to which a space is produced by the structures it contains.

  • From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (I)

    Carlos Garaicoa

    From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (I), 2009

    Laser cut on B&W photograph, metal and stucco

    81 x 1...

  • From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (II)

    Carlos Garaicoa

    From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (II), 2009

    Laser cut on B&W photograph, metal and stucco

    81 x ...

  • From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (III)

    Carlos Garaicoa

    From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (III), 2009

    Laser cut on B&W photograph, metal and stucco

    81 x...

  • From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (IV)

    Carlos Garaicoa

    From the series To Transform Political Speech into Facts, Finally II (IV), 2009

    Laser cut on B&W photograph, metal and stucco

    81 x ...

  • South-east wing of a hostel for Black male workers erected during apartheid as part of a scheme to make Joburg city and suburbs white. Alexandra Township, 1 June, 1988 (4_5388)

    David Goldblatt

    South-east wing of a hostel for Black male workers erected during apartheid as part of a scheme to make Joburg city and suburbs white. Alexandra Towns...

  • Monument to the Voortrekkers, Winburg, Orange Free State. 27 December 1990 (4_6957)

    David Goldblatt

    Monument to the Voortrekkers, Winburg, Orange Free State. 27 December 1990 (4_6957), 1990

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

  • The monument at left celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Republic of South Africa. The one at right is to J G Strijdom, militant protagonist of White supremacy and of an Afrikaner republic, who died in 1958. At rear is the headquarters building of Volkskas (‘The People’s Bank’) founded in 1934 to mobilise Afrikaner capital and to break the monopoly of the ‘English’ banks. Pretoria, 25 April 1982.  (4_2835)

    David Goldblatt

    The monument at left celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Republic of South Africa. The one at right is to J G Strijdom, militant protagonist of Wh...

  • Ciskei National Monument, Ntaba kaNoda, Ciskei, 10 July 1990 (4_6511)

    David Goldblatt

    Ciskei National Monument, Ntaba kaNoda, Ciskei, 10 July 1990 (4_6511), 1990

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. ...

  • The KwaZulu Legislative Assembly building with a memorial to Shaka. Ulundi, KwaZulu, 1989 (4_6119)

    David Goldblatt

    The KwaZulu Legislative Assembly building with a memorial to Shaka. Ulundi, KwaZulu, 1989 (4_6119), 1989

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibr...

  • H. F. Verwoerd Building, headquarters of the Provincial Administration, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, 26 December 1990 (4_7322)

    David Goldblatt

    H. F. Verwoerd Building, headquarters of the Provincial Administration, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, 26 December 1990 (4_7322), 1990

    S...

  • Government ‘ethnic architecture’: Tourist Information Centre in the style of the Basotho hat. Phuthaditjhaba, capital of Qwa Qwa, one of apartheid’s ten ethnic homelands, 21 May 1990 (4_6357)

    David Goldblatt

    Government ‘ethnic architecture’: Tourist Information Centre in the style of the Basotho hat. Phuthaditjhaba, capital of Qwa Qwa, one of apartheid...

  • Entrance to the Legislative Assembly Chamber, Giyani, Gazankulu, 10 April 1989 (4_5911)

    David Goldblatt

    Entrance to the Legislative Assembly Chamber, Giyani, Gazankulu, 10 April 1989 (4_5911), 1989

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based pap...

  • Wendy House II (0355)

    Mikhael Subotzky

    Wendy House II (0355), 2009

    Unique C-print in artist’s frame

    216.7cm x 170cm (incl. frame)

    Available

  • Wendy House V (0354)

    Mikhael Subotzky

    Wendy House V (0354), 2009

    Unique C-print in Artist's Frame

    216.7 x 170cm

    Available

  • African Earth IV (0426)

    Mikhael Subotzky

    African Earth IV (0426), 2012

    LightJet C-print diasec mounted and with a unique artist's frame

    Image: 118 x 168cm Paper: 151 x 198...

  • Poor Monuments: Plate 75, Smoke pours from the upper levels of the World Trade Center’s north tower, as those fleeing the fires fall to their death. (photo David Surowiecki) http://lovehatesmisery.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html (ABOC 00911)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Poor Monuments: Plate 75, Smoke pours from the upper levels of the World Trade Center’s north tower, as those fleeing the fires fall to their ...

  • Poor Monuments: Plate 24, In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo provided by the Portland Police Department, two men identified by authorities as suspected hijackers Mohamed Atta, right, and Abdulaziz Alomari, center, pass through airport security, in Portland, Maine. http://husseinandterror.com/ (ABOC 00925)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Poor Monuments: Plate 24, In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo provided by the Portland Police Department, two men identified by authorities as sus...

  • Poor Monuments: Plate 21, 5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad - including two Reuters news staff. Since the time of the attack Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfUik&feature=player_embedded (ABOC 00915)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Poor Monuments: Plate 21, 5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of...

  • Poor Monuments: Plate 6,  http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=bpuKw6jZyO4&feature =related (ABOC 00923)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Poor Monuments: Plate 6, http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=bpuKw6jZyO4&feature =related (ABOC 00923), 2011

    Silkscreen print

    29...

  • Poor Monuments: Plate 57, http://barenakedislam. wordpress. com/2011/08/11/ sooooooooooooo oooooooooooo/ (ABOC 00939)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Poor Monuments: Plate 57, http://barenakedislam. wordpress. com/2011/08/11/ sooooooooooooo oooooooooooo/ (ABOC 00939), 2011

    Silkscre...

  • Core

    Jeremy Wafer

    Core, 2013

    Cast concrete

    3 units of 1m length by 20 cm diameter

  • Installation picture [Structures / 2013]