Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

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History Doesn’t Laugh is Hank Willis Thomas’s first solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The show highlights the artist’s interest in representing photographic ideas through unconventional materials.

For this exhibition, he scoured numerous publications and archives looking for graphics, images and audio that exemplify, through popular culture, South Africa’s recent history. The result is a fascinating combination of installations, objects, and prints that present the visual complexities of the not so distant past.

Thomas is debuting a series of photo-derived sculptures cast in aluminum, silicone and bronze that reframe the original image by focusing on the impact of hand gestures. In his more familiar style, he appropriates graphically striking political buttons and increases them in size to large-scale wall hangings. The show also includes screen-printed images from various magazines re-contextualised in a manner that exaggerates the hyper-reality of the time in which they were originally produced.

  • Raise Up

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Raise Up, 2014

    Bronze / Bronze cast

    204 x 30 x 30 cm / 204 x 30 x 30cm / 285 x 25 x 10 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!)

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!), 2014

    Bronze and copper shim

    7 life cast arms holding pass books

    Editi...

  • We Have Had Enough

    Hank Willis Thomas

    We Have Had Enough, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    91cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • The People shall Govern

    Hank Willis Thomas

    The People shall Govern, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • Amandla

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Amandla, 2014

    Silicone, fiberglass, metal finish

    130 x 80 x 50cm

    Edition of 2

  • Freedom in our lifetime

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Freedom in our lifetime, 2014

    prefabricated dry walling, security wire and spray paint

    2.5m x 4m x 49 cm

  • Victory is certain

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Victory is certain, 2014

    Assegai wood

    108 x 8 x 8cm

  • Peace and Freedom

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Peace and Freedom, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • An injury to one is and an injury to all

    Hank Willis Thomas

    An injury to one is and an injury to all, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • A Luta Continua

    Hank Willis Thomas

    A Luta Continua , 2014

    Alimunium

    80 x 320 x 50cm

    Edition of 5

  • Hank Willis Thomas

    History doesn't laugh, 2014

    Ink Print on white retroflective material / Photo reflective print

    103 x 123cm / 99 x 119 cm (38,98...

  • Black Righteous Space

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Black Righteous Space, 2014

    4m wide sound activated video projection

    Edition of 10

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