Cross-Currents in Recent Video Installation: Water as Metaphor for Identity
Cross-Currents in Recent Video Installation:
Water as Metaphor for Identity
February 9–April 2, 2006 Tisch Gallery
Cross-Currents presents recent video installations by four international artists with ties to Africa: Zwelethu Mthethwa, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Moataz Nasr, and Berni Searle. In each work, the amorphous quality of water is explored as a metaphor for shifting notions of identity, migration, and memory—of fluidity and instability, of spiritual rebirth, of violence, and of traumatic loss of life. Water conceptually speaks to the invisible currents that drive the dissolution of familiar categories of race, nation, and identity, and the dilution and loss of cultural heritage—all central issues today in contemporary post- colonial art and theory.
(b. 1960, Durban, South Africa; resides Cape Town, South Africa Crossings, three-channel digital video projection, 2003/re-mastered 2005
(b. 1975, Nairobi, Kenya; resides Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany) Down by the River, video projection, light object, red soil with text, 2001
(b. 1961, Alexandria, Egypt; resides Cairo, Egypt) Crossings, video projection, 2001
(b. 1964, Cape Town, South Africa; resides Cape Town, South Africa About to Forget , three-channel digital video projection, 2005
Cross-Currents is co-curated by Pamela Allara, associate professor of contemporary art at Brandeis University, Peter Probst, associate professor of african art history and visual culture at Tufts University, and Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of the galleries and collections at Tufts.