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Joburg / SA: An Exhibition by Artists in Residence
 
Marie Snauwaert (BE)
Machfeld (aka. Sabine Maier and Michael Mastrototaro)
 
24 March to 2 April 2009
  

THE BAG FACTORY ARTIST STUDIOS
10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg / South Africa

http://www.bagfactoryart.org.za

With thanks to:
The Ford Foundation
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
The Austrian Embassy, Pretoria/South Africa
The Tonga Online Project, Binga/Zimbabwe
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture

Exhibition!
 
They say it hurts
Concept: Marie Snauwaert, performance: Carola, Danmore & team.

A building has been demolished in Jeppe Street. The scars on the walls and floor are still visible. A fence indicates where the public territory ends and where the private domain starts. In front of it some homeless people have settled in. People pay them to throw garbage over the fence into the private domain.
As homage to this open space the homeless people were offered peace work to clean the rubbish and have prepared it to become a basketball court. At the end of the opening of Press The Button the gate to the private domain will be opened and the first basketball match will be played on this court.
Basketball was not a popular sport in South Africa during Apartheid. As a result the sport has an unblemished image. Its connection with African-American culture gives it a popular mystique and as a result basketball has become the fastest growing sport in South Africa.
 
 
Forget or to be forgotten
Marie Snauwaert, photography

Lockets open to reveal the essence of a loved one, containing photographs, locks of hair, or any other item that may stimulate sentiment. Lockets were not only a treasure, but holders of memory. After the discovery of gold on the rand in 1886 the demand for gold lockets increased. Johannesburg was built, literally and economically, on the same gold that made these memory-clasps.
Today, over a century later, the majority of the original owners of these lockets have faded into history, and the lockets have been lost, pawned or sold. Johannesburg’s supply of gold ore is gradually running out. Mining companies strive to refine and re-refine old mine-dumps to sift out the last microscopic trace of the precious metal. The Top Star Drive-in situated on top of one of Johannesburg's mine dumps has been shut down for this purpose.

Once I went swimming in a pool with blind people
Marie Snauwaert, video (in progress)

“It is dark. A man is eating a toast. He flosses his teeth and puts on his best suite. He walks to his car and drives into the city. People are warming themselves at the fire, a man drinks a soda in a diner and an empty car is waiting for its driver. The man gets out of his car and walks into a revolving door. He makes a slow full turn, goes for a second round, walks faster and faster, slows down till he finds the right pace. Enjoying the moment he makes an extra few turns and steps out of the revolving door. People have left the fire, the soda is half drunk, and the driver has returned to its car. The man finds himself in front of a mass of people. He wants to go home

PRESS THE BUTTON
Machfeld & Marie Snauwaert, poster
 
No choice
A project by Sabine Maier (assisting: Raymond Marlowe)
 
 “Either you are prepared to cross the line or you are not prepared to cross the line.
From the mere point of view you are not prepared to cross the line --- but you don’t have any choice; you have to move out even if it costs you a lot of money or even your life.” (who said this?)
 
The Central Methodist Church is the only possible home for many Zimbabwean refugees.
 
The Church is filled to capacity and more than 2 000 Zimbabweans are now living in the streets around the building.
 
The project ‘No Choice’ describes the passages of some of these Zimbabwean refugees from their hometowns to Johannesburg. These passages are depicted in lines drawn on transparent paper and audio recordings of their recitation of their passage across the border. The process of this project created a form of portrait of the refugees.
 
In this work the Zimbabweans are non-passive, depicted as strong individual personalities with stories and conflicts. It was my objective to give voice to these people’s stories. Many seemed relieved to tell their stories, releasing the trauma, to someone who was willing to listen.
 
The project is presented as an installation consisting of the drawings and photographs and as a quiet space where you can listen to and contemplate their stories.
 
 
EFFIGI
Photo series by Michael Mastrototaro
 
The photo series EFFIGI connects the inner and outer view of reality. This was realised during while travelling through Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
 
Where is the border between the inner and outer view of a scene? Where is the real reality for us? Everybody lives in their own world. We create our understanding of our surrounding area through our social and acquisitioned memories. The feeling what we get from a moment and the acceptation out of it depends on all the memories of our lives.
 
EFFIGI is a photographical experiment, to show two perspectives of one experience. It connects drawings (inner view) with the copy (photography) of reality. It’s an examination of reality and a media reflection of photography itself.
 
Using carbon paper, Mastrototaro drew, from memory, his impression of the original experience over the actual photograph.  In this way he created a juxtaposition between the dry documentation of the photograph and his personal experience of the event.
 
 
The inside of Johannesburg
Radio prod cast "Hörbilder " Ö1 Austrian Broadcast ORF
 
 
Hillbrow, the inner city residential neighbourhood of Johannesburg, is known for its high levels of population density, unemployment, poverty and crime. In the 1970s it was an Apartheid-designated 'whites only' area but soon became a 'grey area', where people of different ethnicities lived together.
It acquired a cosmopolitan and politically progressive feel but unfortunately, due to poor planning, its infrastructure could not cope with the rapid population growth.  Today the majority of the residents are migrants from the townships, rural areas and the rest of Africa, many living in abject poverty. An urban regeneration programme is underway. There are street markets, mainly used by local residents.
Machfeld was searching  - via audio interviews – for how life in Hillbrow is lived and how was it in the past.
We have interviewed people of diverse incomes, ages and colours. We encouraged them to tell their own stories about the life and the city Johannesburg.
This material will be used for a radio broadcast at the public broadcast in Austria ORF /Ö1 Hörbilder. 
 
 
Statement
Photo series by Sabine Maier
 
The quiet isolation of nature with the slender life-line of a road linking you to your home and comforts brings a sense of awe and contemplation. Statement is a series of photographs expressing and enhancing the vivid contrast between nature and man’s ascendance over nature. They express the  bittersweet longing to be rejoined with the very thing we aspire to control. The camera is hidden and the subject, unaware of it’s presence, in unaffected by the photographer.
 
 
Spoken world>Poetry
Phanito Maseko
 
Spoken world is a spontaneous video clip created while travelling back to Joburg from Orange Farm.
 
 
Rhino in a Box
Sabine Maier
 
This video Installation is the artist’s personal experience of the beauty of South Africa.
 
 
“The invention of nothing part 2 “ Frau Holle”
elfriede, Sabine Maier and Raymond Marlowe
 
This performance is the adaptation of a fairytale, a poetic statement about experiences in Johannesburg related with recourse to the Austrian inheritance.
 
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MACHFELD
International Arts and Culture Society

A-1020 Vienna, Max Winter-Platz 21/1
Phone: +43(0)650 6004383
http://www.machfeld.net

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« Reply #1 on: April 08 2009 »

No choice

A project by Sabine Maier (assisting: Raymond Marlowe)

 “Either you are prepared to cross the line or you are not prepared to cross the line.
From the mere point of view you are not prepared to cross the line --- but you don’t have any choice; you have to move out even if it costs you a lot of money or even your life.”
(who said this?)

The Central Methodist Church is the only possible home for many Zimbabwean refugees.

The Church is filled to capacity and more than 2 000 Zimbabweans are now living in the streets around the building.

The project ‘No Choice’ describes the passages of some of these Zimbabwean refugees from their hometowns to Johannesburg. These passages are depicted in lines drawn on transparent paper and audio recordings of their recitation of their passage across the border. The process of this project created a form of portrait of the refugees.

In this work the Zimbabweans are non-passive, depicted as strong individual personalities with stories and conflicts. It was my objective to give voice to these people’s stories. Many seemed relieved to tell their stories, releasing the trauma, to someone who was willing to listen.

The project is presented as an installation consisting of the drawings and photographs and as a quiet space where you can listen to and contemplate their stories.

read / see more: http://www.machfeld.net/press_the_button/no_choice.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 08 2009 »

EFFIGI

Photo series by Michael Mastrototaro © 2009

The photo series EFFIGI connects the inner and outer view of reality. This was realised during while travelling through Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

Where is the border between the inner and outer view of a scene? Where is the real reality for us? Everybody lives in their own world. We create our understanding of our surrounding area through our social and acquisitioned memories. The feeling what we get from a moment and the acceptation out of it depends on all the memories of our lives.

EFFIGI is a photographical experiment, to show two perspectives of one experience. It connects drawings (inner view) with the copy (photography) of reality. It’s an examination of reality and a media reflection of photography itself.

Using carbon paper, Mastrototaro drew, from memory, his impression of the original experience over the actual photograph.  In this way he created a juxtaposition between the dry documentation of the photograph and his personal experience of the event.

read + see more: http://www.machfeld.net/press_the_button/effigi.html
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