Diane Victor – Solo Exhibition comes to UJ

A solo exhibition by renowned South African artist, Diane Victor, entitled FOLLY, FRAILTY AND FEAR will be hosted at the UJ Art Gallery from 1 April to 6 May 2020. Victor uses drawings, printmaking and alternative processes to create a compelling new body of work.

The fortuitous choice of April fool’s day for the opening of this exhibition bodes well for her exploration of notions of folly, irrationality and stupidity. Her work alludes to the ramifications of foolish actions on individuals and their society.

The exhibition references Desiderius Erasmus’ text ‘In praise of folly’ 151; ‘Das Narrenschiff’ or ‘Ship of fools’ written by Sebastian Brandt in 1498 as well as more recent explorations of foolish actions, untruths and misinformation in an attempt to understand the history of stupidity.

Foolish behaviour can have, as Erasmus parodied, the potential to offer a seemingly lighter side to living. Fools are happy, while those who think and question tend to gravitate towards dour depression. However, with fool’s envy, fool’s paradises and fool’s pride abounding, we are all in danger of falling victim to unwise choices. Wealth, pleasure and popularity are favoured over greater critical thinking.

This self-centered blindness leads to societal injustice and anger and ultimately to intolerance and violence. In a society with an abhorrent tendency to classify and divide, we exist within a legacy of violence and aggression towards humanity.

Walkabouts will be hosted on Saturday 4 and 18 April and 6 May 2020 from 10:30.

DATES: 1 April to 6 May 2020

TITLE: Folly, Frailty and Fear

ARTIST: Diane Victor

GALLERY HRS: Mon–Fri: 09:00 – 16:00

Closed weekends and public holidays

LOCATION: APK Campus, Cor. Kingsway/University Rd, Auckland Park

CONTACT: UJ Art Gallery: 011 559 2099 aedempsey@uj.ac.za


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