Time On Our Hands at the V&A Waterfront

6th April 2010 – 30th June 2010

The Exhibition

This exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort of recent graduates and current students from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. These young artists, currently resident in Cape Town, but drawn from diverse regions of Southern Africa, from Harare to Nelspruit, Johannesburg, the Free State and Natal, have come together to workshop ideas around progress and notions of freedom in a country that will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of its first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, from prison on Freedom Day.

The space was shared with RIACT, a social upliftment project using the original prison fencing from Robben Island (www.riact.co.za)

The Art

Pieces that Chris exhibited were: The Great Escape (Vault) and Sisyphus. Chris also created two installation pieces in the courtyard at the entrance to the Robben Island Gateway. The first installation was entitle Nelson’s Column (Ghost) and was a version of the Nelson’s column included in the Spier Contemporary. The second was entitled The Pen is Mightier Then The Sword (46664), a life size replica of Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island made from the original Robben Island prison fencing.

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