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With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica often shows practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize this for a growing global market.
Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.
We live in an age, in which those who are deemed unwanted, unloved and uncared for, are the symptomatic sum of the entire earth’s self disgust and fear.
The artist Anthony Lane presents an installation and a photographic record of an array of washed up shoes, which he collected from the shores of a Greek Island. Subsequently Clare Patrick photographed these shoes for the exhibition. The “Lost Souls” project exists because Anthony Lane could not turn away from the evidence that kept washing up on the Grecian doorstep, and he saw an opportunity for giving a voice to those who are victims of a global crisis. He collected these markers from Skopelos, one of the Greek islands where the flotsam of many refugee journeys ended up. He then used his platform as an artist to highlight the grim reality of those victims who lost their shoes, their homes and often their lives.
These sad traces of the footwear of people lost in a political storm, are markers of the individual cost of a civil war. Framed together as art, they provide a semantic conflict, where meaning can be made in exchange for lives. This collaboration between artist and gallery will hopefully highlight the urgency of the Syrian crisis – which only seems to be escalating and fuelling a new stream of fascism.
Eclectica galleries invites you to view Japanese artist Asuka Nirasawa’s exhibition “BEING” at Eclectica Contemporary. Nirasawa’s work combines four series of works inspired by the circular motifs on African Fabrics. The theme developed conceptually in 2013, when she was living in India. “All of the works consist of a circular pattern as an exploration of what the circular form can mean in the philosophical sense.
The body of her work illustrates life from its origin in cells to the evolution of fantastical creatures in a metaphor of modern human society and its culture. Nirasawa explains how “African fabrics exude pleasure and respect for life through both a sense of peace and exuberant dynamism”. Her first visit to South Africa exposed her to the rich textiles of the Continent which have become important elements within her Art.
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