South Africa has in the past fifteen years developed into a major centre of contemporary art, with several artists in the international limelight. Peekaboo is Finland’s first major review of the artists and themes in contemporary South African art.
The key theme shared by the featured artists is society in a constant state of flux. Apartheid was abolished in 1994, but its scars are still visible. In addition to historical traumas, the artists are concerned with present insecurity, the changed role of religion and the possibilities offered by new kinds of identities. Some works explore personal experiences and others comment brutally or poetically on the surrounding reality, sometimes using humour or satire. The history of European art and modern life in South Africa converge in unexpected ways.
The show features 20 artists:
Jane Alexander, Roger Ballen, Conrad Botes, Wim Botha, Hasan & Husain Essop, Pieter Hugo, Lunga Kama, Anton Kannemeyer, William Kentridge, Lawrence Lemaoana, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Naudé, Claudette Schreuders, Johannes Segogela, Penny Siopis, Mikhael Subotzky, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Diane Victor
Peekaboo is produced and curated by the Helsinki Art Museum.
Published by Helsinki City Art Museum’s Publications