Tuesday, February 12, 2013



a SITE_SPECIFIC project | event


The theme of this year's Woordfees is 'HEMELS' = 'Heavenly'. This implies a hereafter, something that has died, or has been lost - at the very least, transformed from an earthly state. Hiernamaals • Hereafter is this transience of the natural world. It is a requiem, a song of mourning (or maybe a wish, a memory). Art may not be able to save the world, but it can honour and protest against an inevitable process of forgetting.

Top: Boom van Kennis van Goed en Kwaad II. Woordfees 2012 installasie deur Anni Snyman, PC Janse van Rensburg en vriende. Below: "Iets", litho print by Strijdom van der Merwe.

The exhibition at Slee Gallery includes works by Angus Taylor, Jan van der Merwe, Hannelie Coetzee, Strijdom van der Merwe, Rina Stutzer, Shany van der Berg, Andrew van der Merwe, Eduard Haumann,  Erica Lüttich, Myfanwy Bekker, PC Janse van Rensburg, Katie du Toit, Janet Botes and Anni Snyman.

Site_Specific, South Africa's International Land Art Biennial, will take place in Plettenberg Bay from 10 - 17 August 2013. Hiernamaals • Hereafter is an exhibition of land-related artwork aimed at raising awareness and funds for this all-important cultural event.

During 01 - 03 March the Site_Specific team will create a land art installation on the grounds of the Sasol museum. The 'Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil III' installationwill be set up at the Woordfees 2013 Festival by Anni Snyman, PC Janse van Rensburg, Andrew van der Merwe & friends.

This year's water installation is symbolic of tears, whilst drawing attention to the vital nature of water as the MATRIX of life. Mankind's reckless treatment of water through processes such as fracking, amongst many others, is threatening the future sustainability of our land and it's natural water resources. The installation extends the symbolism of 2012's apple installation that drew attention to the abuse of the feminine, to include our culture's destruction of the natural, our land base, mother earth - the life force itself.

The installation will start on Friday 1 March, continuing through the nights to hang approximately two thousand bags of water by sunrise on Sunday 3 March. Andrew van der Merwe, a famous South African sand calligrapher, will complete the artwork with a design around the base of the tree. At 15hoo on the 3rd, a performance will offer the water back to the tree that has so patiently carried our installation.

Hiernamaals • Hereafter
Opens at 17h00 on Sunday 03 March.
Work on view 02 - 10 March.

Slee Gallery, 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 887 3385, gallery@slee.co.za, www.slee.co.za

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