"Fragile Interventions' Art Works by Strijdom van der Merwe for the exhibition SWIM as part of the Malta Festival of Arts 1 - 30 July 2013
'Diaspora' Art work by Strijdom van der Merwe for the city of Rovaniemi, Finland as part of the X-Border Art Biennale 2013.
"The inspiration for this work come from the geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human intervention. Crossing borders and place themselves in a new environment the same as people would scattered away from an established or ancestral homeland and settle in more than one location.
On each of these stones words are installed that reflect diaspora, movement crossing migration etc. The inspiration for these words come from the philosopher Aristotle who's school of thinkers where known as Peripatetic. This school was known for teaching across all borders and carry the message of knowledge where ever they went. Not bound to one specific place.
As solid and as heavy as rocks can be they can move from one place to another place and across borders as the ice age have also carry large boulders across the borders of continents and deposit them in different places.
Although we as humans like to draw borders with in which we feel safe to operate. Nature know no borders and will carry thoughts and ideas to where ever it is needed or been deposit."
- Strijdom van der Merwe
Don't miss the unveiling of Strijdom van der Merwe's second work along the Eden to Addo Land Art Route, 'Calling the Herd' at the opening ceremony for the second Site_Specific Land Art Biennale in Plettenberg Bay, on 11 August 2013. For more info, keep an eye on sitespecific.org.za/land-art-biennale-2013/timetable (the time table is updated regularly as the events and time details of the programme is confirmed)