The Casspir Project is an unprecedented and multifaceted undertaking from South African film director, Ralph Ziman. He has directed over 400 videos for diverse artists, winning numerous MTV awards; his work in film includes over 6 features as a writer/director/producer.
The Casspir Project charts the locus of the South African military vehicle’s legacy of institutional oppression, the central element of the project is one of reclamation—a restored and refitted Casspir vehicle, its surfaces fully covered in elaborate, brightly coloured panels of glass beadwork, arrayed in traditional patterns and completed by artisans from Zimbabwe and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa including women of the Ndebele tribe.The work comprises installation, photography, oral history, and documentary, debuted 11 am, 14th December 2016 as part of the exhibition, Women’s Work: crafting stories, subverting narratives – an exploration of the historically gendered creative practices used by contemporary artists in South Africa at the entrance to the Iziko South African National Gallery.The Casspir Project represents the first comprehensive consideration of apartheid-era South Africa seen through the lens of the Casspir instrument. Ziman’s need to confront his own past brought about The Casspir Project which is a vibrant, visual illumination of this. It is an effort to reconcile a history of devastation and foster a dialogue of where we are going, and what kind of world we want to live in once.SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO.
The exhibition WOMEN’S WORK: crafting stories, subverting narratives, co-curated by Ernestine White and Olga Speakes, aims to trace the development of ideas, themes and techniques explored by – both male and female – artists through contrasting past and present, and pushing and interrogating the boundaries of their chosen techniques. The exhibition explores intimate and personal narratives: the effects of colonial histories and trauma on the body; issues of identity and its relation to land; religion and sexuality, as well as gendered power relations.
This ambitious group exhibition showcases rarely seen treasures spanning 300 years of history in conversation with contemporary works of art. Richly layered textures, multimedia installations, detailed intricacies of lace and tapestry create a larger-than-life visual feast designed to delight the senses.The Casspir project is being showcased, as part of the WOMEN’S WORK: crafting stories, subverting narratives exhibition, at the Iziko South African National Gallery until February 28th, 2017. Thereafter, it will travel South Africa, tour the United States and conclude its run at the SCOPE art fair in Miami. The exhibition will run at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa until 30th April 2017.
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