Jack Bell Gallery - Roelof Petrus Van Wyk
07 March 2013
The latest exhibition at Jack Bell Gallery presents a series of stunning photographic portraits by Johnannesburg based artist Roelof Petrus van Wyk. Continuing on the same theme as his 2011 exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, this large-scale collection explores 'whiteness' and 'Afrikaner' identities and their relationship to what it means to be African today. Entitled ‘Jong Afrikaner’, the project captures post-apartheid Afrikaners in a style which references traditional portrait painting without adhering to ‘traditional pictorial conventions and technologies that produced taxonomic representations of race’. These striking portraits are showcased alongside previously unseen landscapes, mapping out spaces of ‘inequality, poverty and resistance in the mining and farming sectors’. The works explore the friction created by globalisation and state politics and raise interesting questions on political and cultural transformation in Africa.
This is the artist’s first exhibition with Jack Bell Gallery and our design team were delighted to frame the collection to a museum quality. View the works 5th – 16th March, 2013.