Morné Visagie - Die Bloue Wis

Exhibition: Die Bloue Wis

The Artist

Morné Visagie (born 1989) is a South African artist, printmaker and curator who lives and works in Cape Town. He is primary represented by What lf The World Gallery (Cape Town). Visagie graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2011. Visagie trained as a professional printmaker at Warren Editions, a fine artprint studio in Cape Town. He is also the curator of a commission based project gallery, Open 24 HRS. This year, Visagie started his Masters in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. He has had several solo exhibitions, of which the most recent, titled "Fountain", was held at Smith Gallery (Cape Town).

The exhibition

"Die Bloue Wis" at Nuweland Gall…

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The Artist

Morné Visagie (born 1989) is a South African artist, printmaker and curator who lives and works in Cape Town. He is primary represented by What lf The World Gallery (Cape Town). Visagie graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2011. Visagie trained as a professional printmaker at Warren Editions, a fine artprint studio in Cape Town. He is also the curator of a commission based project gallery, Open 24 HRS. This year, Visagie started his Masters in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. He has had several solo exhibitions, of which the most recent, titled "Fountain", was held at Smith Gallery (Cape Town).

The exhibition

"Die Bloue Wis" at Nuweland Gallery, is an exhibition of selected works of the last eight years. Growing up on Robben lsland, the Atlantic Ocean that separated Visagie from the Mainland became a recurring metaphor in his imagination, and for the past eight years, the colour blue has been the primary medium in his work; a personal symbol of death, loss, nostalgia, memory, religion, sexuality, exile and distance.

With his current work, he is researching Robben lsland's history as a place of dislocation and loss for those who have been discriminated against (banished and incarcerated there), and the sea, in this case the Atlantic Ocean, as a transitional space between life and death. The underlying violence in his work subtly deals with this notion of death in evocative and sensual ways. Through breaking ideas down to abstract forms and colour, Visagie visually strips the work of the historical, psychological and conceptual weight it carries; creating something that can be experienced through immersion of oneself into a place of wonder and resonance that alludes to the subtext of violence, but understood through beauty.

The vernissage

In the presence of the artist, the exhibition will be officially opened by Bart Luirink. Luirink (1954) is a journalist and writer. He worked nearly 20 years as a correspondent in Johannesburg. He published Pure Gold, Other stories from South Africa (2010) and together with co-author Madeleine Maurick Homosexuality in Africa, A disturbing love (2017). He is currently editor-in-chief of www.zammagazine.com. As a (South) Africa specialist, he regularly acts as a commentator, speaker and moderator.

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  • every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 5th, 2019from 10:00 to 17:00

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