FNB JOBURGARTFAIR We highlights, talk to special projects guest curator Dr Zoe Whitley and showcase this year’s featured artist Robin Rhode in our exclusive insider’s guide
Having been the featured artist at the inaugural FNB JoburgArtFair in 2008, Robin Rhode is once again centre stage at the 2017 edition. Find out more about his art practice and the work he is presenting at this year’s event
at the inaugural FNB JoburgArtFair in 2008, the featured artist was Robin Rhode, the acclaimed multimedia practitioner whose work merges performance, drawing, photography, music and film to blur the lines between the two-dimensional and threedimensional, the real and the imaginary. To celebrate the Fair’s 10th anniversary, he has again been selected as its featured artist.
For Rhode, who has lived in Berlin for the past 15 years, the intervening decade has been defined by continued exposure at international institutions and fairs, such as MoMA in New York and the 56th Venice Biennale, but also by a contemplation of his connection to South Africa. ‘I think that living in the African diaspora for 15 years has allowed me to develop modes of expression that reflect my own questioning of the world and the spaces I occupy, physically and emotionally, as well as my grappling with the position of having an artistic practice and personal life that are deeply rooted in both worlds – South Africa and Germany,’ he says.
FNB JoburgArtFair 2017 featured artist Robin Rhode and details of his artworks ‘Lute of Pythagoras’ (below), ‘Birdman’ (below right) and ‘Carry On’ (opposite).