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

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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).

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