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Warm­blooded – Karin Coet­zer

KARIN Coet­zer presents Warm­blooded, a homage in draw­ing, painting and col­lage to David At­ten­bor­ough at 91. With warmth and charm, the Bri­tish broad­caster and nat­u­ral­ist in­tro­duced gen­er­a­tions to the won­ders of the nat­u­ral world. This col­lec­tion of images is a vis­ual re­sponse of grat­i­tude to his work and the mys­tery and rich­ness he has given us ac­cess to through the TV screen. At­ten­bor­ough has laid bare the ex­traor­di­nar­i­ness of our planet and con­tin­ues to do so with great whis­pered en­thu­si­asm. His fas­ci­na­tion pre­cedes our own and this makes him a most com­pelling muse. In this deeply un­com­fort­able ex­tended mo­ment in which it seems hu­man­ity is surely headed for eco­log­i­cal Ar­maged­don. It should fol­low that our per­cep­tion of the nat­u­ral world as an un­lim­ited un­touched wilder­ness must change and be re­placed with an un­der­stand­ing that ac­knowl­edges its vul­ner­a­bil­ity and our crit­i­cal role in it. The nat­u­ral world as sub­ject mat­ter takes on new mean­ing in the mod­ern con­text. The pre­dictable nos­tal­gia and ro­man­ti­cism of land­scape im­agery now too rep­re­sents the idea of creep­ing loss. From 9am-5pm, Salon 91, Kloof Street, Gar­dens

iim­pun­dulu zonke ziyandi­lan­dela – Nicholas Hlobo

NICHOLAS Hlobo’s iim­pun­dulu zonke ziyandi­lan­dela, orig­i­nally cre­ated for the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), com­bines rub­ber in­ner tub­ing, mul­ti­coloured rib­bons, an an­i­mal skull and pink the­atre lights. As light streams in from the glass topped atrium, this mas­sive bird hov­ers over us. Hlobo se­duces us with the haunt­ing lul­laby he has cre­ated for this piece. As oral his­to­ries in­evitably dis­ap­pear, Hlobo rep­re­sents the Xhosa myth of the Light­ning Bird, or the witch’s ser­vant, man­i­fest­ing it­self as a bird or an at­trac­tive man. Hlobo, how­ever, morphs the myth to par­tic­u­lar per­sonal con­cerns tak­ing into ac­count taboos as­so­ci­ated with mas­culin­ity and vi­o­lence. The gen­eros­ity of Hlobo’s prac­tice al­lows us to enter a fan­tas­ti­cal world not nor­mally ac­ces­si­ble to us. Tickets R185, 9am-5pm, Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, V&A Water­front

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