As­sim­i­la­tion - Corné Ek­steen

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS -

AS­SIM­I­LA­TION is tra­di­tion­ally de­fined as the process by which a per­son or per­sons ac­quire the so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of a group. How­ever, within the so­cial dy­nam­ics of the post-in­for­ma­tion age, the fac­tors that de­fine a group, a cul­ture, even a na­tional iden­tity has much wider reach and in­flu­ence. We live in a hy­per-con­nected so­ci­ety where we are will­ingly sub­mit­ting to the val­ues and opin­ions of the group, where our sense of per­sonal iden­tity and cul­tural val­ues are sub­ject to pub­lic scru­tiny and con­stant eval­u­a­tion. Our tra­di­tional sense of com­mu­nity has been re­placed by a “hive-mind” men­tal­ity that doesn’t tol­er­ate or em­brace al­ter­na­tive opin­ions, op­po­si­tion and sub-cul­tures. Through the use of por­trai­ture the works ex­plore how our own sense of per­sonal and cul­tural iden­tity is be­ing sub­jected to the ex­pec­ta­tions, val­ues and norms pre­sented by the “hive-mind”. Through the cre­ation of new archetypes and stereo­types it will ex­plore the un­der­min­ing of in­di­vid­u­al­ity, oth­er­ness, sub-cul­tures and tra­di­tional cul­ture through group pres­sure to­wards a ho­mo­ge­neous cul­ture and world view. Gallery hours 9am-5pm, ArtS­PACE, Mil­lar Road, Berea

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