Michael Linders | The philosophy of bullshit

From Bhagwan’s Rajneeshism to Jim Jones’ The People’s Temple, cults have a long, fascinating history. Their working mechanisms of manipulation, isolation and brainwashing have been studied and analysed in books, articles and documentaries, but there is something ghoulishly attractive about them that makes us wonder: how is the life inside a cult? Artist Michael Linders explores so in his solo show I’m Done, on view at Smith in Cape Town until February 15, where he’s presenting a variety of artworks exploring idolization, egomania, psychology, community and group behaviour.

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IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN: WE REFLECT ON THESE PAST MONTHS TO SEE OUR UPS AND DOWNS, OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND FAILURES, OUR BEST AND WORST. AND, OF COURSE, WE DO THIS WHILE THINKING ON WHAT’S NEXT, ON WHAT WILL THE NEW YEAR BRING US.

On view until January 11, 2020, the exhibition is, in Terblanche’s words, “a celebration of all that was achieved in 2019, and looks towards 2020 with renewed energy and a sense of optimism.” Through a wide range of expressions spanning painting, sculpture, textile art, light work, drawing and photography, Rendezvous II gathers the work of of twenty-four different artists tackling themes such as identity, art history, feminism, portraiture, rituals, culture, representation, absence or mythology among others.

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Sepideh Mehraban reminds us; “It takes years to heal from trauma, but it is not impossible.”

“History and the past are not one and the same.” it is this very simple yet resonant line that makes me pay attention to Sepideh Mehraban’s latest show; Until The Lions Have Their Own Historians, The History Of The Hunt Will Always Glorify The Hunter. The setting off point for this exhibition (which includes eight works of mixed media on found carpets) is, of course, a quote from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

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What was remembered? Sepideh Mehraban’s ‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’

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We begin at what appears to be another abstraction. Gobs of paint and elegant strokes, lush and formless. But take a closer look, and curious details appear: a glue spill, a newspaper column, and beneath all that, the worn, faded threads of a Persian carpet. These are the palimpsestuous works that make up Sepideh Mehraban’s latest solo show at Smith, ‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’.

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Meaning mutates with Bananas and Saints Alike

Katharien de Villiers’ Bananas and Saints Alike is a seedbed for humour, exploration, fantasy and joyful emergence. In this exhibition, showing at SMITH in Cape Town (till 30th Nov), de Villiers presents a collection of paintings in mixed media—fabric, wood, oil pastels, acrylic, car paint and found objects—these components that do not always exist together in a gallery setting create a complicated and irregular network of paths, inviting the viewer to join in on the journey of meaning-making through spontaneous and undirected playfulness.

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