Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"SILENCE AND DREAMS" at Oslo's Stenersen Museum

From a distance the eight figures that form Nandipha Mntambo’s installation entitled “Silence and Dreams” look like disturbing charred human bodies, limbs missing, and legs slowly but relentlessly melting away. Upon closer inspection, though, the figures reveal a sort of secret beauty as they are actually made of stiffened dark brown and black cowhide and cows’ tails. Mntambo’s installation, set to question and challenge stereotypical ideas of femininity and the female form, is just one of the works showcased at the exhibition ”Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art” that recently opened at Oslo’s Stenersen Museum.

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