Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Cesar A Cruz
Quoin Rock Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, launched its inaugural art exhibition on December 8.
Featuring contemporary photography by a range of artists, the showcase is a point of departure from traditional wine farm exhibitions.
Art, intellect and passion translate perfectly into what has been created at Quoin Rock, and interpret the philosophies of the current custodians, the Gaiduk family.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes, visitors can explore the estate, making their way through the cellar walkway, where the works of art will be displayed, and continue to enjoy the Gåte restaurant and sprawling lawn areas.
Titled Content, this group exhibition includes work by the late photography master David Goldblatt, established photographer Ashley Walters and new artists Noncedo Gxekwa, Strauss Louw, Elsa Smit and Nina Zimolong.
The exhibition is curated by celebrated fine art photographer Daniel Naudé, who made a name for himself with his striking animal photography in 2006, and continues to enjoy international success.
The artists have drawn inspiration from the theme, Content, and their interpretations have resulted in a meandering cultural journey presented to the viewer through the lenses of South African photographers.
Sometimes stark interpretations of a frozen moment in time; sometimes kaleidoscopic swirls creating reinterpretations of the original subject; often bold, unapologetic reality laid bare.
Reflections on the past. New ways of viewing the present. Tentative anticipation for the future.
A visual meditation on the world around us.
An addition to the exhibition is the opportunity for visitors to view the works with an audio tour on their cellphones which is scripted, and sometimes narrated, by the artists themselves.
The audio tour is available in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, French and German. Visitors can also choose to experience the exhibition by reading the information plaques on display.
There is no cost to view the exhibition, which will be on display from Monday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm, until the end of March.
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