"For me, it’s about just sitting in the body and working with the body – with my hands – with material matter, not with ‘ideas’ about the self. This approach comes from my interest in identity and the narratives that make us. It’s an important feature of my work that it is so physical and non-verbal while dealing with subjects like gender identity which have so much language around it. This is how I will approach Tranås.”

- Mark Rautenbach

Mark Rautenbach is a sculptural artist and textile designer based in Cape Town. Originally from Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu-Natal, Rautenbach completed his tertiary studies at the University of Natal.

He lectured design for a number of years at Cape Peninsula University of Technology [CPUT], and education recurs as a theme in his work along with identities born out of narratives [yarns]. He has shown at The south African National Gallery, Spier, Brundyn+, Room, David Krut Projects, Eclectica Design & Art and Ebony/curated. More >>>


Title: Us - (U) telling (s) stories

Media: The performance uses craft circles as a methodology and clothing as material. It's performed by visiting artist Mark Rautenbach and the citizens of Tranås.


Us affords both a cathartic gesture, the untelling, and a declaration of allegiance to a more responsible and less fear-based way of being. Us uses a collection of actions which alchemise material through philosophical and artistic means; it's a seasonal Spring cleaning.

In English yarn, long twisted lengths of fibres, also means story. For this performance yarn = story and clothing = identity.

Yarn is produced during early Spring, within interior spaces. Spaces where people are relaxed and let their guard down.

Yarn is fashioned from clothing: the panels of a garment are 'filleted' from the seams. This releases the material of identity from what it was defined by. It returns identity to a virtual state. The panel is then cut in such a way as to produce a continuous length; yarn. This yarn is the story the identity is made from.


Realisation/Stay in Tranås :  Possibly September (Orig date April, 2020 ) 
Artist Talk:
  New date pending (April, 16 2020)


- Comments to be added in regards to research week.-

Artists in DISTANCIO:  Mark Rautenbach - Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen, Rui MourãoMelissa Vandenberg 

Curator: Anna Viola Hallberg 

With support from: Region Jönköpings län with Mullsjö, Gnosjö, Tranås and Värnamo municipalities.     Curator: Anna Viola Hallberg   Contact: curator @