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, 2018
ABOUT THE ARTIST AND THE WORK
African artist Mark Rautenbach lives in Cape Town. He would have worked
in Tranås during April-May. Instead, the country and the world were
shut down due to the pandemic. A reality that we all had to relate to.
The interpersonal distance that DISTANCIO revolves around was given
another bottom, created by what came to be called social distancing. But
even before that, Mark Rautenbach intended to work with talking about
distance and identity through his work. Via video calls, a number of
collective performances were carried out partly to collaborate and
discuss democracy, inclusion, cultural heritage through art but also to
jointly create the material that makes up the sculpture installed in
Tranås public spaces. The work was added by Mark Rautenbach inviting to
talks from his studio in Cape Town.It became a reflection of the time we
are in, of Tranås' future and history. Via Mark Ratuenbach's
performance / craft circle, a larger story was revealed at the same time
as yarn was produced from the clothes he had brought with him. Stories
were woven together.
Further reading about the process >>>
Rautenbach is a graduate of the University of Natal. Among other things, he has been a teacher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
DISTANCIO has been developed in collaboration with the cultural administration (varying): Claes Sjökvist and Region Jönköping County: Mike Bode and Märit Lundsten. Collaboration also took place with Epic, Kultivera and Omställning Tranås. Curator: Anna Viola Hallberg
Comments to n slide shows:
1. Sculpture of deconstructed clothes and a video that holds documentation images from the gatherings and Mark Ratutenbach's reflections on identity, Tranås and the special time that prevails.
2. Street view outside gallery Smatten, Tranås. The plant installed for 3 weeks from October 21, 2020.
"For Tranås to receive a South African artist who during his stay will enrich the Tranås area and the region with his art. Mark Rautenbach lives and works in his homeland, from Tranås measured about 1,010 km by bird or 1,570 km by car, so who will not be curious and impatient? "
- Claes Sjökvist, Kultursekreterare, Tranås, 2018
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