Archive: Issue No. 79, March 2004

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Berni Searle

Berni Searle
From 'Resting 1,2,3' series, 2003
digital print on Photo Lustre photographic paper

Jean Brundrit

Untitled (The pink issue)

pink noun

1: any of a group of colours bluish red to red in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation;
2a: the scarlet colour of a fox hunter's coat; also: a fox hunter's coat of this colour;
2b: pink-coloured clothing;
2c plural: light-coloured trousers formerly worn by army officers.

pinko noun

1: pejorative a person who holds advanced liberal or moderately radical political or economic views

List of contributions: Storm Janse van Rensburg, the first and one of the very few to have hitherto examined this issue's theme kicks off with, amongst other things, a fascinating account of an almost-lost archive. Andrew Verster notes that there is a difference between being a gay artist and an artist who happens to be gay. Kim Stern, co-curator of YDEsire and director of Bread and Butter took time out of her hectic schedule to send in a pictorial contribution, as did a contributor who preferred to remain anonymous. Virginia MacKenny looks at the work of young graduates from the Durban Institute of Technology. Andre Vorster, organiser of the Mother City Queer Project, gives us a humorous snapshot from his life. Michael Stevenson asks if the 'Pink Issue' is about a real issue at all. Steven Cohen concludes the debate with a clarion call: "Not pink - red, purple and inflamed!"


   [03.03.04] Berni Searle at Michael Stevenson
'Vapour' is Berni Searle's fourth and most elaborately staged of all her videos. Sue Williamson misses the central involvement of the artist in this new series of works.