Hentie van der Merwe
Details from 'Portraits from a Grid'
On show in Geneva


From: Saul Greenberg

Subject: Hentie van der Merwe

Can you tell me what happened to this up-and-coming artist, whose last exhibition I recall was at the Generator Space in June 1997 and then moved to Namibia in July 1997?

- Hentie van der Merwe has recently returned from Geneva, where he was invited to make an installation on an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the first exhibition dealing with HIV in 1988. The 1998 show is called 'Aids World: Between Resignation and Hope', and will be on at the Center d'Art Contemporain in Geneva for the next four months before travelling to London and Berlin.

For his installation Portraits from a Grid, Van der Merwe interviewed HIV positive people in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and asked 18 each to select a favourite personal object to be photographed, and to make a statement about that object. Respondents chose such items as a childhood doll, a dildo. A panel across each photograph categorised the owner, such as White, Female, Heterosexual, and the soft personal tone of the statements was contrasted with interspersed text about AIDS taken from the press.

Van der Merwe is also in the process of completing his studies for his Master's degree in fine art, and has been selected to be on the 'Dreams and Clouds' show which opens at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm on October 8.

From: "Mark & Sharon J. Hebel"

Subject: Magazine

I am interested in a subscription to your magazine.

- ArtThrob exists online only and access is free. New issues go up on the first of the month. What we can do is send you an e-mail reminder on that day to look at the site.

From: Zayd Minty, Living Culture and Arts Office, Robben Island Museum

Subject: Information

Well, I finally made it to ArtThrob and am most impressed. Great way to update on everything happening. Bravo! Expect some material soon on an exhibition of six emerging artists from different part of SA, 'Isintu', going first to the Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide Australia, in October and then coming to the SA National Gallery in Cape Town in March 1999, together with works by indigenous Australian artists. That show is entitled 'Ceremony, Identity, Community'. 'Isintu' is curated by Tumelo Mosaka and myself and includes Sandile Zulu, Usha Prajapant, Ezekial Budeli, Nathi Khanyile, Bernadette Searle and Ayanda Mje.

- Please keep ArtThrob informed.


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