Single Channel Video
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Nick Cave’s Gestalt is a video quite unlike some of his earlier works. In this serene and quiet work, we see a number of performers (adorned in Cave’s famous Soundsuits). The performers are ‘stuck’ in an incredibly clinical white space, as their movements cause tension between the quietness of the space and the often jarring movements of the performers. Their interaction with the space is an enigmatic one and suggestive of constriction and perhaps a hint of lunacy. The performers ability to move in and out of the space suggest that, although they have the means to escape, there is an inherent self control, alluding to the idea of Foucault’s panopticon.
This foreign occupation of space is one further investigated and documented by Thenjiwe Nkosi in Le Tchad: True Heart. The artist presents us with a visual, video diary of her travels to Chad in 2008, a time when the country was undergoing unfortunate political turmoil. In the video, we see the artist as she constantly reinvests, reimagines and reconstructs her identity to fit the specific times and spaces she encounters on her journey.