The OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art will be presenting
December 1, 2010 to Feb 1, 2011
DRAMA in SEVEN ACTS
-"Girl Culture" by Lauren Greenfield
-"Corpus - Beyond The Body" by Alvin Booth
-"Mamelodi Hostel" by Themba Hadebe
-"Struggling to Share The Promised Land" by David Lurie
-"Vibrations" by Euro Rotelli
-"Listening to Cement" by Robert Stivers
-"Child Soldiers of Sierra' Leone by Guy Tillim
The exhibition at OMC Gallery shows work of seven internationally renown photographers from three continents, who represent masterfully very individual positions of Contemporary Photography.
Ours is a society hooked on packaging and hyped on sexuality, on the desire for fame and attention, for beautiful bodies and fabulous clothes and the illusion of importance that comes with having the right stuff. Girls seem especially susceptible to the blandishments of a materialistic culture that ceaselessly tells them that their bodies are themselves - Lauren Greenfield's Girl Culture has attracted more than
600.000 visitors in Museums nationwide.
Uniquely synthesizing classical nude photography and contemporary formal approaches, Alvin Booth offers a rich, new perspective on a timeless subject. Boldly sexualized and emotionally intense, his nudes possess a refined sensuality that is rarely found in visual art today.
Themba Hadebe takes you on a tour to Malebi Hostel: Migrant workers pour into Johannesburg and surrounding areas in search of work. Many of them are single men and find themselves living in hostels around the city.
Despite political Zionism's realization of the Jewish State, Jews in Israel today are deeply divided. In turn, these divisions have hampered Israel's progress towards reaching final peace settlements in exchange for occupied land with Palestinians as well as with Syria and Lebanon. "Struggling to share the promised land " reflects David Lurie' s perspective of the conflict.
In "Vibrations" Euro Rotelli creates a homage to beauty and harmony. His 'Nudes' remind the viewer of ancient Greek statues and his eye for composition and the careful attention he pays to the sweeping harmony of the whole, create an atmosphere both delicate and intriguing.
Robert Stivers' photographs transform flesh into cement and back again. "Listening to Cement" reminds us that all things, animate and inanimate, have life and can lead us into realms of spirituality and intrigue. In short, this work by Stivers does express a combination of life and death: sensual pleasure corrupted by a dread of the horror of life, and a struggle to find meaning in the void of experience.
Child Soldiers of Sierra Leone, photographs, taken buy Guy Tillim in July 2001, are both penetrating and intimate, and display Tillim' s distinctive aesthetic. His images are often of harsh realities, but he is seldom invasive or confrontational in his approach. He tends to look at situations from a side view, as a passive but empathetic spectator, and seeks an unusual yet humane moment to provide a lingering disquiet to the image.