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Saturday, April 11, 2009


Vaughan Sadie exhibition at Bank Gallery.

Bank Gallery presents Situation, a solo exhibition by Vaughn Sadie.

“Artificial light is used to mediate the everyday and the divide between the personal and the historical. Light, through illuminating the spaces we occupy, affects our social reality,” says the artist. “The nature of light is such that it can be manipulated and altered to illuminate objects and spaces revealing only the aspects that are deemed suitable or necessary.”

Situation, an installation by Vaughn Sadie due to open at Bank Gallery shortly, explores the relationship between artificial light and space.

“Our sense of place is constructed by the relationship between objects, space and artificial light,” explains Vaughn Sadie. “In this exhibition the perceived passive nature of this relationship is brought into question. The objects on show not only illuminate themselves and each other, but are also complicit in altering our perception of the spaces we occupy as well as ourselves. The use artificial light as a metaphor also raises crucial questions about power and ideology.”

Sadie is a Durban-based artist, is completing his MFA at The Durban University of Technology. He has participated in several group shows nationally and in 2007 facilitated light workshops with Jay Pather in the Spier Contemporary Performance Workshops and 2008 co-curated Light Show at Bank Gallery. He is currently completing his first large-scale public commission at the Durban ICC and is a lecturer at Vega School of Brand Innovation, Durban.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and school and tertiary education parties are welcome.

Situation runs at Bank Gallery in 217Florida Road from April 23 at 18h00 to May 28. More information on +27 31 312 6911 or email