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Monday, November 25, 2013


(An emotive work by Karen Pretorius on this exhibition)

Award-winning artist’s tribute to her daughter.

Karen Pretorius’s Narratives of Memory is on exhibition at artSPACE, Durban. It pays homage to her daughter, Alex Mazzoni, who died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver on the night of her matric farewell.

The installation comprises artefacts and graffiti on ‘floating walls’, photographs and digital works. This intensely private work explores how place and memory affect the mourning of a loved one.

Pretorius says, “This work comments on the effect of traumatic memory in daily life situations and experiences.” The evocative works combine multimedia and paint techniques, creating a sense of being ‘out of focus’ or ‘just out of reach’. This between-space, spanning the real and the remembered, guided her working process and inspired the floating installation.

According to Pretorius: “Contemporary artists comment on social, political and environmental concerns. We must be able to critically explore personal tragedy.” Narratives of Memory is a brave, personal confrontation with the universal theme of traumatic memory.

Karen Pretorius was presented with a Merit Award in the prestigious Sasol New Signatures 2013 competition. Her third year work in 2012 garnered her an Excellence Award from UNISA.

Narratives of Memory runs until November 30 at 14h00 at artSPACE, Durban.

Contact Claus or Karen Bradtke on 031 312 0793.The gallery is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) in, Durban.