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Sunday, February 22, 2015


(Work by Vicki Ross)

Narratives of My Mind, an MTech exhibition by Vicki Ross exploring perfomativity in art as reconstructions of the self in addressing conditions of depression is running at the KZNSA Gallery.

The motivation for this MTech study results from the notion that art-making is a regenerative enriching process that can counteract the sense of dislocation one suffers as a consequence of depression. The exhibition has two objectives: to open a discourse around the transformative function of art for a person suffering depression, and to challenge notions of normality by presenting alternative realities of the performative mind.

“From the earliest memories of my life, I knew I did not fit in, I was not part of the crowd,” explains Ross. “Depression has been my companion ever since I can remember. This performative self-study is an interrogation of the ways in which my art becomes a self-actualising recovery process. This exhibition deals with narratives of the mind, that is, conversations between who people think I am, my inner-critic and who I really am. My art is intimately connected to my life as related to my states of being, my mind-spaces in depression. I have therefore, positioned myself as the pivot for my art-making, drawing on authentic personal experiential knowledge. It is thus an autobiographical phenomenological self-reflexive exploration addressing concepts of difference and belonging in relation to social constructs of acceptability. “

The overall intention of the exhibition is to explore the potential in creative practice as transformative – “the re-construction of who we are, rather than how we are perceived.”

Narratives of My Mind has its last day tomorrow (February 22). The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit