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6 February 2019

Offering a fresh assortment of Murray’s idiosyncratic critters, ‘Hide’ sees the artist moving away from the pointed political critique of his work from recent years, and instead casting softer stones in wider directions, or even inwards. While still reserving plenty of anthropomorphic denunciations for ‘Instagram Revolutionaries’ and the ‘Twitter Nostra’, in this body of work the artist sometimes looks closer to home.
In many ways, ‘Hide’ is a spiritual successor to Brett Murray’s 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition ‘White Like Me’; an introspective stock-take on the artist’s positionality within the social climate of South Africa at a particular moment. Rather than specifically looking at whiteness during the fervour of Rainbow Nationalism (as he did in 2002), Murray here considers the role of the satirist in relation to the Frankenstein’s monster of political debate that the social media age has spawned. 
To this end Murray adopts the wide-eyed, gaping figure of the nagapie (the Afrikaans term for the Mohol bush-baby) as a self-deprecating surrogate. Transfixed, he stares into oncoming headlights with comically-exaggerated eyes and an expression best translated as “oh shit”. Murray’s approach here is to do what he has always done: use humour as a tool to work through an extremely trying and uncertain moment in our country’s history. He extends this vision to include the global sense of confusion and fear. Here he describes a world inhabited by populist cocks, white elephants and Twitter bots.
Alongside more familiar materials in Brett Murray’s œuvre (flat Perspex cut-outs, metal texts, and sleek bronzes), ‘Hide’ al

Participating: Brett Murray


Address: V&A Waterfront 3 Portswood Rd.
Tel: 021 418 4527
Gallery hours Monday - Friday 09:00 - 18:00. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00.


Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture

Participating: William Kentridge

Opening: Saturday 24 August 2019 - 23 March 2020

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