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Paradise Fallen: Blaxis

7 September 2021

Zen Marie’s Paradise Fallen: Blaxis explores the art of landscape cinematography; how the camera lens allows the artist to capture the dynamic energy of landscapes as they change and evolve. This exhibition forms a third iteration of Marie’s Paradise Fallen project which spans over ten years and was started in 2010 during Marie’s multiple residencies at the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal.
The first two iterations focused on footage developed in and around the islands off the peninsula of Dakar. This iteration; Paradise Fallen: Blaxis, is located across the landscapes around the Karoo’s Valley of Desolation and the Maloti-UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountain range.
Paradise Fallen: Blaxis is a meditation on landscapes, using a lens that not only highlights their beauty, but also acknowledges how landscapes are bookmarks or memorials to the history and forgotten narratives that have taken place within them.
The exhibition will culminate in a live sonic intervention, on the 21st of September, where two bands The Wretched and BLKJKS, will respond to the work through their music. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the live intervention will be closed to the public, but the documentation of the work will be premiered online at a later date via the Space for Creative Black Imagination at MICA in Baltimore.
The exhibition forms part of the artist’s submission towards a practice-based PhD at the Wits School of Arts.

Participating: Zen Marie


Address: Corner Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 717 1365
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00.


Thoughts think themselves

Participating: Pierre Vermeulen

Opening: Saturday 4 December 2021 at 11:00 - 21 January 2022

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