Disguise
The art of attracting and deflecting attention

15 May - 5 July 2008

Michael Stevenson is pleased to present Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention. The exhibition marks the opening of the gallery's new premises in Woodstock, Cape Town, on Thursday 15 May, and the gallery's fifth birthday celebrations.

In popular culture, the archetypal disguise is Superman's pair of glasses, which turn him into Clark Kent. This particular case reveals something: often that which is disguised is hidden in plain view. Everyone familiar with the movies or comic strips has wondered, at some point, why Lois Lane does not recognise that her two love interests are one and the same.

The implications of outward appearance are amplified in the case of Africa and its diaspora because of the historical significance of skin colour. Perhaps as a result, there is a profound engagement with disguise in the work of many artists with links to the continent. Disguise brings together artists from South Africa, the continent and beyond who investigate the processes of attracting or, conversely, deflecting attention.

The exhibition explores threads of pageantry, trauma, drag, political pretence, fashion and stealth in the work of Yto Barrada, Zander Blom, Dineo Bopape, Wim Botha, Candice Breitz, Nick Cave, Steven Cohen, Rotimi Fani-Kayodé, Dumile Feni, David Goldblatt, Simon Gush, Pieter Hugo, Lunga Kama, Natasja Kensmil, Kalup Linzy, Julie Mehretu, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Youssef Nabil, JD 'Okhai Ojeikere, Athi-Patra Ruga, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare and Penny Siopis. It features a range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and video.

The exhibition is curated by Joost Bosland, also the curator of the side gallery project at Michael Stevenson which was introduced in 2007.

Disguise opens on Thursday 15 May from 6 to 8pm. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Joost Bosland will give a free public walkabout of the exhibition on Saturday 17 May at 11am. All are welcome. There will also be a walkabout for the Friends of the National Gallery on Thursday 22 May at 11am.



Candice Breitz
Marilyn Manson Monument, Berlin, June 2007



Candice Breitz
Marilyn Manson Monument, Berlin, June 2007
Installation view



Steven Cohen
Golgotha #1



Steven Cohen
Golgotha
Video stills



Steven Cohen
Installation view



Zanele Muholi
La Rochelle III



Zanele Muholi
La Rochelle I



Zanele Muholi
La Rochelle II



Dineo Bopape
Dreamweaver installation view



Dineo Bopape
Dreamweaver video stills





Installation view



Installation view



Simon Gush
Anticipating Ever installation view



Simon Gush
Anticipating Ever



David Goldblatt
Gathering of Jehovah's Witnesses, Jabulani Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg. 1972



David Goldblatt
She said to him, 'You be the driver and I'll be the madam', then they picked up the fender and posed. Hillbrow, Johannesburg. 1975



David Goldblatt
A flat cleaner going for a walk on his afternoon off, Hillbrow, Johannesburg. June 1972



David Goldblatt
Offices of the Department of Economic Affairs and/or the Department of Justice, Civic Square, Bisho, capital of the Republic of Ciskei (Eastern Cape). 10 July 1990



David Goldblatt
The Legislative Assembly Building, Giyani, capital of the Republic of Gazankulu (Limpopo Province). 10 April 1989



David Goldblatt
The Legislative Assembly Building of the non-independent Bantustan of KwaZulu with a memorial to Shaka, King of the Zulus, Ulundi (KwaZulu-Natal). 27 May 1990



David Goldblatt
The National Monument of the Republic of Ciskei at Ntaba kaNdoda (Eastern Cape). 10 July 1990



David Goldblatt
Statue in commemoration of the first political prisoner on Robben Island, Chief Autshumato, and symbolically, by means of the statue's modern 'cellular underpants', the most recent political prisoners on the Island, those of apartheid ...



Installation view



Installation view



Claudette Schreuders
Eclipse



Claudette Schreuders
Eclipse (detail)



Zander Blom
Untitled. Bedroom 1, Corner 3. 3.14pm, Thursday, 29 March 2007

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Zander Blom
Untitled or Dynamic Decomposition. Bedroom 1, Corner 3. 6.56pm, Sunday, 20 May 2007



Julie Mehretu
The Residual



Julie Mehretu
Unclosed



Natasja Kensmil
The Exorcism of Anastasia Romanov (triptych) panel 1



Panel 2



Panel 3



Penny Siopis
Ambush

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Penny Siopis
Ambush (detail)



Dumile Feni
Who Gets It?



Nandipha Mntambo
Europa

Edition sold out



Nandipha Mntambo
Mlwa ne Nkunzi (diptych)

Edition sold out




Athi-Patra Ruga
'... but don't worry you can suntan' (for Katrina)



Athi-Patra Ruga
'... but don't worry you can suntan' (for Katrina)
Performance



Athi-Patra Ruga
'... but don't worry you can suntan' (for Katrina)



Athi-Patra Ruga
The Sun Highlights the Lack in Each



Athi-Patra Ruga
Polka Dot Bikini



Athi-Patra Ruga
X2 Watusies Blowing



Athi-Patra Ruga
First Moment of Rejection (Mom and Dad)



Athi-Patra Ruga
First Moment of Rejection (My First)



Installation view



Installation view



Nick Cave
Soundsuit



Nick Cave
Soundsuit



Nick Cave
Soundsuit (detail)



Zanele Muholi
Miss D'vine I

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Zanele Muholi
Miss D'vine II



Zanele Muholi
Miss D'vine IV



Pieter Hugo
Chommy Choko Eli, Florence Owanta, Kelechi Anwuacha. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008

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Pieter Hugo
Gabazzini Zuo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008



Pieter Hugo
Dike Ngube and Gold Gabriel. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008



Kalup Linzy
SweetBerry Sonnet





JD 'Okhai Ojeikere
DRA 261/69: Scene from Isé as performed by the Edo Cultural Troupe in 1969



JD 'Okhai Ojeikere
DRA 186/67: Scene from a play performed by Yaba College of Technology in 1967



JD 'Okhai Ojeikere
DRA 015/58: Scene from The White House Inn as performed by the University of Ibadan Theatre Arts Students in 1958



Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Untitled



Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Untitled



Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Untitled



Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Four Twins



Youssef Nabil
Ghada Amer, Cairo 2006



Youssef Nabil
Shirin Neshat, Casablanca 2007

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Lunga Kama
Ubuhle Bumnyama



Berni Searle
Once Removed (Head I, II, III)







Berni Searle
Once Removed (Lap I, II, III)







Yinka Shonibare
Odile and Odette



Yinka Shonibare
Odile and Odette



Yto Barrada
The Smuggler's Belt, Steps 1 to 9



Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as an Exile

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Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as an Exile

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Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as an Exile

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Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as a Heretic

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Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as a Heretic

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Wim Botha
Generic Self-portrait as a Heretic and Generic Self-portrait as an Exile installation view

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