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"Irrespektiv": Kendell Geers at Mart Rovereto

  • 31

    October 2009
  • 17

    January 2010
Mart Rovereto, Rovereto  

From October 31, 2009, to January 17, 2010, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto will exhibit the work of internationally known artist Kendell Geers in the show Irrespektiv.


The exhibition will present a large selection of the South African artist's work and represents the first attempt to bring together all of the major themes of his career.  The show is a collaborative production involving museums and art institutions in Belgium, England, France and Italy.


Geer's creative work is intended to inspire visitors to question topical social and political issues.  The title of the exhibition, "Irrespektiv," consciously parodies the term "retrospective" and speaks to both the show's tone and its objective of provocation.


The artist explores and crosses borders in the broadest sense - including geographic, linguistic, political, social, sexual and psychological boundaries.  Geers' work exemplifies the artist's need to participate in the world in which he lives.  His approach requires a commitment to art that involves the artist on an intensely personal level.


Having been at the forefront of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Geers' artistic commitment is passionately marked by universal concerns.  Topics such as segregation, security, violence, racism and the oppression of minorities - almost anything connected with the restriction of people's freedoms - are core themes of his art.


It should be noted that, in Geers' work, even while stirring controversy, there is always an important, underlying element of irony: He avoids imposing his personal views, instead choosing to invite the viewer to reflect on his or her own choices.


In all of the venues that have hosted this exhibition, the artist has modified the presentation, ensuring that each show is different and unique.  In his usual, inimitable style, Geers incorporates the distinctive features of the exhibition space into his artistic and visual design.




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