DORIS BLOOM | SOD – myth of origin and other african stories

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Exhibitions / Projects | Doris Bloom - SOD

solo exhibition

exhibition opening:
tuesday april 6th, 2004 – 6.30pm

exhibition closing:
may 8th, 2004

opening hours:
tuesday to saturday, 4-8pm

about.

In this solo exhibition Doris Bloom shows a new series of paintings and photographs, which witness and highlight the complex and continuing relation of the artist to deeply different contexts and cultures.

The ten photographs (1995) on show explore violence, that the artist lives as a memory from her childhood in South Africa: images arranged in tableaux vivants – which might as well be mistaken for real documents – witness the fragments of an experience that Bloom carried within herself since her early childhood and that only now, after many years in Denmark and the fall of the apartheid, she feels ready to reveal visually.

The memories concern fissures in that iron grip of order which the regime sought to enforce upon the culture, but which cracked even more violently when the control weakened. It is not simply the violence of Whites’ against Blacks, but also the violence which has spread among the Blacks themselves. For Bloom these brutal events are not limited to the human domain alone, but are part of a strange pact with the South African nature as a whole. It is nature itself which in reality reveals its violent face when the old order collapses.

In the three large paintings (2003, Columbia in Texas, cm.160 x 205; Good hope in a bottle, cm.160 x 205, Welsh Bell II, cm. 200 x 300), the recurring themes in Bloom’s creative universe emerge: memory, chaos, decadence and rebirth; they take shape through classical and archaic sets of symbols that belong to the two cultures between which Bloom’s artistic and cultural experience develops.

This show is part of FotoGrafia, the Third International Photography Festival of Rome. Doris Bloom ‘s work is also included in the group show about contemporary South African photography Sugar in the Petrol, curated by the artist herself with Stefania Miscetti, on show at the British School at Rome, via Gramsci 61, from Monday 5 April until 4 June 2004.

Read and download the exhibition’s press release.

artist.

for a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.

 

works.

here below some images from DORIS BLOOM’s SOD.

more exhibitions.

more exhibitions by DORIS BLOOM with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: BUON DOMANI A BETTER TOMORROW

BUON DOMANI – A BETTER TOMORROW

group show
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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Project: DORIS BLOOM - Sugar in the petrol

DORIS BLOOM

sugar in the petrol
september 17-19th, 2004
british school rome

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: ANABLEPS Group show

ANABLEPS

group show
march 9th – april 28th, 2000

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | DORIS BLOOM - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE Projected Artists I/V - Memory and geography

BLOOM – KENTRIDGE

projected artists obiettivo: roma I/V – memory and geography
june 15th – july 28th, 1995

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | PALLE - Group show

PALLE
group show

december 10th, 1993 – january 1994

 

more catalogues.

more catalogues by DORIS BLOOM with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Anableps

ANABLEPS

catalogue of the exhibition
tipo-lito aurelia 72, rome 2000

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Bloom Kentridge | Projected artists - Obiettivo: Roma I/V | Memory and Geography