The Stolen Shadow (2011)

4 March, 2013

The Spier Collection has acquired the sculptural installation entitled 'The Stolen Shadow' 2011 by artist, Conrad Botes from his solo exhibition 'The Temptation to Exist' .

Often described as the torchbearer of the Post-Pop movement in South Africa, Botes' biting satire is directed at South African society, politics and religion. The title of his exhibition, 'The Temptation to Exist' was a reference to the Romanian philosopher EM Cioran' s collection of essays – and is seen by Botes to suggest the possibility of a life freed of the constraints of Calvinistic values. 'The Stolen Shadow' consists of a blackboard of childlike drawings, a desk and a jackal-masked figure.

The installation invokes a kind of surreal classroom stripped of its usual optimism, where pupils seem presumably to be indoctrinated into conventional ways of thinking and behaving.

Conrad Botes was born in 1969 in Ladismith, Western Cape, and lives in Cape Town. He has an MA Fine Arts from the University of Stellensbosch (1997) and a Diploma in Second Phase Illustration from the Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands (1994). His sharp satire, frequently directed at South African society, politics and religion, is channelled into both his painting and printmaking, and his comics, which have been published in the Bitterkomix series. He has had eight solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions locally and abroad and has won numerous awards, including the 2004 ABSA L' Atelier.

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