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TELL ME 3 THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF

Beyond the Falls Abdus Salaam
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JAFFER MODERN IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW GROUP EXHIBITION, ‘TELL ME 3 THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF’ FEATURING SAHLAH DAVIDS, ABDUS SALAAM AND AIMEE MESSINGER. OPENING 4TH MARCH 2021.  

Opening: Thursday 4 March – Saturday 10 April 2021 

Location: Jaffer Modern Art Gallery, 181 Main Road, Vib Hotel, 7th Floor, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa  

Jaffer Modern is pleased to announce, ‘Tell Me 3 Things About Yourself’, an exhibition featuring Sahlah Davids, Abdus Salaam and Aimee Messinger. Curated by Sara Khan, the exhibition presents the artists as three elements, three intervals of introspection and retrospection, three moments of pause and three invitations to dialogue and debate. You are invited to consider this
prevalent question, “Tell me 3 things about yourself”.

Beyond the Falls Abdus Salaam

A question that often  accommodates as an icebreaker for incipient friends and connections. During  a juncture when the familiar in the proverbial sense has become distorted, the  artists are offering a halcyon escape from the disruption, to take a  peregrination between oneself, another and beyond.

Cape Town born and raised, Sahlah Davids has described her methods of  creation as the product of the blended learning and trades of the Cape Muslim  community, specifically the elders within her family. It is within the domestic,  traditional, and religious spaces that Davids draws on the skills of her lineage,  the history of their struggles and the embodiment of their spirituality.

Sahlah Davids  ITHNA 3ASHAR 
Mixed Media 2020

Her series ‘Pierced’ becomes an extension of her lived experience of growing  up with a paternal grandfather who was a tailor and a maternal grandmother  who is a seamstress. In relation to the history of slavery in the Cape, many  Muslim slaves were skilled artisans who transferred their skills from one  generation to the next.

She views this aesthetic as both a connection to her  family history as well as the religio-political lineage present in the Cape. The  body of work places the viewer amid discussion, dispute, prayer, debate, ritual, a fight for freedom, cries of joy and sadness, dhikr, a march in solidarity,  and lulled recitation.

Aimee Messinger : Attempting to overcome the Dark  
Oil on Canvas  2019 

Aimee Messinger’s body of work explores the notions of Oneness; a  connection to the universe and an overwhelming Breath of Life that keeps  everything alive. This feeling is anchored to the aesthetic and philosophical  concept of the Sublime, where the sense of being overwhelmed is at the forefront. Messinger constructs her own definition through a multitude of lenses.  Translated through the medium of oil paint on canvas, whereby light and  darkness is used metaphorically to suggest personal and universal narratives  surrounding ‘life’ and ‘death.’

Abdus Salaam’s work begins through poetry and extends through his  multimedia practice. His art is contemporary in its theosophical minimalism,  combining mediums and often focusing on their essence as the basis and  purpose of the work.

The focus of his recent body of work ‘Falls of  Abundance’ is the nature of creation as shadows and the singular light from  which those shadows are cast. In continuing with Salaam’s exploration of  “light painting,” he uses synthetic chemicals, photographic paper, light, and  instinctual motions in the obscurity of a photographic darkroom. Contrasting  the cold and scientific darkroom process, Salaam combines clay, glass, and  acrylic paint and video to further share the poetry of the natural world as it  relates to the spiritual/metaphysical reality.

The gallery’s regular opening hours are from Monday to Friday, between  09h00 and 17h00, and on Saturdays between 09h00 and 13h00. All  necessary COVID-19 safety protocols are adhered to at all times. The gallery  is situated on the 7 th floor of the Vïb Cape Town hotel, located at 181 Main  Road, Green Point, Cape Town.

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