SMITH proudly presents ‘Close Encounters’, a group show featuring 22 artists, that explores intimacy and its themes. ‘Close Encounters’ opens on Wednesday 4 July at 17h30. To request the catalogue, or the long format essay on the exhibition, please contact Jana Terblanche at email@example.com. ‘Close Encounters’ will run from 4 - 28 July 2018.
Intimacy is too often confined to matters of love; yet the word belongs more to trust, to faith. It denotes an act of revelation found in the simple gesture of sharing; bringing that which was previously hidden out from the shadows and into the light. In this exhibition, the artworks chosen explore intimacy in both their content and their form. They touch on universal themes – like birth and love and death – but also on other more singular intimacies; personal histories, dreams and desires. The works reflect on self-intimacy, experienced in solitude, and the intimacy shared between us, be it romantic or platonic, familial or fleeting. There is, too, intimacy of familiar spaces, spaces we inhabit in both the world and in our minds. And then, there is the intimacy of objects, and our relationships to them; a cherished photograph, clothes left lying on the floor, a coffee half drunk, now gone cold, a letter hidden in a bottom drawer. And always an implied subject, who has held and touched these objects, so that each becomes a metonym for something, or someone, else.
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Poster images by @nabeeha_m and @strausslouw