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The Binding

Artwork date(s): 2014

Christine Dixie  - artist
Bevan de Wet  - printed by
Heléne van Aswegen  - bookbinding by

Medium: Intaglio and blind embossing. Leather, mohair, paper, string, cloth
Measurements: 350 x 370
Edition: 20

Category: South African Artists Book
Type: Codex
Sub-type: Artists and multiple producers
Theme(s): Artists meditation on the growth and maturity of her son. Male identity

Place publication: (Johannesburg, RSA)
Publisher: Fourthwall Books

Reference noteThe Binding began as an installation made in 2010 and consists of three distinct sections:

- Six large-scale prints of a sleeping boy hang against the wall.

- Mirroring these images of the sleeping boy and lying on altars/beds are embodied shadows of the child made from toy soldiers.

- In front of these altars hang veils embroidered with weapons and an image of the boy in the stance of a soldier.

The work explores the transitional moment in a boy's life as he hovers between the world of the mother and the world of the father. A symbolic sacrifice, a ritual linked to the establishment of male identity, takes place in the dreamtime of the child. As he drifts between sleeping and waking, passive and active states, his shadow lies in an indeterminate place that suggests hospital ward, altar or army barracks, all transitory spaces in which rituals related to the transformation of the body take place. The Binding materialises this transformation and the entrance into a masculine world.

This edition was completed later, in response to the content of the initial installation, in 2014.

Exhibition notesThe Binding was first exhibited at Gallery AOP, Johannesburg in 2010 and traveled to the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. The installation was purchased by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC and exhibited at the MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2014.

Exhibited at: Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books. FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg. Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon. 24 March - 5 May 2017.

Ref: DP15/02

From the Booknesses exhibition, FADA

From the Booknesses exhibition, FADA

From the Booknesses exhibition, FADA
Total images: 9

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