<div class="ExternalClass90F7725385B24C32AE94808EADEC8169"><p>​The Zeitz Collection acquired these installations the same year to keep them intact and preserve them for the people of Africa. The Zeitz Collection is the founding collection of Zeitz MOCAA.</p><div>Mathison’s work not only interrogates humanity’s dependency on land, our traditions of crop cultivation, the value of labour, how symbols of labour have become political tools and symbols, and how we embed spiritual value in nature, but also our great violations of the very thing on which we depend for our survival.</div><div>Why does Mathison echo the intense physical labour required by land cultivation through the process of making sculpture? Why would an artist recreate trees out of the burnt remnants of other trees? What purpose do 1,200 mielies serve when created from</div><div>ceramic and are unable to provide actual nourishment?</div><div><br></div><div>Michele Mathison explains: “The harvesting of maize provides vital nourishment for families, communities and nations across Southern Africa. Within this staple grain lies a narrative of personal, political and social survival. It is gratifying that the Harvest installations will be seen by many Africans and international visitors as part of the Zeitz MOCAA collection. This work represents the universals of life and as such it is fittingly placed within an open and public institution where it can resonate with viewers.”</div><div><br></div><div>Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe affirms the importance Michele Mathison places on a public home for these works: "The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is pleased that Michele Mathison’s work is now part of the bigger</div><div>collection of Zeitz MOCAA, acquired from the 2nd Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. This is its well deserved home. In this body of work Michele Mathison further explores his role as an artist and satisfies his seemingly insatiable creative ability to experiment with materials, their textures and ultimate forms."</div><div><br></div><div>If you aren't able to visit the exhibition, you can find the walk through video <a href="https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=3vvDxbir433" target="_blank">here.​</a></div><div><br></div><div>Dates and times: Open: 7 November 2015 - 17 January 2016</div><div>Wednesday to Sunday: 12 - 8 PM</div><div>Closed Mondays and Tuesdays</div><div>Venue: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) at</div><div>Scheryn Pavilion, Bascule Bridge, V&A Waterfront</div><div>Tel: 021 418 7855</div><div>Email: zeitzmocaa@gmail.com</div><div>Cost: Free for all</div></div>2015-11-05T22:00:00Z

 

 

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