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Cameron Platter

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The Battle of the Cinema Privé and Casino and Grill in Rorkes Drift About 2009 (Pencil crayon on paper, 152 x 240 cm)

The Battle of the Cinema Privé and Casino and Grill in Rorkes Drift About 2009 (Pencil crayon on paper, 152 x 240 cm)

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Artist's Statement

The work is a meticulously hand-worked, pencil crayon-coloured homage to John Muafangejo’s 1981 linocut, The Battle of Rorke’s Drift, about a clash between Zulus and British which took place in 1879. This drawing/production still/working sketch/thought pad captures a scene from one of my latest films. My oeuvre begins with my practice of drawing. Each work documents contemporary South African extra-reality, through the telling of simple stories appropriated from the media, TV, cinema, art, history, politics, music, adverts, pornography and religion. Hard-worked and stripped down, my drawing works reference a return to simplicity, a back-to-basics philosophy. They have the textural history, resonance and honesty of handmade artefacts.

Artist's Biography

Born: Johannesburg, 1978. Lives and works in Shaka’s Rock. Received a BA(FA) (Hons) from the University of Cape Town. Major exhibitions: KNSA Gallery and NSA Gallery in Durban; Hilger Contemporary, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna; Bell Roberts Gallery, Blank Projects, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Erdmann Contemporary and South African National Gallery, in Cape Town; South Beach Emporium, Miami; Galerie Ernst Hilger, Cologne; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Absa L’Atelier; Cannes Lions Festival; Espace Croix-Baragon, Toulouse, France.