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Dale Yudelman

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Witness, Surfer, Dreamer and the Taliban from Afghanistan Video installation Size variable

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Artist's Statement

The mystery of a burnt-out car, abandoned off Long Street in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, sparked the imagination and commentary of passers by. In this short film, we encounter, as we do in everyday life, members of secret societies, ex-cons, betrayed girlfriends and recreational forensic experts. Through the tapestry of their narratives and theories, a social portrait of colloquial rationale evolves, at times both comical and surprising in content. I returned to the car periodically, always expecting to find it gone - but thanks to the inefficiency of local authorities, was able to continue filming over a period of three weeks. On each visit I met up with characters willing to mediate the spaces between fact and fiction – thereby offering the structure for this film – with anecdotes ranging from the plausible to the downright absurd. In this piece, I examine the ambivalent nature of personal truth and shared reality, by scrutinizing the paradoxes and ironies of daily life.

Artist's Biography

Born: Johannesburg, 1958. Lives and works in Cape Town. Major exhibitions: Bell Roberts Gallery and South African National Gallery in Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery and Gordart Gallery in Johannesburg; Afrovibes Festival, Amsterdam; Durban Art Gallery and KZN Gallery in Durban; Spanierman Modern, Pepe Giallo, New York; Lumo International Photography Triennale, Finland; Photoquai, Musée du quai Branly, Paris Photo, Paris; OMC Gallery, California; Spier Contemporary 2007/08; OMC Gallery, Düsseldorf; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; 8th Havana Biennale, Cuba. Awards and scholarships: World Press Award; Nikon International Award; Commonwealth Photographic Award; Professional Photographers of South Africa; Sony Profoto Award; Fujifilm Professional Photographers Award