EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Nicola Elliot, Brink Scholtz and Sonja Smit

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How a Dead Dog Explains Soccer to Sonja Smit (Performance)

How a Dead Dog Explains Soccer to Sonja Smit (Performance)

Artist's Statement

Practicing art, in the context of ‘more pressing’ social, economic and political realities, is frequently defended with the argument that art benefits society by being critical. While presenting this work suggests support for this view, the work is ironically critical of this defence. In a museum space, a live performer moves for the benefit of a taxidermy dog. The performance elicits a response. Speaking via voice-over, the dog explains the benefits of soccer (or is it performance?) within the South African context. Partly inspired by Joseph Beuys’ How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965), this work is both humorous and disturbing. No animals were harmed during the production of this work.

Artist's Biography

Nicola Elliot: Born: Cape Town, 1983. Lives and works in Grahamstown. Received her MA in Choreography from Rhodes University. Major exhibitions: Standard Bank Arts Festival, FNB Dance Umbrella and the ABSA Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees.
Brink Scholtz: Born: Stellenbosch, 1979. Lives and works in Grahamstown. Received her MA in Drama from Rhodes University. Awards and scholarships: ‘Het Beschrijf’, Brussels; Writing Beyond the Fringe award; Rhodes University Amnesty International award for social change through the performing arts.
Sonja Smit: Born: Bloemfontein, 1984. Lives and works in Grahamstown. Received her MA (Choreography) from Rhodes University. Major exhibitions: Standard Bank National Arts Festival, FNB Dance Umbrella.