Love Story Late Opening | Culture Night

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  • 22 Sep
  • 10am - 10pm
  • All Welcome
  • Free

This Culture Night, Gallery One and Two will remain open until 10pm.

What kind of stories are we willing to hear? What kind of stories move us? Why is it that the same audiences that are driven to tears by fictional blockbusters remain affectless in the face of actual human suffering?

To kick start our new programme ‘Displacement and Belonging’ Rua Red has invited South African Artist Candice Breitz to exhibit her work Love Story (2016), a seven-channel installation that interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced.

The work is based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Ezzat Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former child soldier from Angola; Mamy Maloba Langa, a survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Shabeena Francis Saveri, a transgender activist from India; Luis Ernesto Nava Molero, a political dissident from Venezuela; and Farah Abdi Mohamed, an idealistic young atheist from Somalia.

The work evokes the global scale of the so-called ‘refugee crisis,’ evolving out of lengthy interviews conducted with the six participants in the countries where they are seeking or have been granted asylum (Berlin, New York, Cape Town).