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Description: 3 signed and dated bottom right; 3 inscribed with the artist's name, the title, medium and date on a Gallery MOMO label adhered to the reverse

  • Notes: Main store JHB
    The basic idea behind Head on Collar centres on a nature of uniformity as a prevalent aspect of the Human condition. We speak of colours such as blue and white to denote the status of occupation at work. As a form of common idiomatic expression, orange as a colour has become a global standard for the incarcerated and the ultimate common denominator blue and white collar crime. Of [inescapable] cultural assimilation as in one may obliged to convey a message in another language, uniforms have increasingly become a matrix not only of global communication, but more worryingly, of subjugation and mental control. I opted for leisure uniforms over that of workers' to kick start the series. And Faith regalia became an obvious choice rather than short khaki pants of farmers or safari. I find the attire down at informal religious gatherings fascinating, particularly in the African continent compared to the bygone European fashion of the 16th and 17th century. Alluding to the fact that Europeans were fully clad when they landed in world inhabited by semi-naked indigenous people. Hence the roles have been exchanged, i.e. it comes across as more obscene for an African woman rather than a European one. The Head on Collar series brought attention to Phokela’s artwork in strange ways that had a notable effect on the local art market. Based on subject matter content of Phokela’s work, collectors who then preferred certain African sentiment flocked to go collect most part of the series which featured Africans. So the 3 remaining 17th century Dutch Collars were eventually featured at the South African Pavillion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Then Phokela added the 4 latest pieces in order to restore the original concept.
  • Dimensions: 58 x 40 cm each, Framed Size: 77.5 x 59.5 x 3 cm each
  • Artist Name: Johannes Phokela (South Africa 1966-)
  • Exhibited: South African Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 2013.
  • Literature: Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive (2013), illustrated in colour on pp.129-132.
  • Medium: oil on tracing paper
  • Condition: The overall condition is good. One work stuck to the glass of the frame.

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