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Aug 18, 2016

HOME TRUTHS: Domestic Interiors from South African Collections is on till 23 October. Curated by Michael Godby, this follows on from his two previous landmark exhibitions on Landscape and Still Life.

It occupies one main space and two smaller rooms. The first small room sets a high bar for the rest of the exhibition with several powerful works that distil South Africa's ways of being. Lisa Brice's installation blends the quaintly domestic with the paranoid qualities of the barred and defended suburban home; two photographs by Jan Riordan reveal an entrance to a home which is just a hole in the ground, and a place to sleep which is just a hollow in the veld. Santu Mofokeng's photograph The Mkansi Kitchen feels familiar, full of quotidian things, yet it is compelling and strange.

Crossing into the main room was a disappointment. The space felt crowded and visually jumpy, and the most interesting things a little swamped by the least interesting. But there are many outstanding works here which show the power of the domestic interior to speak volumes about people's lives, and it is very well worth seeking them out.

Entrance is free in Heritage Week 19 to 25 September (and to other Iziko museums as well.)  Find out more here

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