‘Accid3nt of Place’ refers to the tradition of Dada or Dadaism within art history – the avant-garde movement in the early 20th Century that rejected the logic, reason and aestheticism of modern capitalist society. 

Dada has become synonymous with the creative process as being ‘accidental’. Dada offered a further rejection of the conventions of high art which stresses laborious technique and action. The exhibition title also refers to the idea that this artist’s body of work could only have been produced in South Africa. Artworks and the exhibition installation are an exploration of our social and political landscape and as such are presented as a cultural, artistic tool of resistance.


The exhibition is called ‘Accid3nt of Place’ and is arguably a body of work that could only have been produced in South Africa. Identify a few distinctive, uniquely South African details that can be observed in the work.


A central figure in Dadaism, Marcel Duchamp, declared common manufactured goods to be ‘readymade’ artworks, challenging the idea of a work of art being something beautiful made by a technically skilled artist. Find examples of found, or readymade objects used in this exhibition.

Peter Ford

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