Deny / Denial / Denied

Opening Thursday August 3 – 6:30 pm

Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick, Melbourne

A Solo Exhibition by Roberta Joy Rich’

Deny / Denial / Denied is a collection of new work produced during a studio residency at Assemblage, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Comprising of serigraph prints, screen-printing on found material, and video works, the exhibition considers and explores notions of denial and being denied, particularly within a South African “Coloured” context both pre and post Apartheid. The exhibition reflects upon historical practices of Apartheid South Africa – the methodologies of classification, the people of District Six and forced removals, as well as my personal relationship to these histories. I draw often from experiences of “identity cross examination” as a primary source of research and a platform for discussing the complexities of African identity.

‘I employ Afrikaans, colonial language and terms such as Coloured, appropriated as Coloured ™ in my work, as a navigation tool through a complex field of rejection and reclamation of language, to find and ascertain empowering forms of self-determination and positive representation African identity’.

Roberta Rich’s Assemblage Residency was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart program and by the Sainsbury Sculpture Grant, established in memory of the late Madeline Olive Taylor through her estate and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).