Hannalie Taute

Eugenics16 May - 30 May 2023

Hannalie Taute

‘Eugenics’ 2023 by Hannalie Taute

Showing in Gallery May 16th – 30th

Hannalie Taute (b. 1977) started her life’s journey in a small town called Fochville in Gauteng, South Africa.

In 2000, she obtained a National Higher Diploma in Fine Art at PE Technicon (now the NNMU). A decade ago she started working with rubber and particularly repurposed rubber inner-tubes, and in 2012 she added embroidery to her list of preferred media.

Taute uses her art to escape into a fantasy world of her own making, the works are the culmination of research into emotion, psychology and fantasy within that world. She finds inspiration in myths, legends, lyrics, literature and especially fairy tales. She is drawn to the universality of these ancient stories which exist all over the world and point to a common humanity, it is often just the title of an original fairy tale that remains, within her works.

Exhibition Dates

  • May16
  • Opening night
  • May30
  • Exhibition ends

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Hannalie Taute | Eugenics

“Photographs curdle like milk, says Roland Barthes. If, for Sally Mann, photographs are treacherous, it is because they are ‘the malignant twin to imperfect memory’. They cannot tell the truth, despite all claims to the contrary.” – Ashraf Jamal (excerpt from the essay ‘Eucatastrophe, Hannalie Taute 2021)

I work primarily with the captured image. Altered, reimagined and reinterpreted. Using mainly vintage photographs sourced from flea markets and even from my own family archives, which are used as is, or blown up to a larger scale. Altered with tire inner tube inlays and hand embroidered detailing drawn with thread. My work is populated by people, masks and sometimes floral arrangements.

“Appearances are a construction, a merging from the debris of all that has previously appeared” John Berger

These discarded remnants of the past are reworked, and their treatment of these remnants are at times ghoulish and macabre, imbuing the work with notions of identity in terms of culture, heritage and society. A re-stitching of historical narrative of sorts. The surrealism of conflicting customs and traditions sutured, like stitching up a wound or incision, reminiscent of an autopsy.

These portraits by losing their identities, have the chance to become something different. They tell a story of distant colonies and traditions taken across continents to an unknown land. They depict a society based on precise rules alongside an extreme nature, in a country where politics and society are difficult and often painful topics.

The black rubber, by framing the images gives an utter dystopic connotation to these contemporary treasures of a past far gone.

Text used as titles, are like the photographs- found and reconfigured and appropriated as a narrative. I am interested how simply changing the text underneath an image can radically altered the image’s message.

What is shown and what is hidden becomes interdependent elements of visual storytelling, thus “a new fantasy emerges in a world clinging to the need to believe in the magic of innocent aspiration.”

Hannalie Taute

Hannalie Taute (b. 1977) started her life’s journey in a small town called Fochville in Gauteng, South Africa.

Hannalie Taute | Eugenics

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