WHITEHOT MAGAZINE: Re-Mixing History: African Women Artists at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 ARCADE PROJECT ZINE: The Moment We’re In: Art Basel Miami 2017 Begins "Far downtown in a former post office, visual artist Anja Marais’s installation Out of Sight; Out of Mind taps into the zeitgeist with large paste-up portraits of immigrants that play with dual perspectives, twisting sight to examine peripheral views of human history. Her images are pasted into corners and archways in the gutted downtown building, creating warped faces that recall distorted views of immigration and its role in history. Marais photographed Miami Haitians who are the children of immigrants. They sat for her portraits and posed as their immigrant ancestors, each holding a tool of their trade."
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Phillip Valys for SouthFlorida.com In Anja Marais’ installation "The Crossing," nine pairs of adult and children's dress shoes, each stuffed with dirt, sit next to an out-of-focus photograph of a muddy cornfield and ramshackle farmhouse. A reference to her South African upbringing, working-poor communities and immigration, Marais’ black-and-white photograph, which is deliberately ripped and torn in sections, hangs inside the Bailey Contemporary Arts gallery in Pompano Beach, which will debut the new immigration-minded show “Frontiers and Beyond” on Friday, Sept. 1. The exhibit, which came together with help from the Tehran, Iran-based Ad Visual Arts Academy, probes how artists use ceramics to tackle themes of belonging and geographic borders. The Pompano Beach gallery is one of four global venues to host the exhibit, which will also be presented in Japan, Turkey and France. You can read the full article HERE. When: Sept. 1–29 (opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Sept. [...]
If you’re interested in the art of here & now, you need to see this show BY ANNE TSCHIDA for the Miami Herald Yet there are several pieces without much color at all that also fit, thematically, into the artistic landscape of South Florida. One is a haunting, site-specific installation, hung from the ceiling, from South-African born Anja Marais. As an immigrant herself, as so many are here, she creates pieces that relate to disenfranchised, disconnected communities. In the suspended ripped and torn panels, in black and white, you can discern a poor small farmhouse and fields. Unlike the collage from Mar which hangs behind it, Marais has created this work not by layering and applying, but by a process called décollage, where she manipulates the initial images by tearing and cutting it, also forming a new, unique perspective by elimination. Inextricable Intertangling, 2017 [...]
The Codex of the Films and Pictures of Anja Marais: Oneiric Metaphors – by Rosa JH Berland [write-up]
The disquieting allure of Anja Marais’ practice comes from a masterly weaving of mysticism. Formally, the work falls somewhere between the grace of Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget, the shadowy poetry of Surrealist film making, the complex ornateness of Matthew Barney’s films and feminist body art. These intricate worlds are made from handmade sculpture, video, pixilation animation video, and photography. They captivate, one can hardly wait for the next scene or chapter to emerge. Most recently, Marais has embarked on a series of self-titled “visual poems” including a sequence of related projects comprised of moving picture, photography, costumes, hand made sculpture and mixed media. These “poems” take place in natural environments such forests, hills, expanses of grass, or next to a body of water and appear to transcribe memory and experience, particularly that of woman. The stories are often-wordless visual worlds in which secrets are ritually revealed, the [...]