The Nordic Guest Studio- Rodney Place (ZA)

Event type: 
The Nordic Guest Studio
1 Apr 2019 to 30 Apr 2019

Rodney Place is based in Johannesburg in South Africa. He is invited in a collaboration with the Art Park Ulvhälls hällar,

He works multi-disciplinary and with different media focusing largely on art and urbanism, whether as satirical commentary, activism, or permanent installation. He works thematically with different elements making up a project, fashion, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, video and performance works.

Rodney Place has created large-scale sculpture/land-art/urban installations, such as The Lost World of the Pacific - Nowhere's Arc (1996); Flight from Egypt (1997); City Bowl (1997); African Bowl (2001); New Skins-New Skeletons (2003), - as well as performance and video works - Couch Dancing (1996); The Washing of the Soaps (2000); RETREKS unSUNg CITY (2000); City without Walls (2004); Pole-Land (1st version 2005); F..klore (2006-). Retreks (1999-2002) explored emerging Johannesburg through four social viewpoints and Infections of the Void (2002-) bridges between the post-territories of South Africa and Central Europe.

Rodney studied at the Architectural Association in London, and has lived and worked in over 20 countries, presenting his work to a variety of audiences and at festivals worldwide.  In 1996, he founded ZAR Works, in Johannesburg. It is an art, architecture and production company.

In 2003, he was commissioned by the South African Cabinet to design/develop a project for a living monument to the African Union in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Kwazulu-Natal. New Skins - New Skeletons, a one-kilometre land art work that includes three museums, set about to shift the paradigm of land and landscape in Africa to embrace the aesthetic inclusion and hybridization of infrastructure into an African setting.

In Sweden he has participated in Africa Remix at Moderna Museet and together with William Kentridge and Jane Alexander he created works for the NK garage in 2003. 

Currently he is developing an art piece for Ulvhälls hällar art aprk in Strängnäs for an exhibition in 2019 and a larger performance, Arnaments and Ornaments in 2020.