THE RENDON GALLERY is pleased to present a solo booth of works by Los Angeles-based artist, Ralph Ziman, for the upcoming edition of Photo London Digital, presented on October 7-18, 2020. The South African artist will be showcasing works from his world renowned series, The Casspir Project, a traveling multimedia exhibition that is comprised of installation, photography and film. This is the gallery and artist’s first time exhibiting at the London fair.
Ziman is known for work that interrogates human rights issues such as apartheid, the over-militarization of police, and state violence. His work subverts narratives of conflict and oppression and through the reclamation of weaponry turned into an artistic medium, transforms them into a symbol of beauty and humanity. The Casspir Project seeks to challenge the viewer to confront how cultural memory, often entangled in violence, may bear upon the contemporary. The Casspir Project has been exhibited around the world including in Cape Town, New York and Miami.
PHOTO LONDON DIGITAL PROGRAMME
INSTAGRAM LIVE EVENT
As part of the fair’s digital program, Ziman will be joined in conversation with British television executive and presenter Alan Yentob at Ziman’s studio on Sunday, October 11 at 11 am PT on Instagram live (@photolondonfair). The duo will take a close look at Ziman’s masterpiece, SPOEK 1, an 11-ton decommissioned, apartheid-era Casspir vehicle that has been decorated with 70 million glass beads and will also feature photographs and sculptures from Ziman’s “Ghosts” and “Bones” series.
SCREENING OF CASSPIR DOCUMENTARY
On October 10th an exclusive link will be released to those that register through the The Rendon Gallery Eventbrite, giving them access to view the new Casspir Project documentary. This 28-minute documentary on The Casspir Project includes historical footage, personal interviews with South Africans about their first-hand experiences during apartheid and a behind the scenes look at the creation of this multifaceted work of sculpture, photography and film. The Casspir Project reveals a powerful element to art-making, the emotional impact of transforming an object of fear into an object of beauty.
ABOUT RALPH ZIMAN
Ralph Ziman was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California, as well as group exhibitions at the National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, New York, and the FNB Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has been written about in Art in America, CNN, and The Guardian, among other publications.