Zen Marie’s Three Stadia, a three channel installation, is currently on view at Museum Africa in Newtown for the SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art exhibition. This show, also referred to as “The Artists of Africa,” is a special “2010 FIFA World Cup Host City Johannesburg Event,” apparently working to broadening soccer tourists’ perceptions of South African (or just African?) culture(s). Obviously, the World Cup is huge boon for South African tourism, and the various events and sponsorships developed to support that industry present certain challenges and conflicts, particularly between how the country would like to be seen and the disparate realities that exist. Zen Marie’s piece works to demonstrate the efforts that have gone into “cleaning up” Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. The installation features video taken prior to the World Cup, of areas within what would be FIFA’s 800M “security ring” around the stadiums, depicting the pre-existing realities of each city.

Zen Marie’s Three Stadia, a three channel installation, is currently on view at Museum Africa in Newtown for the SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art exhibition. This show, also referred to as “The Artists of Africa,” is a special “2010 FIFA World Cup Host City Johannesburg Event,” apparently working to broadening soccer tourists’ perceptions of South African (or just African?) culture(s). Obviously, the World Cup is huge boon for South African tourism, and the various events and sponsorships developed to support that industry present certain challenges and conflicts, particularly between how the country would like to be seen and the disparate realities that exist. Zen Marie’s piece works to demonstrate the efforts that have gone into “cleaning up” Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. The installation features video taken prior to the World Cup, of areas within what would be FIFA’s 800M “security ring” around the stadiums, depicting the pre-existing realities of each city.

Gabriel Orozco, “Pinched Ball” (1993)
“I don’t take photographs thinking that they are going to be art. I take  the photographs thinking that I need to keep the moment, because I need  to look at it afterwards.”— Gabriel Orozco
As beautiful as the sentiment is, I really don’t know why I should care about this soccer ball. Orozco’s chic 1990s conceptualism feels lazy and dated today.
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Gabriel Orozco, “Pinched Ball” (1993)

“I don’t take photographs thinking that they are going to be art. I take the photographs thinking that I need to keep the moment, because I need to look at it afterwards.”
— Gabriel Orozco

As beautiful as the sentiment is, I really don’t know why I should care about this soccer ball. Orozco’s chic 1990s conceptualism feels lazy and dated today.

Image via Art:21