Peter Clarke: Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 - 09 Mar 2013

In partnership with the South African National Gallery (Iziko Museums of South Africa), Iniva presents this major retrospective and first substantial exhibition in the UK of Peter Clarke‘s work.

As South Africa prepares to celebrate 20 years since the election that brought Nelson Mandela to President, and with Jacob Zuma recently securing a controversial second term to lead the governing African National Congress, the show reflects on the nation’s social and political history through the work of internationally acclaimed artist and writer Peter Clarke (born 1929).  Wind Blowing on the Cape Flats  charts his development as an artist, his prolific creativity as a painter, printmaker and an internationally acclaimed writer and poet through over 80 works including paintings, drawings, prints, woodcuts, collages, sketchbooks as well as artist books. The exhibition  honours Clarke’s life, work and contribution to art over sixty years, and tells the story of an artist whose sharp, poignant and aesthetically memorable work provides an extraordinary context for discussion of South Africa, apartheid and post-apartheid.   Clarke has reflected on his country’s social and political history and is often referred to as the ‘quiet chronicler’ and has become an inspiration to many other artists.