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03 January 2013

Retrospective Peter Clarke exhibition documents the recent history of South Africa

SOUTH African ‘lost generation’ artist Peter Clarke life’s work gets a rare European showing at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva).

Over the last 60 years, Peter has reflected on the social and political history of his country, constituting a subtle critique of disenfranchisement and apartheid as well as aspects of modern day South Africa.

'Wind blowing on the Cape flats' charts his development as an artist, which was highly unusual for a black person during his youth, and his prolific creativity as a painter, printmaker, writer and poet through over 80 works.

Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist hosts a talk with the 83-year-old artist on 16 January at the Rivington Place venue, then on 24 January writer Zoe Wicomb reflects on Peter Clarke's work and reads from her short stories and novels set in both apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. On 7 February, author Gillian Slovo and University College London professor Tamar Garb draw upon personal history and experience to debate the politics of South Africa, including its Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The series of events forms a context for discussion as South Africa prepares to celebrate 20 years since elections brought Nelson Mandela to the presidency.

Wind blowing on the Cape flats, runs at Iniva from 16 January to 9 March. For more, visit www.iniva.org

A self portrait by Peter Clarke, 1953

A self portrait by Peter Clarke, 1953

A self portrait by Peter Clarke, 1953

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