03 Jul Rowan Smith presents new Dead Centre exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery
Dead Centre looks at the societal concept of whiteness, and aims to reclassify it from its status as a ‘transcendental norm’ to a more exotic, unusual concept. Smith uses various aspects of his iconography – including beehives, speaker stacks, scrap yards and litter – to offer as media for analysing “the South African postcolonial state; the politics of monuments; the impermanence and deterioration of power; ideological collapse; identity-formation in the nation state; ideas of technology and obsolescence; entropic images of destruction, and bourgeois kitsch.”
Smith questions the status quo and highlights whiteness as the specific target of critique – therefore rendering it hyper-visible as opposed to its usual ubiquitous existence.
Image from previous Rowan Smith exhibitions