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NRF Supports an Exhibition Exploring Human-Environment-Astronomy Relationship

SALT, Sutherland, Northern Cape. 2016. Archival Pigment Print. © Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler.

Thursday, 08 March 2018  - Today, Iziko South African Museum with the support of the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be opening the first exhibition of photographs and videos of a long term project called Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now (Chapter one) by Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler. The NRF is providing the core funding for this project as part of the development of the history of Astronomy in South Africa, as well as part of its upcoming 200 years celebration in Astronomy in 2020 which will be managed by the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

The exhibition has taken on the form of an entangled archive - exploring the existential aspects of the human-environment-astronomy relationship. The photographic and video installation inside the Iziko South African Museum will be introduced by a complementary selection of 20 photographs installed between the trees of The Company’s Garden.

As the curator Filippo Maggia observes ‘Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now explores the almost mystical relationship that binds mankind to the heavens from multiple perspectives: from the point where, lifting one’s gaze over the horizon, the sky begins above the known world, to a point far beyond, where the curious eye of man, carried by science, has taken it. And when science is not enough, the power of fantasy attempts to transport it into a dimension that goes beyond knowledge’ and also ‘working in harmonious symbiosis, Fiscaletti and Grobler produce photographs that present themselves as strict and precise notes of a travel logbook, together with video works that are just as essential, including the choice of an original soundtrack that seems to embody the voice of the places explored.’

A collaboration between artists Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler working together with a scientific team - Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti and Michelle Cluver from Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape and sound compositions of Alessandro Gigli.

The exhibition opening is at 18h00 for 18h30 and will run from 9 March 2018 to 22 April 2018. Museum hours are every day from 10am until 5pm.

The project is contributing to the Roadmap of the History of Astronomy in South Africa as supported by the NRF (National Research Foundation), the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. Contribution to this exhibition also received from Enel-x South Africa.




For inquiries, please contact:
Lucia Marchetti at marchetti.lu@gmail.com

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