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OPERA IN CONCORSO  Sezione Fotografia

Tanisha Bhana | River of Silence
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River of Silence
archival pigment print, 270gsm lithorealistic paper
83 x 58 cm

Tanisha Bhana

nato/a a Durban, South Africa

residenza di lavoro/studio: Johannesburg (SOUTHAFRICA)

iscritto/a dal 26 feb 2014


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Tanisha Bhana | Isabel’s Harvest

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Isabel’s Harvest
archival pigment print, 270gsm lithorealistic paper
83 x 60 cm

Tanisha Bhana | Soil (6)

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Soil (6)
archival pigment print, 270gsm lithorealistic paper
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Tanisha Bhana | Tsego’s Harvest

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Tsego’s Harvest
archival pigment print, 270gsm lithorealistic paper
128 x 87 cm

Descrizione Opera / Biografia

”Fertile Ash”:
Till the black sun arrives, when all is consumed and desert remains, weeds will hold the foundation for life to germinate on timeless soil.
While we categorise hierarchical privileges, name and protect our boundaries, and cultivate disparate systems of production and distribution, modern ecosystems experience a toiled existence. From the sweat of many, we produce the prosperity of a few.
In the ashes of the engine of human production and consumption lies the eternal hope of every living being to flourish and sustain life. Inspired by the silent voices of places consumed and left behind or prepared for re-development, this series of works depict the saturated emptiness of dreams sold and forgotten.
So that we may rekindle child-like desires for life untamed, and re-learn to connect the wealth of the land for its life-giving force, this series of works take the viewer back to places we left behind and tried to forget for fear of remembering when dreams were for free.
I enjoy portraying both man’s attempt to organise and control our natural and human resources, as well as nature’s instinctive responses.
I particularly enjoy connecting the urban with the natural, sometimes placing man-made structures or symbols in an uncontrolled natural environment and sometimes simply capturing discarded or consumed places.
The photography for the art works were taken on various urban and nuclear wastelands, landfill sites in South Africa and certain natural landscapes susceptible to veld fires and habitual regrowth.
To a certain extent, I see myself as a medium for the places that I depict, portraying its hidden and unspoken emotions in sometimes naive, other-worldly landscapes, attempting to take the viewer to a natural subconscious where the awareness of this ecological connection lies.
Following the notion that we must trade our symbiotic relationship with the land and vegetation to successfully develop and grow, my works aim to reconnect the viewer to the eternal cycle of life and death, destruction and creation on earth, so that we may remove ourselves from our daily roles for a moment and once again see ourselves as the ceaseless, inter-dependant link in the chain of life.
Short Biography:
A contemporary South African visual artist and Poet, Tanisha is a recipient of the New and Multi-media award for the Thami Mnyele competition, a winner of the Lovell Gallery National Art competition and has conducted talks at climate change programmes in South Africa.
She has exhibited at group and solo exhibitions in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, East London, Namibia, New York, Paris and Germany and her works are represented at private and corporate collections.

Her photography is often taken in naturally challenging environments, multi-layered, saturated and broken down through digital media and interposed with misplaced objects, each paradoxically symbols of both hope and despair, offering different meanings to imaginary landscapes.