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02 Apr 2019

The Melrose Gallery is proud to present the upcoming solo exhibition by Christiaan Diedericks – In Search Of A New King, to be held between 9 May and 9th June. Diedericks, one of South Africa’s most widely exhibited fine artists and printmakers, both locally and internationally, is known for capturing beauty in poignant, thought-provoking, and often painful themes. Always pushing boundaries politically, socially and religiously, as well as personally, he is as unafraid of laying down his own truth as he is of the worlds…and In Search Of A New King is one of his most personal and indeed, important exhibitions to date.


For many years the artist has addressed issues of gender, sexual orientation, masculinity, body politics and the environment in his work, and his audience may be forgiven for expecting similar themes in his new collective. In Search Of A, New King puts issues such as poverty, the possible failure of Capitalism, power, race, racism, the appalling legacy of Apartheid and colonisation in Africa, patriarchy, global slavery, (modern corporate slavery) under a critical spotlight.

In doing so, his work continues to play devil’s advocate to not only spark debate but also to question his own position as a privileged white, Western, gay man in his country of choice.

The artist realises he is only scratching the surface and continues to have many questions, having been positioned as an educated, and rather sheltered younger, man, who was perhaps blinded by his own upbringing. One specific question that continues to be a theme through this exhibition is “What is wrong with Africa?”

The vast and complex answers make writing an informed exhibition statement an impossible task. Growing up with the instinctive feeling that his white forefathers and kin were intrinsically wrong, the realisation that it was indeed, immoral only came much later...Click to continue reading


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