Wschód is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Cape Town based artist Jeanne Gaigher entitled ‘Anatomy lesson’.
‘Gaigher’s work is a composite of the body and its terrain, a supple amalgam of tensions between the two. Unreliable architectures and mercurial protagonists ripen on the surface of Gaigher’s shredded and stitched canvas. Her compositions rot and bloom to a dream-logic, where painterly gestures dissolve and resolution is substituted with fluidity […]’
The show will be accompanied by the video walk with the artist and a curator’s talk with Anissa Touati – a French exhibition maker and an independent curator trained as an archeologist.
Anissa Touati – curator, serves as the founding director of the cultural organization Octavia. She is the Curator-at-large of Paris Internationale, the artistic director of the pavilion for a Mediterranean nation of the Biennial of Lagos 2023 (Nigeria) and the curator in chief of the launch of the Thalie Foundation in Arles. She is the former artistic director of Contemporary Istanbul, for which she built a program reflecting on the question of Mediterraneism and the former associate director of the Chalet Society in Paris. Since 2021, She is a committee member of the MAH Geneva, a member of the acquisition committee of the FRAC Corse, a member of the final jury of Paris-Malaquais higher school of architecture and a nominator to The Sovereign African Art Prize, South Africa.
Jeanne Gaigher (b.1990) completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Stellenbosch University in 2012. In 2017 ,Gaigher received the Index Artist in Residence Scholarship at Freira – Stipendium in Zurich, Switzerland. She recently held her solo exhibition ‘Sing into my Mouth’ at Osart Gallery in Milan in 2021. In the last months of 2020 she presented an extensive solo exhibition ‘Tango’ at Smac Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 2018, Gaigher presented her solo exhibition, Century’s View, at SMITH in Cape Town, South Africa. Further solo exhibitions include Wieg and Club at SMITH in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016 and 2015 respectively. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Phoenix Runway’, Whatiftheworld Gallery curated by Reservoir Projects, 2022; ‘Gather and A Show of Solidarity’, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2020; ‘African Textures’, Osart Gallery, 2019; ‘The Female Line’, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2019; ‘Close Encounters’, SMITH, Cape Town, 2018.