Kendell Geers, Homage to Alfred Jarry, 2006.
In collaboration with PERFORMA 17, WhiteBox is pleased to present two performances by South African artist Kendell Geers, RitualResist and WhoDoVooDuchamp? These will be the artist’s first solo presentations in New York.
African Artist Kendell Geers loves to hate and hates to love the father of conceptual art. In this spoken word ritual killing of the father, historical fact, mythology, fiction and fantasy are blended in a quasi-art historical spoken work performance. Everything you thought you knew about Marcel Duchamp will be changed forever as he is exposed as spy, Rosicrucian, initiate, sexual predator, secret society master general and thief. Tighten the seatbelts of your expectations as you are taken on a guided tour, racing through time in a spectacular detour of history, by a master trickster of the spoken word.
Born into a working class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes.
Believing that art is as political as it is spiritual, Kendell Geers’ varied practice cannot be simplified, cannot be reduced to cliché or fashion. His strategies are without compromise because he believes that “Art changes the world – one perception at a time.”
Curated by Juan Puntes, WhiteBox Artistic Director; Curatorial Associate Amanda Ryan. Supported by Goodman Gallery and the South African Pavilion Committee, Johnathan Jawno and Southern African Foundation For Contemporary Art.