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January 19, 2019 / South Africa
‘Technology of Loneliness’
‘INTIMATE LONELINESS – SEX WITH THINGS’ EXHIBITION
Saturday Star, South Africa
The most connected yet loneliest generation.
This might be one of the greatest ironies which could go on to define society as we know it.
This paradox has seen billions of individuals and groups connect through the digital world with people from all walks of life around the globe. Modern technology has now allowed engagements and conversations to operate on a continuous basis which are no longer limited to geographical locations or time barriers. You can text, e-mail, video call, Snapchat and upload posts to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest from the comfort of your cellphone. Despite this online revolution, loneliness, which is a catalyst for depression and suicide, remains a worldwide epidemic and is an increasing public health concern.
Longing for human interaction and connection is considered to be at an all-time high as sincerity and authenticity are continually questioned. This was the basis of acclaimed German artist Saysay.love’s latest work, which is set to be showcased in South Africa for the first time next week. His groundbreaking exhibition titled, Intimate Loneliness I Sex with Things, aims to shed light on the argument that humans have become what the artist refers to as “dehumanised, controllable and easy to manipulate”.
“I think that as humans we are becoming more disconnected from each other, which I feel is a result of the digital age,” he told The Saturday Star. “We care more about our online image than what we are like in our ‘real’ lives.”
Saysay.love explained that people are fixated with being perfect in what he described as a “fake” world where we are losing touch with what is really real.
The exhibition will be at the GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, from January 22-February 1 and the Agog Gallery, in March in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
December 03, 2018 / South Africa
‘Still Life and Life Drawings Exhibition at Iziko’
‘INTIMATE LONELINESS – SEX WITH THINGS’ EXHIBITION
Artslink.co.za News, South Africa
‘Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved? is open at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe until December 7.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is proud to present Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved? – a group exhibition exploring ideas of movement and stillness, and traditional ideas around life drawing and still lifes.
Hosted at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, 80 St John’s Road in Gardens, Cape Town, the exhibition comes as the result of a four-day workshop, where five artists were tasked with collaborating and producing a cohesive body of work. The work reflects five individual perspectives, who, through their varied genres and mediums of practice, have presented a collection of their distilled experiences of life drawings and still lifes.
Curated by Lonwabo Kilani, Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved? seeks to preserve the authenticity of the artistic process, and in engaging five artists with unique backgrounds – Dathini Mzayiya, Tazneem Wentzel, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Thabo Pitso and SaySay.Love – the exhibition has achieved a multiplicity of preserved perspectives.
Kilani notes that “through the creative process, we engaged the idea of movement and stillness, of life and death, and the traditional idea of ‘life drawing’ that presupposes an image generated from life or by something living. The exhibition also reflects on ‘still lifes’, which is the making of work generated from a single object, or group of objects gathered.”
“This is a small group, so there was no expectation within the context of the workshop, where we have dealt with the history of art, which is not literal but more like metaphor, and an organic process where we dealt with artists who are complex people,” Kilani adds.
For SaySay.Love, the workshop and build-up to the exhibition was also an exploration of the contradictions with which artists and humanity grapple, often succumbing to a sort of ‘fake life’. He notes that collaboration is vital, where “people have not learned love, so humans today are living the good and the bad side, where impunity and greed represent the bad side, but through art, moments in life can create an awareness that resonates with our need to love.”’
July 18, 2018 / Switzerland
“The Matrix of Water – Message in a Bottle “
Article on the “Message in a Bottle” campaign / The Art Blog
“Photographic artist and social activist SaySay.love launched his “Message in a Bottle” campaign in April this year. He encouraged Capetonians to share their thoughts on his facebook page about living in a city in the midst of the worst drought it has seen in recent decades, and how it has affected their daily lives.
During his recent exhibitions in London and Moscow, cities who according to a recent BBC report, are among 11 major world cities predicted to face water shortages by 2050, the artist displayed the messages from Capetonians in bottles as part of an artistic installation. Those who came to view the exhibition were moved by what they read and were inspired to leave their own messages. The artists’ “Message in a Bottle” campaign and photographic display was brought to the attention of a Moscow radio and television station who did an in-depth interview with the artist about this work and his support of the environment and water issues globally.
On International Children’s Day at the ZDes gallery in Moscow, where the artist was exhibiting, children visiting were encouraged to create their own piece of art around water, clean rivers, saving the animals and plants that live in them and taking care of the environment. The children, after reading the “Message in a Bottle” installation, left some of their own messages, sharing their thoughts on taking care of the environment and saving water.
During his exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in London, SaySay.Love supported WaterAid’s campaign ‘The Water Effect.’ He has seen for himself the devastating impact lack of water has on whole communities. Drought is not just about thirst. The Water Effect is a campaign to bring clean water to communities. When clean water arrives for the first time it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods. It literally changes everything. To find out more visit www.wateraid.org”
July 18, 2018 / Cologne, Germany
“The Matrix of Water – Message in a Bottle “
Article on the “Message in a Bottle” campaign / Art Blog Cologne
“Während meiner letzten Ausstellungen in London und Moskau – zwei Städte, die nach einem aktuellen Bericht der BBC zu den 11 Großstädten der Welt gehören, die wahrscheinlich bis zum Jahr 2050 von Wassermangel betroffen sein werden – steckte ich diese Botschaften der Kapstädter*innen in Flaschen und kreierte daraus eine künstlerische Installation. Die Besucher*innen der Ausstellung waren sehr bewegt von dem, was sie lasen, und hinterließen ihre eigenen Botschaften.
Ein Radiosender aus Moskau und ein Fernsehsender wurden auf meine “Message in a Bottle” Kampagne und meine fotografische Dokumentation derselbigen aufmerksam. Ich wurde zu einem ausführlichen Interview über meine Arbeit und meinen Einsatz für die Umwelt bzw. das Thematisieren von globalen Wasserversorgungsproblemen eingeladen.
Während meiner Ausstellung in der Coningsby Gallery in London unterstützte ich die Kampagne ‘The Water Effect’ von WaterAid’s. Ich habe aus erster Hand die verheerenden Folgen von Wassermangel auf ganze Gemeinden gesehen. Es geht bei Dürre nicht nur um Durst. The Water Effect ist eine Kampagne, durch die sauberes Wasser in die Gemeinden gebracht wird. Sauberes Wasser hat eine mächtige Wirkung, es rettet Leben, es verbessert die Gesundheit. Es verändert im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes einfach alles. Hier könnt ihr mehr über diese Kampagne erfahren: www.wateraid.org”
June 1, 2018 / London, UK
“SaySay Love: The Matrix of Water “
Interview by Colin Hambrook / Disability Arts Online
“If the water industry does not improve the infrastructure of water supplies and water efficiency, London will face terrible drought in the coming decades. That we should consider our plentiful water supply while we can, is the stark message of ‘The Matrix of Water’ – a series of large-scale photographic images that dive into the power, structure and beauty of H2O.”
SaySay.Love’s photographs create an intriguing and poetic abstract impression. They are like images seen under a microscope or taken from outer space – capturing moments in nature that seem in one sense divorced from reality and in another almost too real.”
May 25, 2018 / London, UK
“The Water Margin, and the vision of SaySay.Love”
a-n The Artists Information Company
“Water is life to us, we cannot live without it and it has shaped our world, marked our pasts and our futures. But it also has a life of its own, as SaySay.Love’s work shows us. “In these images you can see the sensitivity – there is personality, a definite energy in water, you can see and feel it”
“The images have been seen this year in Cape Town, Amsterdam, Moscow and London. They are not for sale in the usual sense, but those available can be acquired for a donation to the charity WaterAid. And they have had other manifestations, with the South African couturier Jacques Lagrange collaborating with SaySay to create a collection with the images printed on fabric, shown at International Fashion Weeks Amsterdam in May, 2018.”
May 25, 2018 / Moscow, Russia
“My work is a silent protest”
“Мои работы – это молчаливый протест”
Art Узел интервью / Art Uzel Interview
“В Москве, в галерее Выставочного объединения Москвы «Здесь на Таганке» открылась выставка архитектора и фотографа SaySay Love. Немецкий художник впервые побывал в Москве и был рад поделиться с гостями галереи идеями своих работ.”
” Этот вопрос я много раз задавал сам себе. Мои фотографии – молчаливый протест. Мы теряем связь с природой, в которой живём. Каждый из нас состоит из воды более чем на 80 процентов, и если вода исчезнет, то мы тоже. Зрители моих проектов, глядя на фотографии, начинают задумываться о значимости сохранения природы и воды…”
“Your exhibition “There is no more water” is partly inspired by the stunning nature of Cape Town, partly influenced by your concerns for the ecological future. Can, in your opinion, art help to protect the environment ?”
“I asked myself this question many times. My photos are a silent protest. We are losing touch with the nature in which we live. Each of us consists of water to more than 80 percent, and if water disappears, then we will too. Viewers of my projects, looking at my photos, start to think about the importance of preserving nature and water…”
May 16, 2018 / Moscow, Russia
“THERE IS NO MORE WATER HERE”
«Здесь больше нет воды»
Россия К – RUSSIA CULTURE TV / TV COVERAGE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION IN MOSCOW
“В галерее «Здесь на Таганке» открылась фотовыставка «Здесь больше нет воды». Ее автор – немецкий архитектор и художник, который работает под псевдонимом SaySay Love – призывает посетителей бережнее относиться к природным ресурсам.”
“В названии выставки глобальная социальная проблема: главный жизненно необходимый ресурс планеты под угрозой. Как архитектора, Йорка Дуске тоже интересовала социальная проблематика. В Германии он стал известен как автор контейнерного города в Берлине. Дома, построенные из уже ненужных контейнеров – это такой вариант приспособить то, что сложно утилизировать. В подобных домах живут студенты, снимают дешевое и модное жилье. Выставку в Москве Saysay Love готовил вместе с арт-группой SKIP – Анной Саррэ и Ильей Кипоренко. «Теперь я должен фильтровать» – так называется их совместная инсталляция из сменных кассет фильтров для воды. А этот «Водопой» – о том, как люди приходят набирать воду, если ее отключают в домах.”
A transcript/subtitles for this TV coverage will follow soon.
May 10, 2018 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
BITS – The Matrix of Water
BITS – ART THE SCIENCE BLOG / ARTICLE ON THE “THE MATRIX OF WATER” EXHIBITION
‘Artist SaySay.Love captures the beauty and power of water in his latest exhibition “The Matrix of Water”‘
“For me, photography is both an intentional and a spontaneous medium. My works strive to disseminate the idea that water has a memory and forces us to look back at the past (as birth), and ahead to the idea of the waterless future as death itself. But it’s not that simple and clear cut. Water shapes history. It is a record imprinted in nature. Bodies of water, like photographs, contain memories, cultural and biological. Maps do not present merely a visual space, they are interactions between the existence and non-existence of water: Green lush landscapes with flowing rivers, to warm-coloured dry arid terrains. They allow for culture to flourish and the historical record of habitation and migration. In dendrochronology trees reveal historical imprints of water allowing us to discover the history of droughts and weather patterns. An abstract documentary of seasons in the truest sense. The existence and non-existence of water, the micro-printing in seasons, as ring patterns are translated through secular patterns. Such abstraction, visual and complex, I aim to capture in photography.” – SaySay.Love
May 4, 2018 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
THE MATRIX OF WATER
GUP Magazine / ARTICLE ON “THE MATRIX OF WATER” Exhibition
“The recent experience of a drought in Cape Town galvanized SaySay.Love (b. 1962) to focus his creative efforts on something that he—originally from Germany—took for granted: water. He spent the next half-year photographing water around the world, from Africa to Poland, in settings varying from oceans and rivers to inside plumbing and bottles. What followed is the series The Matrix of Water, an abstract exploration of the structure and meaning of water in its most elemental forms.
As the artist himself describes it: “Bodies of water, like photographs, contain memories, cultural and biological. Maps do not present merely a visual space, they are interactions between the existence and non-existence of water: green lush landscapes with flowing rivers, to warm-coloured dry arid terrains.”
The Matrix of Water Series will be shown in Amsterdam at Rutger Brandt Gallery 9-13 May 2018 to coincide with designer Jacques LaGrange’s collection of fashion inspired by SaySay.Love’s work to be launched at Amsterdam Fashion Week.”
May 4, 2018 / Moscow, Russia
“THERE IS NO MORE WATER HERE” / «Здесь больше нет воды»
Design Mate / Article on the exhibition in Moscow
“Внимание SaySay.Love к растущим с каждым днем экологическим проблемам планеты разделяет куратор галереи «Здесь на Таганке» Андрей Бартенев, который лично принимает участие в программах по охране окружающей среды и спасению Земли от загрязнения. Творческие поиски SaySay.Love, осмысляющие взаимодействие человека и природы, оказались невероятно близки Бартеневу. Художники фокусируются на темах осознанного потребления и открывают зрителям новые эстетические формы, вдохновленные природной стихией. Посетители вернисажа увидят перформанс Ильи Кипоренко, позволяющий каждому осознать, что такое 30 литров воды – это суточная предельная норма, действующая в ЮАР для каждого человека. Согласно подтвержденным ООН экспертным прогнозам в список 11 мегаполисов, где в ближайшем будущем потребление пресной воды может быть ограничено, помимо столицы ЮАР входит и Москва.”
APRIL 4, 2018 / LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
‘THE MATRIX OF WATER’ EXHIBITION
ARTS MEDIA CONTACTS / PRESS RELEASE
“Until now water has always been in abundance, something that I took for granted, an almost invisible resource, like air.” The drought changed all this and inspired the artist to embark on a journey of discovery into water itself. SaySay.Love spent six months photographing water across the world, from Africa to Poland, in settings varying from oceans and rivers to inside plumbing and bottles.
The resulting series of images show the artist’s interpretations of the mercurial structure and beauty of water and its integral relationship to environment.’
“For me, photography is both an intentional and a spontaneous medium. My works strive to disseminate the idea that water has a memory and force us to look back at the past (as birth), and ahead to the idea of the waterless future as death itself. But it’s not that simple and clear cut. Water shapes history. It is a record imprinted in nature. Bodies of water, like photographs, contain memories, cultural and biological. Maps do not present merely a visual space, they are interactions between the existence and non-existence of water: Green lush landscapes with flowing rivers, to warm-coloured dry arid terrains.
They allow for culture to flourish and the historical record of habitation and migration. In dendrochronology trees reveal historical imprints of water allowing us to discover the history of droughts and weather patterns. An abstract documentary of seasons in the truest sense. The existence and non-existence of water, the micro-printing in seasons, as ring patterns are translated through secular patterns. Such abstraction, visual and complex, I aim to capture in photography.” SaySay.Love
Feb 16, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘Saysay.Love and Jacques Lagrange create a stir at the 2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair’ / SA BREAKING NEWS
“The prestigious couture designer has won numerous awards since the late 1990’s, including but not limited to the Young Designer of the Year award, and Most Elegant Couple award at the Sun Met. His work has been featured extensively on international TV shows such as Top Billing, Expresso and Fashion One to list a few.Pairing up with photographer and visual activist, SaySay.love, LaGrange has created dresses that blend both fine art and fashion into one high-end walking art piece. The pieces are crafted from SaySay.love’s works – original artworks printed onto fabric to create unique eye-catching creations.“
March, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE ART OF ABSTRACTION’ / ART AFRICA MAGAZINE
Art Africa Magazine, “THE ART OF ABSTRACION / SaySay.Love on making waves”
“Rich colours seem trapped behind a veil of darkness – visible yet unable to breach the folded contours that form out of the flowing water. SaySay’s work may be uninhabited by traditional portraiture of structures, but run rampant with emotion and thalassic imagery.”
Feb 1, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
THE GIFT OF WATER: CHAPTER III / Velaze Vinolia Mabele
Feb 1, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
THE GIFT OF WATER: CHAPTER III / HABITAT
“This coming month, artist and visual activist SaySay.Love will reveal his highly acclaimed body of work, ‘The Gift of Water: Chapter III’ to Johannesburg audiences at a charity event. The body of work seeks to grow awareness of the water crisis facing the Western Cape and highlights the precious resource that connects every aspect of life and cannot be taken for granted.
Building on the success of ‘The Gift of Water: Chapters I & II’ SaySay continues his pledge to make a difference and once again offers to donate all the proceeds of the sale of the work to Lalela, his chosen charity. Lalela provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.”
Jan 24, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER: CHAPTER III’
EXHIBITION FOR CHARITY / PRESS RELEASE
“This coming month, artist and visual activist SaySay.Love will reveal his much acclaimed body of work, ‘The Gift of Water: Chapter III’ to Johannesburg audiences at a charity event. The body of work seeks to grow awareness of the water crisis facing the Western Cape and highlights the precious resource that connects every aspect of life and cannot be taken for granted.
Building on the success of ‘The Gift of Water: Chapters I & II’ SaySay continues his pledge to make a difference and once again offers to donate all the proceeds of the sale of the work to Lalela, his chosen charity. Lalela (lalela.org) provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.”
Jan 23, 2018 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ / CREATIVE FEEL
“This is SaySay.Love’s universe. He unlocks familiar memories and experiences from our subconscious – time spent as a child exploring rock pools, walking with a loved one in a familiar setting, or times when you were inspired by the unlimited beauty and flow in nature. SaySay.Love’s images at once transport you into the depths of the Earth, simultaneously placing you in a distant galaxy.”
Dec 25, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ / EIKESTADNUUS
“This exhibition, which opens 28 December and runs until 13 January, is inspired by the visual artist’s world around him, particularly the global source of life; water. The photographs that form part of the exhibition were taken mainly in Cape Town. Hopefully, these powerful images will make viewers think twice about their water usage.
Nov 30, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER: CHAPTER II’ / PRESS RELEASE
‘THE GIFT OF WATER: Chapter II’ opens 28th December and runs until 13th January 2018 / THAT COLLECTIVE
“My art highlights water as our most precious natural resource, I hope that it in- spires thoughtfulness and awareness.”
“Artist SaySay.Love is set to launch his second exhibition in Cape Town, and the first at the AVA gallery (Association of Visual Artists). This exhibition comes shortly after the grand success of ‘The Gift of Water’ at One11 Gallery. ‘The Gift of Water’ saw Cape Town’s eclectic art scene come together. ‘Chapter Two’ opens 28th December and runs until 13th January 2018. The latest body of work will reveal a new selection of prints as well as the artist’s most recognised artworks.”
Dec 01, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ / THE LUXE DIGEST
“In a time when Cape Town has been gripped by one of its worst drought in decades (with the prediction that the worst is yet to come), the work of South African visual artist and photographer SaySay.Love has never been more important. The drought has led to an increase in government campaigns urging citizens to conserve water, leading to a decrease in daily consumption from 1.1 billion litres as of January 2016 to 582 million litres today. In his exhibition, The Gift of Water, SaySay, who is visually impaired, aims to reshape the way Capetonians view water.”
Nov 30, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ / ART AFRICA MAGAZINE
“Artist to donate proceeds of sale of unique artwork valued at R1million to support youth education.”
“This unique artwork – a lightbox measuring 3 metres in width and 1.96 metres in height – displays an image of water, at once illuminating this precious liquid and enlightening the viewer to its invaluable and limited volume.
This body of work entitled THE GIFT OF WATER, captured primarily in Cape Town, is inspired by the life-force that is water. SaySay.Love’s art reshapes our understanding of this gift, and his colourful expressions reflect his understanding of preserving this life-binding agent that fills our rivers and seas. Its ebb and flow – meticulously timed with the phases and movements of the tides – bring not only new life to our shores, but refreshes our emotions and souls. Water is a gift provided by nature for the sustainability and rebirth of life. SaySay hopes his work will inspire this too.”
Nov 26, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ PUTS LIFE FORCE IN PERSPECTIVE
Sunday Weekend Argus, News Review Article on “THE GIFT OF WATER”
“A year ago, photographer SaySay.Love had no idea the city would be facing a drought. Unbeknown to him, and captured by the vast natural beauty of the mother city and his experiences with water. This journey of visual reflection has cumulated into a body of work titled, “The Gift of Water”. The photographic exhibition is inspired by the lifeforce that is water. SaySay.Love’s images reshapes our understanding of this gift, and his colourful expressions reflect his understanding of preserving this lifebinding agent that fills our rivers and dams. “
Nov 23, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
THE GIFT OF WATER / ELLE DECORATION
“In what seems like the perfect time to have a conversation about water and our dependency on it, SaySay.Love, the enigmatic artist, unveils his latest photography exhibition –’The Gift of Water’– at Gallery One11, 111 Loop Street in Cape Town on the 24th of November, and, trust us, you don’t want to miss this”
Nov 17, 2017 / CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
THE GIFT OF WATER / HABITAT
“Artist SaySay.Love began a creative journey in recent years when he was inspired by the vast natural beauty of Cape Town, which he now calls home. This journey of visual reflection has culminated in the moving body of work entitled ‘THE GIFT OF WATER’.
‘THE GIFT OF WATER’ is a bequest to the City of Cape Town. SaySay believes that visitors to the exhibition will be moved by their experiences and take with them inspiration to support his vision to create a better society for all…”