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APRIL 4 , 2018 / LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
‘THE MATRIX OF WATER’ EXHIBITION
PRESS RELEASE / ARTS MEDIA CONTACTS
“Until now water has always been in abundance, something that I took for granted, an almost invisible resource, like air.” He said. 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…”