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Subtle Thresholds exhibition – at Iziko Museum to end July 2010

Subtle Thresholds, an exhibition curated by artist Fritha Langerman which explores infectious diseases and the complex inter-relationship between zoological, human and microbial worlds, is on at the Iziko South African Museum until the end of July 2010.

Langerman, who spent over two years developing this exhibition, has combined thousands of elements – including new artworks and artefacts from the Iziko South African Museum, the University of Cape Town and the Wits Adler Museum – to examine the historic and current visual representation of disease.

“Infectious diseases are the frontier at which species meet,” said Langerman.

Subtle Thresholds has been made possible thanks to funding from the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), the National Arts Council and the National Research Foundation.

The Iziko South African Museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Entrance R15 per adult and free for children under 16 years. For more details visit www.iziko.org.za or call (021) 481 3800.

Fritha Langerman-Biography
Fritha Langerman is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town where she teaches printmaking and drawing at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has produced a number of public commissioned works, including the 3rd Cape Town Public Sculpture Commission in St George’s Mall and a sculptural installation in the Pharmacology Dept, UCT. Her awards include a Sasol Wax Merit award (2003), an ABSA Atelier Merit award (1999) and a UCT Junior Fellow’s Award (2007). Her most recent solo exhibition, Of Symmetries and Oxymorons: The Knowledge Chambers (2007-8), exhibited in Johannesburg and Cape Town, reflected on visual knowledge systems through the use of historical and contemporary print methodologies. She has curated a number of exhibitions including Lexicons and Labyrinths: the iconography of the genome at the South African Museum (2003) and Curiosity 175 (with Pippa Skotnes and Gwen van Embden) at the University of Cape Town (2004).


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