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Cross-Currents in Recent Video Installation:
Water as Metaphor for Identity

February 9–April 2, 2006
Tisch Gallery

Cross-Currents presents recent video installations by four international artists with ties to Africa: Zwelethu Mthethwa, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Moataz Nasr, and Berni Searle. In each work, the amorphous quality of water is explored as a metaphor for shifting notions of identity, migration, and memory—of fluidity and instability, of spiritual rebirth, of violence, and of traumatic loss of life. Water conceptually speaks to the invisible currents that drive the dissolution of familiar categories of race, nation, and identity, and the dilution and loss of cultural heritage—all central issues today in contemporary post- colonial art and theory.

Zwelethu Mthethwa
(b. 1960, Durban, South Africa; resides Cape Town, South Africa
Crossings, three-channel digital video projection, 2003/re-mastered 2005

(b. 1975, Nairobi, Kenya; resides Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany)
Down by the River, video projection, light object, red soil with text, 2001

Moataz Nasr
(b. 1961, Alexandria, Egypt; resides Cairo, Egypt)
Crossings, video projection, 2001

Berni Searle
(b. 1964, Cape Town, South Africa; resides Cape Town, South Africa
About to Forget , three-channel digital video projection, 2005

Cross-Currents is co-curated by Pamela Allara, associate professor of contemporary art at Brandeis University, Peter Probst, associate professor of african art history and visual culture at Tufts University, and Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of the galleries and collections at Tufts.

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Crossings, still image, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Down By the River, installation photo, courtesy of the artist

Moataz Nasr, The Water, still photo, courtesy of the artist

Berni Searle, About to Forget, still images, courtesy of the artist