Berni Searle | the artist
The artist Berni Searle
Born July 7 1964, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Drawing from personal narratives as well as more collective experiences, my work can be seen as a series of explorations around the body, history, time and place…
Searle's main project for the exhibition is Night Fall, a triple screen video installation and a series of related prints. The artist has placed herself precariously on top of a huge mound of crushed red grape skins that have been spurted out from an overhead funnel. En masse the grape skins form a sensuous reddish purple backdrop, simultaneously evoking lusciousness and decay. Shot mainly in slow motion, at dusk and dawn, the work has a contemplative dreamlike quality which is disrupted by an unexpected series of 'falls'…
A matter of time
I think my work operates on different levels and reflects different racial and political experiences – but I dont think my pieces are limited by that. I hope they transcend and go beyond that, and provide a space for illusion and fantasy. They reflect a desire to present myself in various ways to counter the image that has been imposed on me. Berni Searle
Working with photography, video and film, Berni Searles lens based installations references ongoing explorations around history, memory and place.