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JANE ALEXANDER  /  SURVEY  /  March 19, 2009 – April 18, 2009  /

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Installation View, 2009

March 19 – April 18, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6-8pm

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Survey, Jane Alexander’s first solo exhibition at the gallery of photomontage prints.  Alexander works in a range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, photography and video. 
In these photomontage prints she has composed images of her hybrid sculptures into African environments, images that make reference to land as a resource and site of human and animal presence in the context of social manipulation, migration, conflict and security. Using her own photographs to compose images from multiple components through the medium of Photoshop, Alexander has considered intervention and change in particular locations such as an actual south western diamond field; an estuary which has been sparsely settled since prehistoric times (Verlorenvlei); a central reserve for wild animals; and the North African frontier of Melilla, separating Africa from Europe.

Jane Alexander was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959 where she earned her Master of Arts in Fine Art in 1988 from the University of Witwatersrand.  She lives and works in Cape Town and is a Professor in the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.   She has exhibited her work internationally and has been included in numerous biennale’s including Meeting Point, The 10th edition of the Havana Biennial opening in March 2009; Re-Thinking Dissent: Fourth Gothenburg Biennial, Gothenburg Sweden, 2007; How to live together: 27th Sao Paulo Biennale, 2006; and Identita e Alterita. Venice Biennial, Palazzo Grassi, 1995.  Her work was included in The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 – 1994, curated by Okwui Enwezor, and Africa Remix curated by Simon Njami.  A solo exhibition of her work entitled Being Human is on view at the Galilee Chapel, Durham until March 22nd.
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