Class is a collection of twenty five hand-printed color photographic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. The works were photographed in Grahamstown, South Africa during the Truth & Reconciliation Commission hearings in the city. The city was approached as a text to be edited and read with conversations and meanings in flux.

Settler, 40 x 40 Colour photographic print

Brent Meistre

Restoration, 40 x 40 cm colour photographic print

Brent Meistre

Blind, 40 x 40 colour photographic print

Brent Meistre

Witnesses, 40 x 40 Colour photographic print

Brent Meistre

Returned, 40 x 40cm color photographic print

Brent Meistre

Responsibility, 40 x 40cm

Brent Meistre

Meistre’s Classroom
By Gerhard Schoeman
                          

In Brent Meistre's Class the desire for self-knowledge takes a sharp turn into the abyss. Photographic signifiers lose their signifieds in an endless chain of signification.
                       
Meistre exhibits photographs of various spaces denoted by way of fragmentary signs such as "Responsibility" or "Permanent", together with children's ABC books, which he has taken apart and rearranged so that words and image relate only arbitrarily.

For example, one page has a picture of a girl throwing a yellow ball into the air, and the text accompanying the picture reads, "She's clearing the table". That the installation is situated in the classroom where the artist studied secondary school art history demonstrates intricately and playfully the delirium of language and the abyss of knowledge - deconstructing as it does the artist's own education and art tradition. Words and images become allegorical. And in allegory, wrote Walter Benjamin, "any person, any object, any relationship can mean absolutely anything else". 

2001

Father is cuddling the baby

Brent Meistre

INSTALLATION VIEWS


Classroom Installation View

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Classroom Installation View

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Installation View - detail

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© BRENT MEISTRE 2017