Tessa Frootko Gordon, a Boston based, South African-born photographer will be exhibiting images made on the island of Zanzibar in 2018. “I would not have known of Zanzibar had it not been for the art of Irma Stern,” says Gordon. The UCT Irma Stern Museum is a locale that resonates with this exhibition.
Tessa Frootko Gordon developed an interest in African art and also European and American modernism in her mid- teens. Stern’s work held a particular fascination for its foundation and fluency in German Expressionism but also because it was essentially African.
Gordon had Stern’s Zanzibar in mind when visiting the island for the first time in 2018, some fifty years on. She went in search of Irma’s Zanzibar as she discovered her own through photographs of Stone Town and the East Coast.
This work in progress is a homage to Irma Stern and it is appropriately exhibited in Irma’s house, the UCT Irma Stern Museum.
Kathryn Gordon Bernstein will also be exhibiting her work titled Long Street Baths at the Irma Stern Museum – see here
WHERE: UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700
WHEN: Opening 11:00 Saturday 6 April 2019. Hours: Tuesday -Friday from 10am-5pm and on Saturday from 10am-2pm. Closed on public holidays.