Clifford Charles


Clifford Charles was the first black student to graduate with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, during apartheid in South Africa, and he now works and lives in Johannesburg. One of the earliest members of the Afrika Cultural Centre, he also worked for fifteen years as an 'artist/activist' in unions, hospitals, youth groups and other social institutions. He exhibited in the 2003 Venice Biennale and his work is held by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the University of South Africa and numerous corporate collections.

Fall, similar to the works on paper included in Charles' Iniva exhibition, charts new visual and physical spaces in post-apartheid South Africa. Ink flows unevenly across the surface of the paper, dense and impenetrable in some areas, in other areas staining the paper only lightly, at times almost transparent. Charles' work bears silent witness to the slippage, multiple layers and forgetfulness in the lived experience of post-colonial Africa.

Fall, ink on paper, 2005

Edition of 50

37 x 27.5cm 

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