The Boy Who Cried Wolf, 2019


Manière noir and traditional stone lithograph
Edition of 20
Printed at Atelier le Grand Village
Paper size H 108 cm W 77cm
Image size H 82 cm W 60 cm
Unframed


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€1,900.00



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The Boy Who Cried Wolf, 2019

The boy who cried wolf is an old folk tale warning us of the dangers of making false alarms.

To ‘cry wolf’ is to give false warning or even false hope. In a time of ‘alternative truths’ and misinformation, the risk arises that when real trouble appears so much emotional energy has been expended on false statements that a sense of apathy ensues leading to greater danger.

In the boy who cried wolf, the figure of a youth cloaked by the skin of the hyena emerges almost playfully from the deception, as if part of a children’s game of truth or dare. Yet one is aware of the almost animalistic attraction of the beauty of youth. Here the hand gesture reminds the viewer of the gesture of the Christ child as depicted in religious paintings.

Two fingers raised in a seeming act of blessing resemble a form that is visually similar to that of an aggressive animal claw – the strong profile of the hyena and its  anthropomorphized limb dominate the initial reading of the image allowing for an ambiguous reading of the scene.

The hand gesture reminds the viewer of the gesture of the Christ child as depicted in religious paintings. Two fingers raised in a seeming act of blessing resemble a form that is visually similar to that of an aggressive animal claw – the strong profile of the hyena and its  anthropomorphized  limb dominate the initial reading of the image allowing for an ambiguous reading of the scene.

Diane Victor

Diane Victor (b. 1964 in Witbank, South Africa) has established herself as a major figure in the South African and International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draughtsmanship. Victor positions herself within the South African art scene through her bold confrontations with difficult and at times taboo subject matter. Her large scale drawings and etchings demonstrate a command of mark-making, which she uses to render her subjects in affecting detail. At times, her work seems to pose challenges to social and political life in contemporary South Africa, considering issues of corruption, violence and an unequal power distribution.

Having received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a major in Printmaking, and graduating with distinction – Victor has gone on to win various prestige awards including the Sasol New Signatures Award in 1987. In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, France. Over this period, Victor was able to work collaboratively with other experienced printmakers and to observe and reflect on a society very different from her own.

Victor has exhibited at numerous venues around South Africa and internationally, some of which include the UNISA Gallery, Fried Contemporary, MoMA New York, Faulconer Gallery, The Highpoint Center for printmaking, The Gus Fisher Gallery, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Yale University Art Gal...

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Atelier le Grand Village

'Atelier le Grand Village' is a lithography studio located in the hamlet ‘le Grand Village’ in the Charente-Limousine, in the south-west of France. The founder, Francis van der Riet, was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in France since 1988. The aim of the studio is to revive the art of stone lithography by inviting artists in residence from around the world. Artists from several countries, including France, South Africa, the United States, Japan, Brazil and Bulgaria, have already come and worked in the studio. 

Atelier le Grand Village has participated in several exhibitions around the world particularly in France, South Africa, Sweden, Portugal and the United States. All works produced at the studio are registered with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Works created at the studio are in collections with the Albertina in Vienna, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the IZIKO South African National gallery and the Victoria & Albert museum in London.

In October 2019, Atelier le Grand Village was invited to the leading art fair dedicated to African art -1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair - London, as a special project by presenting works from Diane Victor, Bambo Sibiya and Mongezi Ncaphayi.


Atelier le Grand Village
7 le Grand Village
16310, Massignac
France

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