Christine Dixie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fine Art at Rhodes University, South Africa. Her work is intent on drawing the viewer into a mesmeric yet disquieting space. A deceptively calm surface is disrupted by an undercurrent, a counter-narrative that threatens to disrupt a tenuous vision of logic and stability.
Dixie is represented in national and international collections including The New York Public Library, The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, The Johannesburg Art Museum and the Isiko National Art Museum. She has had several solo exhibitions including FrontTears, 1997, track, 2000, Hide, 2002 and Corporeal Prospects (The Standard Bank Gallery), 2007. The installation The Binding, 2010, which examines the relationship between sacrifice and male identity, was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. International exhibitions include, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory – The Divine Comedy from the Perspective of Contemporary African Artists (curator Simon Njumi); Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa (curator Dr. Karen Milbourne) and the Smithsonian’s 50th anniversary exhibition Conversations: African and American Artworks in Dialogue.
Las Meninas by Velasquez (1565) and a subsequent essay on the painting by Foucault (1966) have been the impetus in developing Dixie’s latest project, To be King a multi-media installation which is recontextualised in the postcolony of the Eastern Cape. It is the insights into structures of power, social and psychological, represented by Velasquez and analysed by Foucault, that Christine Dixie used as entry points into this project which has been exhibited in Cape Town, Venice and London. The exhibition, The Santiago Cross – Invisible Trade, extends this project, focussing on the trade of art.
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Tamzin Lovell Miller
Director (based in Cape town)
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Christian Sulger- Buel
Director (based in London)
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