Morné Visagie

Die eiland het my tong geskeur. Waar lê die taal vir soveel blou? Hier is net vlakwater se kleur. Dit is ons pa’s wat ons hier hou.

Morné Visagie (1989) is a South African artist, graphic artist and curator who lives and works in Cape Town. He is primarily represented by What If The World Gallery (Cape Town). Visagie graduated in 2011 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT). Visagie trained as a professional graphic artist at Warren Editions, a studio for visual arts in Cape Town. He is also the curator of a committee-based project gallery, Open 24 HRS. In 2018, Visagie started his Masters in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. He has had several solo exhibitions, the most recent of which was entitled “Fountain” at Smith Gallery, Cape Town. “DIE BLOUE WIS” at Nuweland is an exhibition of selected works from the last eight years. Growing up on Robben Island, the Atlantic Ocean that separated Visagie from the mainland became a recurring metaphor in his imagination, and for the past eight years the color blue was the most important medium in his work; a personal symbol of death, loss, nostalgia, memory, religion, sexuality, exile and distance. With his current work, he explores the history of Robben Island as a place of disruption and loss for those who have been discriminated against (exiled and imprisoned there), and the sea, in this case the Atlantic, as a transition space between life and death.

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