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Vienna Insight by Karin Sawetz, publisher Fashionoffice (19 November 2014)

Artists' views of Africa on silk scarves

Yesterday, I met Daniela Herneth-Macheck at Palais Coburg where several labels presented their products. The name of Daniela's label is 'LoomingArts' and references the medium which transports the art works like the two on view on the photo. The founder of Loomingarts presented various silk scarves on this day, but the one by Dave Robertson (born in Zimbabwe, living in Cape Town) is my favorite: it shows rain drops on the window of a car and the traffic lights outside. The 'kloof street #8' photograph was taken 2008 in Cape Town and is one of the images of Robertson's 'Rain Exhibition, Cape Town'-series. Loomingarts publishes on its website a video interview with Dave Robertson in his studio.

The second scarf on view on this page (on the wall behind Daniela) shows the valley Gamkas Kloof photographed by Frank Ellis (born in South Africa, raised in Europe and the Middle East). The image transports an extraordinary history: when a road was built in the 1960ies, the people used the chance to leave the isolated valley. Frank Ellis captured the 'pure nature' of Gamkas Kloof.


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