© 2019 Karlien de Villiers.

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Rich with irony and the interrogation of taboos, De Villiers' stylized images contain grinning skeletons, world-wise women, love-less liaisons and dejected sitters all seemingly plucked from lives riddled with anxieties but handled with humor. Her re-examination of what passes for perversion is couched in the symbols and memorabilia of 1980s and 90s South Africa; floral frocks and barking dogs.


In examining the dispiriting elements of the human condition and of her own history, social issues have come under De Villiers’ purview, among them divorce, violence, sexuality, gender and the twinging pains of existence.


Text: Kunskantoor