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The Joburg Fringe Video Berlin exhibition presented a complex insight into a South African videoart. Because Johanesburg is the most dangerous place in the world, the video work is very different from other particularities of another art metropolises we have reflected. That’s why Johanesburg is also an attractive centre for many African artists.
As it is in the habit, curators Claudia Shneider a Christiane Grüß built the whole concept on mixing local artists together with for example Sonja Alhäuser (1969) or Chris Newman (1958) and the differencies are thus apparent. But at the same time I wonder why were these European artists chosen as it isn´t clear from the concept and it also came to my mind whether the local selection was to provide the exhibition with a glitter or a punch.
– František Zachoval