Memories that families treasure

HIDDEN DESIRES: Terry Kurgan's It's a Secret. © Unknown.
HIDDEN DESIRES: Terry Kurgan's It's a Secret. © Unknown.

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Visual artist Terry Kurgan's exhibition - (I promise) I love you - is on at the Art On Paper Gallery in Johannesburg.

It features etchings and drawings. Kurgan is often classified as a photographer because she has used photographs as a catalyst of the semiotic development in her work. But she says that the processes and products of her work are essentially those of working with, and about photography, rather than using the medium as an end in itself to create photographic art.

Her new etchings and drawings in (I promise) I love you mark a significant shift in focus and medium.

"It is about the of-course-I-love-you moments and exchanges between parents and children. It is about the memories families want to make.

Though the images in the etchings are drawn from old family photographs, they yield an alternative form of knowledge," Kurgan says.

The exhibition on Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, will close on 28 February.

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