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Andries Fourie featured in art gallery through Oct. 31

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Andries Fourie art galleryThe Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College will feature the works of South African mixed media artist Andries Fourie through the month of October.

The show, titled “Fabrications: Works by Andries Fourie” will run in the gallery through Oct. 31. A reception with Fourie is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the gallery in Building 3 on the Salem campus.

In his artist statement, Fourie said the pieces focus on the issues of memory, identity, tradition and cultural hybridity in South Africa culture.

From 1948 to 1994, South Africa operated under apartheid, a system of institution racial segregation enforced by the national government, which was run by Afrikaners, white South Africans of Dutch descent.

“As an Afrikaner,  I view the present through the lens of a complicated, even contradictory, past,” Fourie wrote. “After three hundred years in Africa, Afrikaners  are still torn between seeing themselves as European colonists or Africans. I see this sense of displacement and confusion as an opportunity to critically examine my ethnic identity, my people’s traditions, and their troubled history as the architects and enforcers of apartheid.”

The hybridity to South African culture is highlighted through the mixing of media in Fourie’s pieces, he added.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. For additional information, call the gallery at 503.399.2533.


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