Robin Rhode, Juggla, 2007.


Robin Rhode

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
September 23–December 7

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal

The Chaplinesque persona of South African artist Robin Rhode appears in a number of his works, many of which document his enchanting performances, using basic materials such as charcoal and chalk. His oeuvre—which includes site-specific wall drawings and, more recently, sculptures—touches on themes of race, class, and geopolitics, as in Empties (Green), 2007, a crate of wavy, elongated bottles of Carling Black Label, a beer associated with the native African solidarity movement during apartheid. For Rhode’s first major UK exhibition, curator Stephanie Rosenthal will assemble some thirty-five photographs, digital animations, film projections, sculptures, drawings, and paintings from the past decade, with a focus on the artist’s latest output. Outside the Hayward, look for Rhode’s new site-specific commissions in the surrounding Southbank Centre.