Neo Matloga, ‘my hero is always next to me’

Artist: Neo Matloga

Stroom Den Haag kicks off the new cultural season on Saturday 4 September with the opening of the exhibition 'my hero is always next to me' by Neo Matloga. The South African artist is known for his monochromatic collages that are both intimate and political. With a selection of smaller works — consisting solely of portraits — he invites visitors to actively and curiously engage in a personal viewing experience.

Political, personal and universal - this is how Neo Matloga's work can be characterized. Matloga was born in South Africa a year before the official end of apartheid (1994). In his collages he reworks images of his world, sometimes opting for intimate, joyful everyday moments between individuals, and sometimes for public, iconic and generally known imagery. Stories of love and belonging can exist in stark contrast to the ever-persistent reality of a society characterised by colonialism and racism. A tension that can always be felt in his work.

Matloga's search for new imaginations is a combination of choreography, composition, and creative intuition. The visual material from media, magazines, photo albums and soap operas is distorted and painted over with ink, paint and liquid chalk. By cutting, tearing and building up different layers and stories, new connections are always created between past, present and future

In this exhibition, Matloga chooses a new approach that differs somewhat from the large monochrome works on canvas which many know. The work that is bought by the Hartwig Art Foundation and donated to the Dutch State, is the result of a for Matloga new experimental practice of collage on canvas. With the selection of smaller works — consisting solely of portraits — he shifts the scale, inviting the public to make active viewing also a personal and intimate experience.

The exhibition by Neo Matloga is the first of three presentations in collaboration with the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund and is also made possible by the Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij Fonds and the City of The Hague.

Until 03 October
Hogewal 1, 2514 HA Den Haag

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Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 03 October

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Stroom Den Haag
Stroom Den Haag
exhibition
until 10 October

Swallow Up

Ruth Waters
1646
Stroom Den Haag
exhibition
until 24 October

Fire, Fire, Fire!

Bas van Beek
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 06 November

Touch-Ground

Marlot Meyer
Heden
Parts Project
West Den Haag
exhibition
until 05 December

Lovers on the Beach

Lee Kit
West Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
NEST
West Den Haag
exhibition
until 06 February

Façade

Igor Mitoraj
Museum Beelden aan Zee
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