Hasan & Husain Essop / Halaal Art / 2010

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Hasan & Husain Essop / Halaal Art / Opening 20 February 11h30 – 13h30

Goodman Gallery is proud to present Halaal Art, an exhibition of photographs and a video installation by twin brothers Hasan and Husain Essop. The exhibition, as with all their work, deals with notions of performance, representation, and the tension between self and other. Born and raised in Cape Town, the twins graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2007. During 2009 they completed a residency in Cuba – coinciding with the inclusion of their work in the Havana Biennale – and facilitated a workshop on invitation from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Halaal Art extends the artists’ preoccupation with the role of the individual in society, in particular the space that Muslim youth negotiate in a secular environment. Inspired by their experiences abroad, the images depict the brothers in various carefully staged locations and poses around Havana, Hamburg and Cape Town.

The thread that ties the images together is their subjects: in Islam, the rendering of the human form is considered haraam or forbidden, and the artists are deliberate about limiting this to their own bodies and bearing the responsibility. They are also not interested in making objective statements – the questions they ask are personal and intimate, and they perform these questions, and the search for answers, with their own bodies.

The title of the show refers to the process of making pure. In the same way that they seek to halaal their lives, to remain pure within the various secular environments they find themselves, the artists create work that is concerned with ritual as a process of purification and cleansing – an acknowledgement of mortality and a preparation for death, the imminence of which is a motif that recurs throughout the exhibition. The photographs occupy a space fraught with tensions; between documentation and narrative, the spontaneous and the staged (as evidenced by the accompanying video installation), and between overt expression and that which is left unsaid.

Hasan and Husain Essop have been collaborating since their graduation from the University of Cape Town. Their work has appeared in several group shows, including Integration and Resistance in the Global Age at the Havana Biennale, ABSA L’Atelier in Johannesburg and Power Play at Goodman Gallery Cape, as well as various private and public collections, including the Durban Art Gallery and the South African National Gallery. They are represented by Goodman Gallery.

  • Feeding Scheme

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Feeding Scheme, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Guerillas

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Guerillas, 2009

    pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Halaal Art

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Halaal Art, Halaal Art

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Havana (Cuba)

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Havana (Cuba), 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Pushing Iron

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Pushing Iron, 2009

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Shooting Hoops

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Shooting Hoops, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Berlin Wall

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Berlin Wall, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Missile Crisis

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Missile Crisis , 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Weapons of mass destruction

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Weapons of mass destruction, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Neuengamme

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Neuengamme, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Concentration Camp

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Concentration Camp, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

  • Untitled (Portrait) I

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Untitled (Portrait) I, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Portrait) II

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Untitled (Portrait) II, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Portrait) III

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Untitled (Portrait) III, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Portrait) IV

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Untitled (Portrait) IV, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Untitled (Portrait) VI

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Untitled (Portrait) VI, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Fast Twins

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Fast Twins, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Cape Town (South Africa)

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Cape Town (South Africa), 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Eid Supper

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Eid Supper, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • El cordero (lamb)

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    El cordero (lamb), 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Night before Eid

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Night before Eid, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Friday Sermon

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Friday Sermon, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Shack Mosque

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Shack Mosque, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Shack Mosque

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Shack Mosque, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • El poyoh (Chicken)

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    El poyoh (Chicken), 2009

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Blessing meat

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Blessing meat, 2009

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Facing Qiblah

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Facing Qiblah, 2009

    Pigment print on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Four Fathers

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Four Fathers, 2009

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    64 x 92 cm

    Edition of 5

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