Hasan & Husain Essop / Remembrance / 2012

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In a new body of work, Hasan and Husain Essop explore the notion of memory, specifically in relation to the history and practice of religion. In a series of 360º panoramic photographs, each consisting of hundreds of individual photographs meticulously stitched together, they explore the history of various landscapes, searching for the memory of what came before and examining its effects on the captured moment. In a series of smaller photographs, they resume their trademark performance style, using their bodies, costumes, and a variety of poses to enter into a dialogue with the landscape, simultaneously documenting what is seen and creating a different narrative altogether.

The work is concerned with the notion of remembrance, and with the act of memorialising – particularly with reference to religious sites, ancient and modern – and with the tensions inherent in the act of photographing and recording memory; and the exhibition raises a number of important and topical question relating to history, heritage, religious identity, and the politics of place in the context of globalisation and xenophobia.

Tracing their travels to Mecca, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Senegal, the photos seek to uncover and engage with the particular and unstable memories of each location – the birthplace of Islam in Mecca, inaccessible to most non-believers, and now paved over with parking lots and luxury hotel chains; the sacred sites of Jerusalem, fought over, destroyed and restored time and again for centuries; the ostensibly liberal cities of Western Europe, where paranoia, surveillance and religious profiling are becoming the new normal; and Dakar, where the legacies of slavery and colonialism gave rise to unique Islamic identities and practices, which are increasingly under assault by globalizing forces.

Born and raised in Cape Town, the Essop brothers have been collaborating since their graduation from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town. In 2011 they completed a three-month residency at the prestigious Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam. They have participated in numerous group exhibitions, including most recently Figure and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V&A Museum in London and Les Rencontres d’Arles 2012, a photography festival held annually in France. This is their second solo exhibition with the Goodman Gallery.

  • Park Pardah, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Park Pardah, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    74 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

    ...
  • Silent Night, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Silent Night, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    74 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

  • Cave of Refuge, Medina, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Cave of Refuge, Medina, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    74 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

  • Ohod’s battle site, Medina, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Ohod’s battle site, Medina, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    60 x 240cm

    Edition o...

  • Jabal Arafat (Mount of Mercy), Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Jabal Arafat (Mount of Mercy), Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    Paper size: 90 x 273.5cm Image size...

  • Cave of Hira, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Cave of Hira, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    60 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

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  • Iranian Mosque, Hamburg, Germany

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Iranian Mosque, Hamburg, Germany, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    74 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

  • Noble Beggar, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Noble Beggar, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    74 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

  • Oudste Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Oudste Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    93.5 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

  • Shia Circle, Hamburg, Germany

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Shia Circle, Hamburg, Germany, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    93.5 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

    ...

  • Police Watch, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Police Watch, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    93.5 x 240cm

    Edition of 5<...

  • Masjidal Haram (Sacred Mosque), Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Masjidal Haram (Sacred Mosque), Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    67 x 100cm

    Edition of 5

  • Salmaan’s Freedom, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Salmaan’s Freedom, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    67 x 100cm

    Edition of 5

  • Masjidal Nabawi (Mosque of Illuminating Light), Medina, Saudi Arabia

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Masjidal Nabawi (Mosque of Illuminating Light), Medina, Saudi Arabia, 2011

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    67 x 100cm

    ...
  • Al-Buraaq, Jerusalem

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Al-Buraaq, Jerusalem, 2011

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    paper: 77.5 x 112cm; image: 67.5 x 102cm

    Edition of 5

    ...
  • The Dome of the Rock (Triptych Part Two)

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    The Dome of the Rock (Triptych Part Two), 2011

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    77.5 x 112cm

    Edition of 5

  • Well of Souls, Jerusalem

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Well of Souls, Jerusalem, 2011

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    paper: 77.5 x 112cm; image: 67.5 x 102cm

    Edition of 5<...

  • Door of Abraham, Hebron, Palestine

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Door of Abraham, Hebron, Palestine, 2011

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    67 x 100cm

    Edition of 5

  • Grave of Moses, Jericho

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Grave of Moses, Jericho, 2011

    Pigment inks on archival paper

    paper: 77.5 x 112cm; image: 67.5 x 102cm

    Edition of 5

  • Imaam Shaafi, Cairo, Egypt

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Imaam Shaafi, Cairo, Egypt, 2011

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    68 x 100cm

    Edition of 5

  • La Mosquée 1892, Goree Island, Senegal

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    La Mosquée 1892, Goree Island, Senegal, 2010

    Pigment inks on cotton paper

    image: 67.5 x 102cm each, paper: 77.5 x 112cm ea...

  • Slave Lodge, Dakar, Senegal

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Slave Lodge, Dakar, Senegal, 2010

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    image: 67.5 x 102cm paper: 77.5 x 112cm

    Edition of...

  • Three Imams, Dakar, Senegal

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Three Imams, Dakar, Senegal, 2010

    Pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    image: 67.5 x 102cm; paper: 77.5 x 112cm

    Edition ...

  • Guantanamo, Cape Town, South Africa

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Guantanamo, Cape Town, South Africa, 2010

    Pigment inks on cotton rag paper

    Image: 67.5 x 102cm; Paper: 77.5 x 112cm

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  • Installation picture [Hasan & Husain Essop / Remembrance / 2012]
  • Installation picture [Hasan & Husain Essop / Remembrance / 2012]
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