UJ Arts and Culture presents the opening of Yannis Generalis’ exhibition Hybrid Vigour: Ecce Homo at the UJ Art Gallery, Kingsway Campus.
Born in Africa to Greek immigrant parents, Generalis grew up between Zimbabwe, Botswana, Greece and South Africa. A witness to profound socio-political events in these four countries during his formative years, and exposure to a richness of cultural diversity has brought a multi-layered perspective to his work, while his early studies in the field of psychology, and international relations has influenced his storytelling.
The three-part exhibition includes both figurative and abstract drawings and paintings in mixed media (such as rust imprinting, dust, solvents, ink, pigments, embroidery) and hybridised art objects (such as re-purposed found objects), as well as an installation centred around a colossal ritual garment. It challenges universally accepted notions of gender and identity and explores the relationship between artist, artwork and space as a performative expression of creative embodiment. The artist’s articulations of multiple hybrid queer identities exhibit the many complex layers of signification which are the drivers of what he calls hybrid vigour. This body of work is an exploration of the Self, in the process of creation, as enacted under the tyranny of a heteronormative landscape.
The opening is on 10 July t 6.30pm.
Venue: UJ Art Gallery, University Of Johannesburg, cnr Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park