Robin Rhode: Memory is the Weapon (bilingual edition)



ISBN: 9783775746052 Category:

Uta Ruhkamp


Robin Rhode’s trademark is the wall. His works are influenced by urban music culture, film, popular sports, youth culture, and traditional South African storytelling. They are created in the public space, on walls. It’s not about the statement that he leaves behind on the street, though-it’s about the pro-cess. Hence, in his visual short stories he captures the links between drawing, performance, and sculpture, step by step. No body without a line, no line without a body. With drawing as his starting point, he develops increasingly complex photo-graphic works, digital animations, performances, sculptures, and works on paper, which comprise a content-related balanc-ing act between South African history, culture, mindset, signs, and codes and the abstract language of European-Ameri-can art history. This richly illustrated catalogue accompanies Rhode’s first solo show in twelve years in Germany. Besides pictures of the art itself, the book also contains an interview, an introductory essay, and poems by South African authors, to which his work often refers.

Additional information

Weight 1630 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 31.9 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 10 January 2020
Number of pages 200
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.9 x 31.9 cm
Weight 1630 g
ROBIN RHODE (*1976, Cape Town) was awarded the 2018 Zurich Art Prize. He has lived in Berlin since 2002.