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49th Venice Biennale
10 June - 4 November 2001

Venice / 2001 / Authentic / Ex-centric

 
Willem Boshoff
Willem Boshoff 1951 Transvaal, South Africa
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Panifice, 2001
Installation
Engraved granite bread, granite bread boards

In his installation »Panifice«, South African artist Willem Boshoff continues his exploration of language and text.

Drawing from Christ's question in St. Mathew's Gospel, chapter 7, verse 9, (Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?) which Boshoff has translated into numerous languages and inscribed on stone-loaves.

The artist uses the idea of communion or 'breaking bread' (panifice) to address the universality of human experience across divides of language, culture or race. The vagaries of place and tongue, Boshoff indicates, are secondary to the fact of our common humanity.

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