Michael MacGarry | South Africa

A visual artist and filmmaker, he holds a master’s degree in Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. MacGerry works with film, sculpture, photography and artist’s books. His work explores modern-day ramifications of Western imperialism in the African continent, particularly regarding the complex dynamics of natural resource extraction, especially petroleum, in post-independence African nation-states. His short films mostly portray issues connected with identity, African science fiction and the legacy of modernism. He has been featured in festivals and exhibitions including the Rotterdam Festival, Netherlands (2015); Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands (2012), at the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2011); the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2011); and others. In 2010, he was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts. Michael MacGerry lives and works in Johannesburg.

Excuse me, while I disappear | 2014, video

This piece looks into Kilamba Kiaxi, an urban development in Luanda, and into a young man’s work day to reveal the impact of international capital flows on the global market. The film’s surreal denouement appears to underscore Kilamba Kiaxi’s inadequacy as a real estate project – offering apartments for a price that’s out of reach for the vast majority of Angola’s population – while also reflecting about the absurd working conditions of the contemporary neoliberal system. 

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