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A night of art at the Kimberley Hotel

The often controversial Kimberley Hotel, formerly a brothel and one of Cape Town's most historical watering holes, will be hosting a madcap art exhibition, party and cultural response to the local of many of Cape Town's most creative individuals on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010.
"The Big Hole" provides an opportunity for artists to investigate the sometimes murky legends circulating around the Kimberley, as well as some of the various South African histories ingrained in the site. David Southwood, for example, will show some of his original raunchy photographs from the days when the Kimberley was a brothel. Other artists, such as Ed Young, will be dealing with its current incarnation as a multi-purpose recreational facility by "playing" with the slot machines at the back of the bar.

Glamour photographs

Visitors to The Big Hole on the night will be able to see a number of site-specific interventions, including works by Belinda Blignaut, Stuart Bird, Suzy Bell, and Art Heat's Robert Sloon. Revellers can also take part in performative interventions that rely on the audience's partying spirit, such as works by Andrew Lamprecht and James Hoets, Linda Stupart and Wayne Barker, who will shoot glamour photographs of willing victims in a specially constructed studio on the night of the exhibition (participants are encouraged to bring a prop along for this intervention).

There will also be video and traditional media responses, including works by Pieter Hugo, Jake Aikman, David Scadden and Henk Serfontein, and an upstairs open studio featuring the VVIPs William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, and a host of other artists. The studio will be home to The Red Dot Sale, which will take place each Saturday until 28 August.

An enduring legacy

Over 30 artists will be involved in the event, many of them reflecting on the time that they have spent at the Kimberley over the years. In doing so, they will provide not only a night to remember, but also an enduring legacy and affectionate tribute to this grand lady of Roeland Street from those who love her most.

The Kimberley Hotel is on the corner of Roeland and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town, Tel: +27 (0)21 461 2160. Starts at 6pm.


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