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Wolff Architects

Tectonic Shifts

  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Ilze Wolff (Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, 1980)
Heinrich Wolff (Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, 1970)
live and work in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa


The diversity of themes in the work Wolff Architects is explored through the metaphor of a geological section. Like a series of soil profiles, the exhibition comprises vertical bands; at the top are significant current drawings, films, or photos, and below these are the layers which are the precursors of this work. At the base of each vertical section are the collective subconscious and themes of the various people who collaborate as or with Wolff.
The vertical bands are made as a series of scrolls. The installation scrolls overlay screened content and photographs on cyanotype printed textile. These blueprints have a well-known reference to historic ways of reproducing architectural drawings, but as sun prints, they are reproductions that require only solar energy to be made. These prints are an expression of abundance at a time of South Africa’s current energy supply scarcity.


Authorial collaborators
Zahraa Essa
Technical collaborators
Mmakhotso Lamola, Mayankh Ramasar, Danielle Bruintjies, Amy Leibbrandt, Lyla Hoon, TK Mbadi, Aldon Plaatjie, Karien Trengove

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