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Craig McClenaghan Architecture

Letters from the Landscape

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

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

Craig McClenaghan (East-London, Republic of South Africa, 1977)
lives and works in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa


The installation for this experimental mapping project explores paper as a material of memory, in which landscape and artefact are interchangeable and recorded as fragments, imprints, and residues across multiple scales of place and time. As the landscape is subjected to the extractive forces of the global papermaking industry, so the handmade paper produced for this installation is subjected to forces of bending, folding, tearing… even burning – employed as visceral drawing tactics, which the paper itself ‘remembers’.
Suggestive of pages of a book, stratigraphic sections through a landscape, or even the skeleton of a body, this installation, an atlas, is suspended in time and space, in which paper is the landscape, the artefact, and the laboratory. It is perhaps from this apparent fragility that robust conversations around alternate methods for reading, thinking, and making could emerge; where relationships to landscape, climate, and each other could be reframed and reimagined.


Technical collaborators
David Morris; Rena Maghundu; Kim Berman, Dumisani Dlamini, Thandekani Mchunu, Constance Ngobeni, Nelly Mphahlele, Virginia Ngobeni (Phumani Paper); Mateo Eiletz, Claudia Ortigas (eiletz ortigas | architects)
Hashim Tarmohamed, Wihan Hendrikz, Hugh Fraser
With the additional support of
Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg; William Kentridge; African Futures Institute

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