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Kendell Geers

Flesh of the Spirit 6851


Kendell Geers’ Flesh of the Spirit series revaluates the Western fetishisation of African art.

Before cast in bronze, the figures and masks in Flesh of the Spirit are originally shaped in plaster of Paris. Geers moulds it with his own hands and body, which lends the sculpture an element of self-portraiture.

This mask’s distorted mouth symbolises the silencing of the cultures whose visual tradition was appropriated from them.

Kendell Geers


Born into a working-class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes.

Describing himself as an AniMystikAktivist, Kendell Geers' work embodies a syncretic approach that weaves together diverse Afro-European traditions from Animism and Activism, to Alchemy, Mysticism and Ritual Magick.

  • Dimension/

    9.0 x 15.0 x 28.0 cm (3.5 x 5.9 x 11.0 in)

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