*Steven Cohen, Chandelier

Fine Art

‘In his provocative performance Chandelier, Steven Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) contrasts his position as a queer, Jewish, white South African in relation to residents of a Newtown, Johannesburg squatter camp being dismantled by government workers (identifiable by their red coveralls). Dressed in a corset with attached chandelier and wearing high heels, his dress and manner evoke the affluence, privilege, and choice available to a select group of South Africans. The soon-to-be-evicted residents respond to Cohen’s presence: some offer sexual gestures, one man aggressively waves a pipe and charges toward Cohen, while one woman takes his hand and kisses it, calling him “an angel”. The performance presents one instance of the on-going divisions and inequalities which still exist in post-Apartheid South Africa’…….
(excerpt from www.jmbgallery.ca)

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