Artists | Greg Streak

2016
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa

2015
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul

2014
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere

2013
Ashraf Moneim
Awaad Issa
Lara Bourdin
Zanele Muholi
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers

2012
Koyo Kouoh
Michele Tabor
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede

2011
Hasan and Husain Essop
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Leo Lefort

2010
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye

2009
Adriaan de Villiers
Hadia Gana
Zanele Muholi

2007
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan

2006
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita

2005
Rehab El Sadek

2003
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpé

2002
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Darryl Accone
Nawaal Deane
Henk Rossouw
Rafs Mayet
Louis Mhlanga

2001
Krishna Luchoomun

2000
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl

1999
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer

1998
Mustafa Maluka

1997
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Liza du Plessis
Allina Ndebele
Greg Streak
Dominic Tshabangu

1996
Stephen Maqashela

1995
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako

1993
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
David Koloane
Andries Botha
Pat Mautloa

1992
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Dianse Paulse
Sarah Tabane

South Africa
Greg Streak

‘Black and white do not interest me – I prefer grey – I like my darkness to be lit, to investigate darkness, to become it. Like trying to breathe in a vacuum.’

Two years in Amsterdam at the Rijksakademie (1997-98) gave Greg Streak (1971) the distance he needed to stand outside of what he describes as the ‘whirlpool’ of South Africa. In South Africa, the constant questioning and dissection of his identity as a white male had become increasingly restrictive; working in a more global context freed him up, allowing for reassessment and work that became less specific and more ambivalent.
This is reflected in the variety of forms that Streak's work takes. Sometimes lean, with a serious, minimal flavour, at other times engaging in figuration or issues of narrative, Greg Streak’s work plays between abstraction and representation. With a sharply critical and eclectic eye he re-makes, interrogates and claims as his own a diverse range of references ranging from modernism to B-grade movies, as is evidenced his video work which wittily questions the nature of reality, fiction and representation as well as alluding to the violence in the South African context.
Greg Streak was an artist-in-residence in 1997.

Greg Streak links

www.artthrob.co.za/01feb
www.proyectotrama.org/00

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.