Center for Audio & Visual Expression




New works by Ralph Ziman  

Picture 1 (Eland)

  Ralph Ziman, Impofu (Eland / Zulu), Digital Photograph, 44″ x 66″

Ralph Ziman: Bones

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – March 5, 2016

Opening Reception: February 6th | 6:30 p.m.
“Take nothing but photographs. Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time

(Venice, CA) – C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present Bones, a new solo exhibition by South African artist, photographer and filmmaker, Ralph Ziman. In Ziman’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Bones will feature a series of photographs and sculptures that directly respond to the current state of trophy hunting in South Africa and the resultant commercial exchange that occurs between South Africa and America.

C.A.V.E. Gallery will host a reception at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Saturday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m.

In this latest body of work, Ziman seeks to confront the egregious killing of endangered animals for trophy and sport in South Africa. ‘Canned hunts’ – often hosted on South African reserves – involve visitors paying large sums of money to kill some of the world’s most rare and precious animals. A culture of killing exists amongst the locals as well, with numerous species being used for medicine, which is bought and sold at South African Voodoo marketplaces. Having witnessed many of these practices, Ziman’s work actively speaks out against the global value of profit over protection of endangered animals.

While certain cases of Americans flaunting the killing of lions, rhinos and giraffes have outraged social media communities and churned out news stories, the message is short-lived. In an effort to further the awareness of the plight of these animals, Ziman has created a haunting series of photographs depicting the skeletons of South African animals set against darkened skies and stark landscapes. The skeletons-resin casts of eland, wildebeest, chimpanzee -are placed by Ziman in what would be their native South African habitat, mere remnants of living beings, their bones ceremoniously adorned in a death mask made of colorful beads. The artist’s labor intensive process required the help of five men and over 80 pounds of beads to complete.

These cinematic photographs and sculptures, are at once a haunting and beautiful juxtaposition of bones and beadwork. Ziman’s bold and powerful imagery for  Bones aims to challenge the status of trophy hunting in South Africa and bring awareness to a trade that profits from the unabashed killing of endangered animals.
About the Artist

Ralph Ziman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1963. Ralph has directed over 400 videos for artists as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Braxton, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain and Rick James. His work in film includes five features as a writer/director/producer including Hearts and Minds, the first independent South African feature film to be completed after apartheid, which premiered at the Berlin and Montreal International Film Festivals, and Jerusalem (Gangster’s Paradise in the US & UK), released to critical and box office acclaim and South Africa’s official entry to the 2008 Academy Awards Foreign Language section.

Ziman’s first solo show, Ghosts, was hosted by C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California in 2014. It was followed by solo shows in Cape Town, London and Tucson, Arizona. Ziman’s work has also shown in numerous group shows and museums and featured by CNN, The BBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian and Juxtapoz. His public art includes several murals in Venice, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and Los Angeles. Ziman lives and works in Venice, California.
About C.A.V.E. Gallery
C.A.V.E. Gallery is focused on introducing and supporting cutting-edge art. The gallery presents a new exhibition each month that features a select roster of ambitious artists who focus on creating bold work, executed with attention to content and technique, and with a challenging perspective on contemporary urban culture.
Location and Contact
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
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