19/01/2023 - 04/03/2023

Contemporary - Film

Jenkin van Zyl - Surrender

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

Jenkin van Zyl’s first solo exhibition at Edel Assanti transforms the gallery into an engulfing environment built around a new three-channel film, Surrender. The exhibition is entered via the gaping jaws of an enormous inflatable rat sculpture, whose fleshy innards create a sculptural walkway leading to the inner sanctum of a love hotel, festooned with a canopy of bunting.

At the centre of the installation, three beds mirroring one of the scenes from Van Zyl’s film serve as a viewing platform for the three projections. Characteristic of his psychotropic style, the film melds the 20th century phenomenon of dance marathons – gruelling endurance competitions wherein couples participated in non-stop dancing for hundreds of hours – with the cryptid lore of the “rat king”.


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