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Photos: Ralph Ziman’s Casspir Project Exhibit Tackles Militarization ~ Rendon Gallery

12:04 AM PST on February 11, 2019

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]os Angeles based artist Ralph Ziman  – aka Afrika 47 – has a new exhibit at The Rendon Gallery in the Arts District. L.A. Taco attended the opening of the exhibit called The Casspir Projectwhich features work inspired by Ziman's childhood in Johannesburg. Ziman's works draw from experiences growing up in post-Apartheid South Africa and "addresses human rights issues such as apartheid, the over-militarization of police, and state violence."

'The centerpiece of the exhibit is a massive Casspir military vehicle that Ziman has transformed into a work of art. During the Apartheid era, Casspirs were used weapons of terror, often used against civilians. Widely despised and feared, they became synonymous with violence, police intimidation, and institutional oppression. Post-Apartheid, many Casspirs were decommissioned, their hulls left to rust, a relic of the past better forgotten. Others were sold to the United States during the Iraq war years, and later, to local police forces.'

RELATED: Ralph Ziman ~ Venice Beach

February 7 – March 7, 2019
Wednesday – Sunday (12 – 6 pm) and by appointment

The Rendon Gallery (Off-Site)
1242 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Programming notes during this exhibition:

Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17, 12 – 6 pm
Live Painting – Ralph Ziman & Bisco Smith

Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24, 12 – 6 pm
Live Painting – Ralph Ziman & Moncho 1929

Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 12 – 6 pm
Live Painting – Ralph Ziman & TBA

RELATED: Photos: Opening Night at the LA Art Show 2019

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