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Bad Paper and PH Photo Centre are pleased to present Photographs [2017], an exhibition by Rodan Kane Hart. Opening 16 November - 2 December at the PH Photo Centre, Cape Town, this will mark the artist’s first photography-focused exhibition, a medium that has traversed his years of practice. Notably, the exhibition will coincide with the launch of AT WORK, Hart’s 2017 monograph published by Bad Paper and designed by Ben Johnson. 

The presented works are a culmination of Hart’s recent projects abroad beginning with a residency in Shanghai at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in the latter half of 2016. Since then, Hart has circumstantially avoided permanent residence, occupying different locations for short periods of time, including Venice, while taking part in the 57th Venice Biennale. The geographical paradigm shifts produced a journalized series of film imagery that delved beneath the urban and natural landscapes. “These journeys challenged my previous routines and working methodologies, not only in the ways of making but in ways of seeing” explains Hart.

Hart’s photographs reflect the various societies he encountered and their physical constructs while exploring the inquisitiveness of one’s immediate surroundings. Many of his photographs highlight relevance in the overlooked or inconspicuous. “Photography in my case is used as a rubric in generating content and archiving my existence and work, often these images are used as foundations for further interpretation or in this case as final art forms themselves” explains Hart. As always, Hart’s work continues an exploration into architecture and other structural and spatial forms.  

The simultaneous book launch sees a new 280-page artist monograph presenting the past six years of Hart’s work, intersecting sculptures, process images, drawings, prints, and photographs. The book features insightful texts by art writer Sean O’Toole, artist Michael MacGarry, and Hart himself, and contains all three of Hart’s solo exhibitions as well as a full chronology of his work since 2005. The book is limited to a first hardcover edition of 350 with 1-20 sculpture editions, as well as 21-50 print editions.

The book editions 51 - 350 will be available for an exhibition special on opening night for R650.


Rodan Kane Hart (b. 1988, JHB, RSA), currently living and working in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Hart studied BA FA at Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg and Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT in Cape Town. Hart has had three solo exhibitions thus far, Structure (2013), Pattern Language (2013) and Forms (S/W) (2014), and since 2007 has participated in numerous group and independent exhibitions. Hart’s sculptures, drawings, and photographs are found in multiple public and private collections throughout South Africa, Europe and Asia. To date Hart has completed two residencies, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, England (2013) and at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China (2016/17). Hart is currently participating in Swatch Faces 2017 at the 57th Venice Biennale, Sala d’Armi, Arsenale, Venice, Italy. 


Bad Paper is an editions and publications company, founded by Ben Johnson and Rodan Kane Hart in 2016. 
By combining their backgrounds in art and design, Bad Paper offers a platform to work with artists on projects that aim to explore what an edition, publication or both can be.