Born in Cape Town and raised in Johannesburg, Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Robin Rhode has gained steady international recognition for his simultaneously witty, playful and provocative photographic, video and installation works. Although Rhode’s practice is highly conceptual, it is also informed by a wide range of references from everyday life and street culture, including hip hop and graffiti culture. Many of Rhode’s works reflect the politics of his hometown Johannesburg and shine a light on issues such as the conceptions of identity, media stereotypes and personal relationship to place.
The Call of Walls is the first major Australian showcase of Rhode’s prolific and varied oeuvre. This exciting title features eleven of Rhode’s signature sequential photographic works (alongside stills from his animation and film-based work), brilliantly showcased in a foldout plate section. Maggie Finch’s engaging and comprehensive essay delves into Rhode’s personal history and background, which, in turn, heavily informs his practice.