The Rendon gallery
February 7 – March 10, 2019
For this iteration of The Casspir Project, Ziman has designed the massive gallery space with a “macro and micro” experience in mind. Each room within the gallery space brings context to the next, informing the project as whole. The exhibition starts with an installation of brightly colored AK-47s leading into a room with large photographs taken in Soweto. For the photos, Ziman recreated scenes from newspapers during the apartheid, incorporating many of the elements found within the exhibition such as the beaded guns and SPOEK 1. A screening room shows a 20 minute documentary by Ziman which tells the history of the Casspir, from its design and conception to people’s personal experiences with it in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It chronicles Ziman’s reclaiming of the Casspir, detailing how he transformed and Africanized it. The exhibition culminates with the dramatic presentation of SPOEK 1, lit only by a spotlight in a dark room.
ABOUT THE RENDON GALLERY
The Rendon Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Named for the landmark hotel in which it is situated, The Rendon Gallery, launching in early 2019, is a supportive platform for a diverse range of artists both local and international. Inspired by the rich cultural history of the surrounding area, the gallery’s focus is to develop a creative hub, energizing L.A.’s artistic community. The Rendon Gallery presents work across a wide variety of media, disciplines and culture from traditional to installation and performance based art.