Gazelle opens “Postcards from Paradise” exhibition ahead of his single and video release of the same name

In an exercise to deconstruct history and reassemble it into inspiring objects of beauty, Gazelle (real name Xander Ferreira) continues to explore a constant study of iconography and the power of symbolism through his latest exhibition, Postcards from Paradise.

By creating a fictional “His Story” through playful cultural propaganda he looks at how narratives of generational storytelling can become self-proclaimed truths.

Postcards from Paradise came to life as a reimagined visual representation of South Africa’s nine provinces inspired by Pierneef’s Station Panels in a two-year collaboration with illustrator, Llewellyn van Eeden.

Through an alternative take on magic realism, mythological and historical references weave into a fantastical balance of symbolic colloquial elements of landscape, fauna, and flora, in a manufactured scenography that unpacks how culture infinitely evolves and questions any totalitarian ownership over it. 

The works will be on show until the 3rd of February at Gallery One11 in Loop Street where there will be a closing event for first Thursdays. The exhibition will also be the only place where you can hear Gazelle’s new single and watch the video for “Postcards from Paradise” before it’s released. If you’re not fortunate enough to be in Cape Town to attend the exhibition, you can check out all of the illustrations below.