Anton Kannemeyer (RSA)

Anton Kannemeyer (born 30 October 1967 in Cape Town) is a South African comics artist, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym Joe Dog. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch where he studied graphic design and illustration. Subsequently he completed a Master of Arts degree in illustration after graduating. Together with Conrad Botes, he co-founded the magazine Bitterkomix in 1992, which has become revered for its subversive stance and dark humour.

In Kannemeyer’s first prints, he focussed on images from his Alphabet of Democracy series. The first were done in 2005 “J is for Jack Russell” and “D is for dancing ministers”. The initial reference is to childhood primers and illustrated alphabets, [Letterland gets political...] The text on the prints reflects his obsession with hand typography and the style of the prints recalls his earlier silkscreens with the backgrounds of flat colour.

In “Say! If you speak English we must be getting near civilization”, Kannemeyer combines historical references to seemingly mundane photographic records with just a slight manipulation of the imagery and addition of bitingly funny text.

In the 2011 prints Kannemeyer continues to investigate racism in Africa. Ironically he is frequently accused of being a racist by people who take a superficial look at his work. It is the continued existence of racism and double standards in Africa that Kannemeyer is looking at. With his confrontational images and humour he brings to attention prejudices that can then be dealt with and hopefully be done away with. His “Papa in Afrika” work was recently exhibited in Kinshasa, a city that he reports has a vibrant art scene.

The 2012 lithographs consist of portraits of Yolandi Vi$$er and Ninja, from Die Antwoord, a futuristic rap-rave crew from South Africa with a huge international and local following. Anton Kannmeyer’s Bitterkomix work is a two dimensional matching of what Die Antwoord have done with sound and performance. A chance match “made in heaven”.

 

 

Yolandi Visser

Year: 2012

Type: Six Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 20

Size: 38.2x57cm

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Ninja

Year: 2012

Type: Six Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 20

Size: 38.2x57cm

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In Heaven

Year: 2011

Type: Eight Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 25

Size: 57.2x76cm

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A Black Woman

Year: 2011

Type: Nine Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 25

Size: 48.7x76cm

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N Is For Nightmare

Year: 2008

Type: Eight Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 57x67cm

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“Say! If You Speak English”

Year: 2008

Type: Five Colour Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 50.5×66.5cm

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