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In Robin Rhode’s Kid Candle, a live-action child protagonist silently interacts with a hand-drawn candle. The variously exposed film frames simulate the darks and lights of a flickering flame. Kid Candle recalls the innocence of childhood where one’s fascination can be cultivated by something as simple as a candle, and playfully engages with the artist’s childhood memories of boys' street culture in the South Africa of his youth.
Robin Rhode was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976. In 1998, he earned a National Diploma in Fine Art from the Witwatersrand Technikon and received a degree in Television and Dramatic Arts from the South African School of Film in 2000. The artist is known for his serial photographs and films depicting a figure—typically Rhode himself—interacting with drawn images or objects on walls or concrete. These playful pieces allude to aspects of South African urban youth culture. Solo shows of Rhode’s work have been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Hayward Gallery in London; and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Other exhibitions that have featured Rhode’s work include Prospect.1 New Orleans in 2008, and the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Rhode lives and works in Berlin.