7 September - 1 October 2021, Wits Art Museum (WAM)

Zen Marie’s Paradise Fallen: Blaxis
explores the art of landscape cinematography; how the camera lens allows the artist to capture the dynamic energy of landscapes as they change and evolve. This exhibition forms the third iteration of Marie’s Paradise Fallen, which spans over ten years and was started in 2010 during Marie’s multiple residencies at the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal.

Whilst the first two iterations focused on the islands off the peninsula of Dakar, Paradise Fallen: Blaxis captures the landscapes around the Karoo’s Valley of Desolation and the Drakensberg Mountains. Within Marie’s artworks, the landscape is elevated to become a character in narratives, rather than just settings for narratives to occur. He challenges the concept of time, seeking to capture the expansiveness of landscapes that have formed over millions of years, whilst using cameras which operate within the limitations of linear time and physicality.

As a result, the exhibition Paradise Fallen: Blaxis is a meditation on landscapes, using a lens that not only highlights their beauty, but also acknowledges how landscapes are bookmarks and memorials of the history and forgotten narratives that have taken place within them.  

EXHIBITION HOURS: TUE. – SAT., 10:00 – 16:00. 
Practical details:

WAM is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 –
16:00. In accordance with Covid regulations there are restrictions on the number of people allowed into the museum at any one time.

Booking is essential. To book click here: https://bit.ly/3s5LWHU. Alternatively call 011 717 1358 or 011 717 1365, or email info.wam@wits.ac.za.

Please fill out a Covid screening form before entering the museum by dialing the code *120*8501#. You will need to obtain and present this clearance before admittance.


16-24 Sept. 2021
Zen Marie, Île Aux Serpents,
online film screening

Available here from 18:30 on 16 Sept. 2021

21 Sept. 2021
Live event: BLKJKS BLXS

14:00 – 15:30

23 Sept. 2021
Zen Marie in conversation with Khanyisile Mawhayi

18:30 (SAST) on Zoom

25 Sept. 2021

Artist’s talk

12:15 – 13:15 at WAM
Booking essential: info.wam@wits.ac.za

28 Sept. 2021
Live event: The Wretched: BLAXIS 

14:00 – 15:30


The Space for Creative Black Imagination, MICA, Baltimore:

30 Sept. 2021

Tumi Mogorosi 

Time TBC

28 Oct. 2021

Mpumelelo Mcata

Time TBC

30 Nov. 2021

Zen Marie

Time TBC