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Openings This Week: JHB – Four group exhibitions, a collaboration and two solo shows

There are a whole bunch of exhibition openings happening this week in Joburg – this Thursday you’re going to be hard pressed to choose which to attend (first). There are four group shows, each distinct and promising to be interesting, a collaborative project interrogating the quasi-language Fanagalo, and two solo shows in which the respective artists explore personal themes and concerns.


Wednesday: 30 – 10 – 2013


When We Look at You, a group exhibition at the Bag Factory

When we Look at You


When We Look At You is a group exhibition by post-graduate students of curating from Wits which examines and complicates the roles of the visitor and curator. Seeking to rupture the ‘suspension of disbelief’ inherent in the relative “safety” of the gallery space, as curators, we have collapsed the facts, fictions and residues that shadow any storytelling of the historical/mythic figure.


The Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Forsburg


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Thursday: 31 – 10 – 2013 


Stay, a group exhibition opening at Ithuba Arts Fund




The Ithuba Art Fund annually funds a selection of artists to create work based on around a specific theme. In 2013, the selected artists works engages with the concept of home through a variety of mediums.

“…memory takes root only half in the folds of the brain:
half’s in the concrete streets we have lived along…” – Lionel Abrahams


Ithuba Arts Fund, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein. Cnr Biccard and Juta. Entrance on Biccard.


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Do It Like This! a collaborative project between Mbali Khoza and Georgia Munnik at August House


Do it Like This


Fana-ga-lo directly translates into ‘like of that’. ‘Like of that’ is retranslated into ‘do it like this’. ‘Do it Like This!’ is an instruction to look, and to look again, at a language operation between Zulu and English that dictates a type of communication based on instruction.* Fanagalo is a space between languages. It’s an exercise in substitution, addition and subtraction between the uneven vocabularies of Zulu, Fanagalo, and English in an attempt to pull them into one another.


August House, 76-82 End Street, Second Floor


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Into Gondwana, an exhibition by Frederick Clarke at Rubixcube Gallery


Into Gondwana Into Gondwana


The intention for this body of work was to visually explore the relationship between the two largest continents of the Southern Hemisphere, and the original land mass that was Gondwanaland, from which they diverged. This body of work is both a response to the immediate Argentine environment from an African perspective, as well as an inquisition into the abstract genetic and geographical connections that exist between the two continents.


Rubixcube Gallery, Unit 22, 286 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct


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A4, a group exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery in a range of mediums




PARTICIPATING ARTIST: Vusi Beuchamp / Jean Michel Wickli / Marcus Neustetter / Jana&Koos/ Sindiso Nyoni / Bevan De wet / Zwelethu Machepha / Rebecca Hayson / Nick Nesbitt / Isaac Zavale / Alex Vlachos / Dekor / Lauren Schultz / Minenkulu Ngoyi / Marcel Marcel / Nicholas Christowitz / Mega Bonanza / Sarah Aimee Verity / Niall Bingham / Lazi Matebula / Daniel Edwards / Alexander Bosman


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein


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Saturday: 2 – 11 – 2013


Killing the Goose, a debut  solo exhibition by Mandy Coppes-Martin at Lizamore & Associates


Killing the Goose



“As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find,—nothing.” The name of this exhibition draws it’s title from a proverb – “Killing the goose that laid the golden egg” – that refers to the destruction of something that is profitable, in this case the destruction of natural resources on which we depend for our survival.


Lizamore & Associates, 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood


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My Mother’s Garden Exhibition, a group show at Parts and Labour

Pats & Labour, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main

More info here.


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