Openings This Week: JHB | Fables, Hillbrow, queer identities and weaving a 30 year art career

This week there are four excellent art exhibitions and openings to attend (and for once they’re not all on the same night!)


Wednesday 29 January


queer & trans Art-iculations, by Zanele Muholi and Gabriella Le Roux at WAM




Wits Centre for Diversity Studies presents a collaborative arts for social change exhibition, with opening address by the South African Human Rights Commission Chair, Pregs Govender and performance by Zanele Muholi.


Wits Art Museum, corner Bertha and Jorrisen Streets, Braamfontein.


More info here.



In the Weave, three decades of work by Walter Oltmann at the Standard Bank Gallery




“I manipulate industrial materials in a way that contradicts their prefabricated nature by emphasising hand-made processes. Hence I use the linear qualities of these materials to create various forms and surfaces through techniques that parallel handcrafts.”


The Standard Bank Gallery, Corner Simmonds and Frederick Street, Johannesburg.

Open times: Mondays to Fridays 8am – 4:30pm, and Saturdays 9am – 1pm.

More info here.



Thursday 3o January 


The Park, a solo exhibition by Jono Wood at Rubixcube Gallery




The Park offers a snap-shot into the underbelly of Johannesburg’s inner city. Hillbrow has long been maligned as a place for the desperate and drug addled, largely overlooked by the city’s middle class. This collection of photographs presents a sober look at individuals who are living the story of this notorious suburb.


Rubixcube Gallery, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main.


More info here.



Saturday 1 February


Fables and other stories, a solo show by Fiona Pole at Gallery AOP




In her new body of work, Pole has added a whole new suite of symbols. They are, among others, the fox, the wolf and the bear.


Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark.


More info here.





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