After a buzzy First Thursdays last week, the galleries in Cape Town are taking a breather, making way for some interesting alternative openings. This week sees an electro album and video launch, a controversial retrospective photography exhibition, a Cameron Platter solo, and an unhealthy alternative to Valentine’s Day. Here are the details:
Wednesday, 12 February
I Saw This, a new solo exhibition of drawings, sculptures, textiles and ceramics by Cameron Platter opens at WHATIFTHEWORLD.
Cameron Platter’s interdisciplinary work examines consumption, excess, detritus, discord and conflict within a fragmented South African identity. Through engagement with transitory sources, Platter’s work acts as a locus, documenting a dysfunctional contemporary reality.
In this body of work, Platter has looked towards an internal landscape, while cannibalizing personal, political, and social sources to recharge the contemporary experience. These new series, hybrid monuments to transience and impermanence, highlight Platter’s continued subversion of both medium and content.
Exhibition runs until 29 March.
1 Argyle Street (Corner of Argyle & Albert Road), Woodstock.
Traces of Ecstasy, the first retrospective museum exhibition in Africa of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photographs opens at Iziko South African National Gallery.
A seminal figure in 1980s black British and African contemporary art, Fani-Kayode’s timeless photographic tableaux constitute a profoundly personal and political exploration of complex notions of desire, diaspora, and spirituality.
The exhibition will include key bodies of work in both colour and black and white, alongside a selection of archival material such as unique polaroids and contact sheets. In his large-scale portraits, the black male body becomes the focal point of a photographic enquiry to imaginatively interpret the boundaries between spiritual and erotic fantasy, cultural and sexual difference.
Exhibition runs 12 February 2014 – 15 May 2014
Government Ave, Cape Town
Ex-Etiquette, A breakdown of breakups by Lady Skollie, happens at Waiting Room.
Ex-Etiquette is an unhealthy alternative to Valentine’s Day featuring (in order of appearance and relationship status) #ghettonews ( Asher Daniel ), Andz no Handz, Karamel Kinnes, Seyonce, Young Supreme, with visuals by Fiance Knowles. There’ll also be an interactive installationby Lady Skollie, so you can tell your ex just what you think of them on the night.
Waiting Room, 273 Long street, Cape Town from 9pm – 2am
Entrance : R30 / R10 if you can contribute to the Ex Lost and Found bin (bring your backlog of that ex’s books, stuffed toys, filthy playlists or musty t-shirts; we’re donating it all to charity)
More info here.
Saturday, 15 February
Fantasmagoria, Daniel Bruce Gray’s new electro album launches at Artsource Gallery.
Fantasmagoria deals with the sonic exploration of texture and pulse, tending towards an extra-terrestrial soundscape. In association with corruptedarchives.com, an incredible forum for creative intuition and growth, Gray seems to have relied heavily on perception and an inquisitive mind to create a boundary-breaking and emotive album,varying between bouts of experimental vigour, and lethargic moodiness.
44 Lower Main Road, 8pm and videos start 8.30pm sharp.
Cover charge: R40
See the Facebook Event here.