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Openings This Week: JHB | A Video Premier, Apartheid in Pictures, An LGBTI Exhibition and A Collaborative Solo Show

This week’s openings include an interactive video installation premier, the first historically comprehensive exhibition of images from apartheid, a solo exhibition by visual arts activist,  Zanele Muholi, and the product of Johan Thom’s eight month-long rumination on an elephant skull.


Wednesday 12 February


Black Righteous Space premier, a video installation by Hank Willis Thomas presented by The Goodman gallery in association with The Black Cube Sessions




This audio activated installation is made up of three screens, placed together to form a stage. The Brother Moves on will perform in front of the stage and as the microphone picks up the sound of the performance, the images will begin to change, creating a visual kaleidoscope of discourses that characterize the multiplicity of voices involved in propelling the motion of history.


The Alexander Theatre,  36 Stiemens Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Design Share Party at VELO




A monthly gathering where artists and people concerned with the arts share their work and inspiration. This month’s event will showcase Loyiso Mkize (Illustrator and Painter), Jana & Koos (Design + Advertising + Creativity), ISEEADIFFERENTYOU (Photography Collective).


Velo, The Grove, Corner Juta and Melle Streets Braamfontein


More info here.



Thursday 13 February


The Rise and Fall of Apartheid – photography and the bureaucracy of everyday life at Museum Africa




The first comprehensive historical overview of the pictorial response to apartheid ever undertaken. Through images, this exhibition explores the significance of the 50-year-long civil rights struggle, from how apartheid defined and marked South Africa’s identity from 1948 to 1994, to the rise of Nelson Mandela, and finally its lasting impact on the country’s society.


Museum Africa, 21 Bree Street, Newtown

More info here.



Friday 14 February


Of Love & Loss a solo exhibition by Zanele Muholi at Stevenson Gallery


In 2013 Muholi has been documenting weddings and funerals in the black LGBTI community in South Africa, joyful and painful events that often seem to go hand in hand. The show features photographs, video works and an installation highlighting how manifestations of sorrow and celebration bear similarities and are occasions to underline the need for a safe space to express individual identities.


Stevenson Gallery, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Sunday 16 February


Animal Series by Johan Thom at NIROXProjects




Central to this series of works is Thom’s ongoing investigation of his own material encounter with an African elephant skull. The exhibition is divided into three bodies of works: etchings; drawings and sculpture. Over the period of eight months Thom produced a set of five large-scale etchings in collaboration with Willem Boshoff, Diane Victor, David Koloane and Bevan de Wet.


NIROXprojects,  264 Fox Street, Arts on Main


More info here.



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Mapping / Marking exhibition at WAM




This exhibition includes a range of artworks that function as maps or, conversely, maps that can be appreciated as artworks. Gerhard Marx’s Hortus Siccus series, however, present us with a third category: his works have been compiled out of a discarded South African atlas which Marx found, cut up and reconstructed to form plant-like shapes.


Wits Art Museum, corners Bertha and Jorrisen Streets, Braamfontein

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm

More info here.


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