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Openings This Week: JHB | An exhibition by visiting Detroit-based arts collective, four solo shows and a group mixed-media showcase

This week’s art openings include an exhibition by Detroit-based arts collective, Complex Movements, four solo shows including the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and a group showcase of mixed-media works that blur the boundary between fine art, street art and illustration.


Wednesday 9th July 2014


Skeem’ Saka, a solo exhibition by Tierney Fellowship Sipho Gongxeka




The Tierney Fellowship was awarded to Sipho Gongxeka. The project aims to provide an aspiring photographer the opportunity to develop their career and skills through this unique mentorship programme. Skeem’ Saka is Sipho’s first solo exhibition that aims to create a dialogue with the audience on issues relating to masculinity; how men view themselves and the perception society has on the male figure. He was mentored by renowned South African photographer, Pieter Hugo.


Market Photo Workshop, 2 President Street (Bus Factory), Newtown


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Thursday 10th July 2014


Where Paradise Grows, by Complex Movements collective and curated by Ingrid LaFleur




Curator Ingrid LaFleur brings Detroit-based artist collective, Complex Movements, to Johannesburg. In Where Paradise Grows they explore the idea of utopia, inspired by the transformations that are occurring in both Detroit and Johannesburg. 


GoetheronMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng


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A New Lease on Life, a solo exhibition by Nelson Makamo




“In this exhibition I have set out to produce a series of works, not too dissimilar to a set of collages. Drawing on previous bodies of work, these paintings and prints are a new beginning, exploring hope, excitement and celebrating dreams. Mostly focusing on youth from different backgrounds, coming together in one space, these paintings look also at the hardships that face them.”


Everard Read, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


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Memory Game, a solo exhibition by Louise Ross




In her first solo exhibition at the Ithuba Arts Gallery, Louise Ross explores history, memory and the city through a series of abstract watercolours. The experience of the city and the spaces that shape its inhabitants have been focal points for Ross since her arrival in Johannesburg several years ago. 


Ithuba Arts Fund Gallery, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein


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Windows .2,  an exhibition of collaborative work by Love and Hate, Jean De Wet, Blk Koki and Ello




An ongoing collaborative project showcasing paintings, drawings, mixed-media collage, silkscreen prints and zines continuing from last year’s Mixed Emotions group show.


The Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein.

6:30 pm

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Friday 11th July 2014


Iconography of the Just, by Peter Mammes




The exhibition presents Peter Mammes’ practice through his use of intricate and repeated collected patterns alongside juxtapositions of referential iconography influenced by the artist’s travels in Russia and India.


ROOM, Space 4, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein


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Saturday 12th July 2014


Strata, by Jeremy Wafer




The Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


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