Openings This Week: JHB | Roger Ballen, the Martienssen Prize and documenting the everyday

This week’s art openings include a student art competition, a look at the surreal photography of Roger Ballen, a township photography project, and fragmented landscape paintings.


Tuesday 29 July 2014


Ideally: DIVA Martienssen Prize 2014




The DIVA Martienssen is an annual exhibition of independently judged student works facilitated by the Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts. Students were invited to collectively or individually create work/projects which take questions invested in their current practices in order to imagine ideal situations for the present, and future. 


Substation, Wits University, East Campus


More info on the Facebook event page.



Thursday 31 July 2014


Asylum of the Birds, Roger Ballen



Over the years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In the earlier works in the exhibition his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction’. After 2000 the people he first discovered and documented living on the margins of South African society increasingly became a cast of actors working with Ballen in the series’ Outland and Shadow Chamber collaborating to create powerful psychodramas.


Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


More info on the gallery website.



Kliptown Photography Project




This project aimed to provide basic photography skills to Kliptown students to allow them to document their daily lives and environment.


Mashumi Art Projects, 6979 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto


More info on the project’s website.



Palimpsest, by James Delaney




This exhibition demonstrates the artist’s extension of his focus on organic forms and the contours they take. Working on top of previous paintings, Delaney uses their frameworks and ideas to inspire new forms and meaning.


In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrew Street, Birdhaven


More info on the gallery website.



Also on and worth a look:


A Selection of Work by Jan Neethling




Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark

More info on the gallery website.



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