Openings This Week: JHB | Ijusi, an all-women Show & Tell, and a Wits-Michaelis Master’s exhibition

This week’s art openings and events include a Creative Women Show & Tell special, 10 years of Ijusi graphic awesomeness, a joint-schools’ Masters’ exhibition, an ongoing cataloguing of light, an exploration of the social constructions of public and private spaces, and drawings of Qunu.



Tuesday 12 August 2014


Ijusi 1994-2014: A New Visual Language




Ijusi is an experimental magazine first published in the early years following South Africa’s first democratic elections circa 1994. From the beginning ijusi posed an important question: “What makes me South African, and what does that ‘look’ like?”, gradually piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and social potentialities that have evolved following Apartheid’s demise. As was the case with the Soviet Union in 1917, a new social order begets a new visual order.


WAM, corner Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein


More info on the WAM Facebook page or Ijusi.



Only Parts, a group show




Only Parts – a group exhibition of works by current Fine Art Master’s students from the Wits School of Arts and the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Coordinated collaboratively through an annual exchange, emerging artists from each institution present pieces from a mid-point in their practical and academic processes.


Substation, Wits University, Station Road entrance


More info on the event Facebook page.



Wednesday 13 August 2014 


Show & Tell – The Creative Women edition 




This month’s speakers include avant-garde fashion designer Suzaan Heyns, digital artist and academic Tegan Bristow, and silk tapestry artist Billie Zangewa.


Jozi Hub, 44 Stanley,  Millpark

6 – 9pm

All the info and to register to reserve your seat.



Thursday 14 August 2014


A List for Remembering: Cataloguing of Curious Coincidences, by Robyn Nesbitt   




A List for Remembering: Cataloging of curious coincidences is an ongoing series of studio light observations which started in Switzerland while on residency at PROGR in 2013. These and new studies will be added to the collection, exploring the notion of light in the visible and invisible documentation of everyday studio process and practice. 


ROOM, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the gallery website.



re-trace (part 3): The Station and the Studio,  by Karimah Ashadu




‘re-trace (part 3), The Station and The Studio’ is a performance, painting and film project exploring social constructions of public and private spaces in Johannesburg, and possibilities for correlation between these spaces. 


GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng

6:30 pm

More info on the Facebook event page.



The Qunu Drawings, by Phillemon Hlungwani




These drawings of the Transkie hamlet of Qunu are extraordinary in their scale and energy. The flashes of colour on the monochromatic drawings echo the landscape and somehow also evoke the sounds of the village – the shrill calling of the women and the noise of children, a dog yapping and a goat bleating.


Everard Reid, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


More info on the gallery website. 


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