Openings This Week: JHB | A solo show, three group exhibitions and 30 years of Shifty Records

This week’s art openings and events include a solo show at NIROXprojects, three group exhibitions respectively exploring materiality, collaboration, and the politics and poets of space. Dance Umbrella continues and Shifty September launches, a month-long celebration of 30 years of seditious sounds and Shifty Records.


Thursday 4 September 2014


Vestige, a solo exhibition by Bevan de Wet



This new body of work is comprised of a collection of etchings, which explores the fragmentation of memory, nostalgia and cultural identity. De Wet’s interest in how history is chronicled in museums has lead him to explore different ways of viewing, interrogating the emphasis on aesthetic juxtaposition rather than ostensible understanding. 


NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page.



Materiality, a four person exhibition by Dirk Bahmann, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Stephan Erasmus and Mandy Johnston




The four artists participating in this exhibition show a common interest in materiality and especially in concepts and values attributed to materials. Materiality particularly explores the use of alternative mediums for art-making purposes, ranging from intricate silk drawings, copper wire, coal, wood, fabric and mild steel sculpture.


Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Sunday 7 September 2014


Degrees of Separation, a group show curated by Assemblage





Degrees of Separation, a collaborative and process-driven group exhibition by Assemblage, aims to respond to and interrogate the observation that artists don’t look enough at each others’ work, and to encourage conversation, collaboration and peer review amongst the invited exhibiting artists. Assemblage is interested in sharing, connecting and creating amongst artists. Through a series of peer mentoring workshops leading up to the exhibition, the artists spent six months looking directly at, interrogating and responding to one another’s practice and artworks.


Absa Art Gallery, 161 Main Street, Joburg


more info on the Facebook event page. 



Also on and worth a look: 


Peregrinate: Field Notes on Time Travel and Space, an exhibition by South Africans Thabiso Sekgala and Musa Nxumalo, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok




Traversing Soweto streets, backyards in Nairobi, dusty Jordanian alleys, Peregrinate invites viewers to consider the intimate politics of home and belonging, as well as the possibilities inherent in dislocation, or a lack of anchoring, and the routes one takes to find a way. Sub-titled ‘field notes on time travel and space’, the exhibition examines notions of spatial politics, the economics of time and travel, and the kinds of access granted to travellers. 


The Goethe-Insitut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue Parkwood

Daily until 19th September.

More info on the Goethe website.



Shifty September: Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds




Shifty Records, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg and the South African History Archive (SAHA) are pleased to present SHIFTY SEPTEMBER. Celebrating the 30 years of seditious sounds, this Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label will be a combination of exhibitions, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, concerts to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.


More info on Twitter, Facebook and full programme of events online. 



Dance Umbrella 




A week of the very best contemporary dance works featuring local choreographers Gregory Maqoma, in collaboration with the Spanish choreographer Roberto Olivan, Luyanda Sidiya and Thabo Rapoo. The renowned actress/playwright Sylvaine Strike in collaboration with PJ Sabbagha and the Forgotten Angle Dance Company, the South African choreographer, and now Brussels resident, Moya Michael collaborating with Igor Shyshko and the internationally renowned French choreographerAngelin Preljocaj.


Wits Theatre, Market Theatre & Joburg Theatre
Tickets from R60 – R100
Book on Computicket
More info and full programme on the Dance Umbrella website. 


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