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Openings This Week: JHB | Zines, Performance Art Rap, An Auction, and Danish Cinema

This week’s art openings and events are a mixed bag of all sorts. There’s an African artists’ double-bill at Stevenson, a Jozi zine event hosted by Alphabet Zoo, a Wits art auction, a presentation of new research on arts residencies, a performance art rap crew gig, and the New Danish Cinema fest at The Bioscope.


Wednesday 17 September 2014 


Open Office by Megan Mace



This event serves as display of process work undertaken whilst in residency at VANSA; engaging in questions that frame notions and aspects of planning towards and participating in an artist residency.


VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Thursday 18 September 2014


At The Wall by Mame-Diarra Niang & Sepia Rain by Samson Kambalu




A double-bill at Stevenson: The first solo exhibitions at the gallery of French-Ivorian-Senegalese photographer Mame-Diarra Niang, and Samson Kambalu, a Malawi-born artist now based in London. Niang’s work was realised while driving in a taxi through Dakar. The artist did not stop to take the photographs; as such, the images suggest a sense of constant movement. Kambalu’s Sepia Rain is a series of short films, each no more than a minute, shot during his travels in Europe. The films, which he calls ‘Psychogeographical Nyau Cinema’, are based on spontaneous site-specific performances.


Stevenson, 62, Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the gallery website. 



Johannesburg Street by Alphabet Zoo




‘Johannesburg Street’ recreates the city of Johannesburg as one long street through mediums such as printmaking, painting, photography, videography and publications. Alphabet Zoo is a street-culture zine that invites collaboration with young talented artists, illustrators, publishers and designers. By running open silk screen and zine workshops, the Alphabet Zoo duo of Minekulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, Johannesburg-based printmakers, will interact with various public spaces, both in terms of production and exhibiting work. One of the aims of the Alphabet Zoo Research Project is to explore the possibilities of hosting the first Zine Fair or Zine Fest in the city of Johannesburg.


GoetheonMain, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page.



Newwork ’14 Art Auction 




Works on auction will include works by the Wits School of Art staff, Jeremy Wafer, Raimi Gbadamosi, Gabi Ngcobo, Donna Kukama, Dorothee Kreutzveldt, Bettina Malcomess, Walter Oltmann, David Andrew, Ra Hlasane, Natasha Christopher and Zen Marie, among others through a performed auction. As well as works from the fourth year students which will be auctioned through a paper auction.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Saturday 20 September 2014


STΔSH Crew at Popart




The STΔSH Crew can be considered a performance art inspired electro rap crew based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The crew undertakes a satirical approach to exploring South African identity, sexuality, class issues, rainbow nation disillusionment and politics through cutting lyrics, electro beats and a surreal visual statement.


Popart, Main Street Life, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Also on and worth a watch: 


New Danish Cinema Festival at The Bioscope




The Bioscope and The Embassy of Denmark present an 11 day film festival of the finest contemporary films to have been made in Denmark.


More info on The Bioscope website. 


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