This week the Mother City hosts the openings of five solo shows, three group shows and a short film festival. Watch out for a celebration of urban comic art, a showcase of symbols of South African cultures and an exhibition of unpublished works by Zapiro. Here are the details:
Tuesday, 23 September
Two solo exhibitions are opening at Commune1.
Morning After Dark, a solo show by David Lurie.
Morning After Dark presents a new photographic series from David Lurie documenting urban landscapes from both formal and informal parts of Cape Town in the early hours of the morning. The early-morning light captured is charged with an uncanny energy despite the perceived stillness of the landscapes. Here the ‘ghosts’ of people haunt the scenes in a potent reminder of how deeply intertwined structures and the people they contain (or exclude) are.
False Priest, a solo show by Olivié Keck.
In False Priest Keck presents a quiet and personal enquiry into the phenomenology of sleep and dying and the related subjects of loss, fear, memory and dreams. The themes are explored using multiple techniques including quilting, embroidery, printmaking and ceramics. In these choices of media there is a strong connection between the materiality, the act of making and the subject matter.
64 Wale Street from 6pm.
GRAF/LIT Urban Exteriors, a comic art exhibition, is opening at Youngblood Gallery
GRAF/LIT is a collaborative enterprise, consisting of both a publication and an outstanding accompanying exhibition. With GRAF/LIT our goal is to showcase some of the most talented, local comic art out there. Through this event, we hope to develop a greater sense of public awareness and immersion in South African comic art. The theme for this year’s GRAF/LIT event has been localized to the city of Cape Town.
Youngblood Gallery, Beautifull Life Building, 70-72 Bree St, Cape Town from 6:30pm.
See the Facebook Event for more information.
Symbols of South African Cultures is opening at Iziko South African National Gallery.
Symbols of South African Cultures is a World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project, showcasing iconic South African cultural symbols in celebration of our heritage. The exhibition celebrates our cultural diversity through a series of stamps depicting historical and cultural symbols. These stamps will be displayed alongside a collection of South African cultural objects including the Blombos Ochre and Shell Beads dating back 75 000 years.
Government Ave, Company’s Garden, Cape Town at 6pm.
Short & Sweet Film Experience Season 4 is kicking off at the Old German Club
Short & Sweet Film Experience Season 4 will showcase a hand selected bouquet of short films, animations and music videos in the eclectic, interactive atmosphere venue Old German Club, from 21-28 September. Running every Tuesday night over four weeks, limited seating and bespoke spirits will ensure an environment of elegant intimacy. Adorned with a fully stocked bar, a high definition projector, complimentary Hendrick’s Gin cocktails, live digital art to ease the burn of intermission, popcorn and impromptu performances, Short & Sweet provides the consummate cinematic experience.
6 Roodehek Terrace (OFF Hope Street) at 7:30pm.
Thursday, 25 August
S P R U N G, a collaboration between photographer Jody Brand (CHOMMA) and Beijing Opera is opening.
Jody Brand is a photographer/art director living in Cape Town where she captures images of curious culture. She studied History & Media at the University of Cape Town and photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. She has assisted performance/visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga for the past two years and is now working on developing her first book. This event also marks Beijing Opera’s new opening hours and they’ll now be open for dinner 4 times a week from Wednesday to Saturday 18:00-22:00.
3 – 9 Rose Street from 5pm.
See the Facebook event for more information.
A group art and photography exhibition is opening at Tonys Houz in Stellenbosch.
Tony Mac invites you to the opening day Tonys Houz Art, Performance and Photography Exhibition. Artists include Sylvanant Art, Whispers of wisdom, Koketso ‘kets’ mamabolo, Mbongeni Nomkonwana, One Hearts, Beata America, Deep Quency, Contemporary and Ballet dancers, Poets and Flutist, Venustia Dames sêr.
Entrance fee: R40 | VIP tickets: R60
Visual Arts Building, Victoria Street from 6:30pm. Stellenbosch. See the Facebook event for details.
Mário Macilau’s Fora da Cidade (Out of Town) is opening at Blank projects.
This is the first solo exhibition in South Africa by Mozambican photographer Mário Macilau. Fora da Cidade (Out of Town) comprises a selection of photographs from two recent series,Living on the Edge (2012) and Outside Town (2013 – ongoing). Both series document the living and working conditions of socially isolated or marginalised groups living in rural or peri-urban areas of East Africa, with a focus on the negative socio-economic effects of migrant labour and foreign investment in developing countries. His images seek to represent the complex reality of the globalised labour market, communicating what Macilau describes as his “experience [of] human greed, seeing the weakest generate the wealth of the strongest, with human misery as their unique compensation”.
113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock at 6pm.
Monday, 29 September
Zapiro’s Democrazy is opening at the Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery.
Zapiro’s most recent book Democrazy (published by Jacana) presents a survey of satirical graphics of the foibles of South African politics over the past twenty years. In it he traces the indelible legacies of decisive moments that define, and still continue to shape, the country. For his exhibition he is showing 40 unpublished works, accompanied by pages from Zapiro’s notebooks, presenting fascinating views into the creation of his characters and the increasingly absurd situations of their making.
35 Church Street at 6pm.
See the Facebook event for more.