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Openings This Week: JHB | Portraits, Zero Latitude, and Invisible Cities

This week’s art openings and events include a bit of something for everyone: a group portrait exhibition, Bianca Baldi’s Zero Latitude project, Anthea Moys’ Winning, a Frank van Reenen solo show, a walkabout at the Bag Factory, a performance intervention, and the return of Invisible Cities.


Thursday 2 October 2014 


Id Entity II, a group portrait show


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Portraiture in art has always been linked to the concept of identity; for what stronger link is there between a sense of self and the human face? In this exhibition, Id Entity II, we strive to question and delve into portraiture, keeping this notion of identity in mind and asking ourselves, can we really define identity and in the same breath, can we define portraiture? Artworks by thirty artists comprise this show, including works by Tanisha Bhana, Katy Barton-Bridges, Becky Haysom, Bruce Donald and st. John Fuller.


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


More info on the gallery website.



Zero Latitude, by Bianca Baldi




The project was commissioned and co-produced by the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with support from the Goethe-Institut. The starting point for Bianca’s idea was a particular design object, The Louis Vuitton Explorator. Commissioned by Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza for his expedition to Congo, the highly stylised form of this explorer’s day bed is capable of containing and unfolding not only physically but also conceptually, the trappings and projections accompanying the aesthetic of colonial ambition at Zero Latitude.


Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook event page. 



On a Day, by Frank van Reenen




Van Reenen’s iconic works are well known for the way in which they explore the strange dichotomy of childhood – a period characterised by the tension between innocence and depravity, sweet whimsy and dark cruelty. There is a palpable sense of nostalgia for an imagined ideal suburban world – and the perfect, shiny overallness of the work establishes a kind of baseline of blandness – a thin veil of visual numbness behind which a world of discomforting realities lurks.


NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page.



Beasts of Burden, by Frikkie Eksteen




A tragicomic look at our failure as custodians of the environment which questions the presumed superiority of humans as higher animals within a natural order.


Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


more info on the Facebook event page.



WINNING, by Anthea Moys


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WINNING – a new exhibition by Anthea Moys, the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art. The exhibition documents her two performance cycles, ‘Anthea Moys vs. The City of Grahamstown’, and ‘Anthea Moys vs. The City of Geneva’, and features new paintings, prints and video works. The exhibition will be opened by Master of Ceremonies Gerard Bester.


Ithuba Art Gallery, 100 Juta Street, braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page.



Friday 3 October 2014


Right of Admission,  a project and series of performance interventions by Farieda Nazier and Alberta Whittle




In a series of performative actions the artists will contest the visible and invisible boundaries in Johannesburg. Using the physicality of the body and its appearance as markers for access,  and identity, this performance functions as an intervention intended to challenge the “accepted narrative, which insists on an economic and social hierarchy of pilgrimage and aspiration.” Essentially, this narrative illustrates the extent of power and influence that is embodied in such centres as Sandton City, as well as unspoken rules that govern accessibility to public domains that connects it to the rest of Johannesburg – such as the Gautrain. As a result, this intervention will be a journey that is traversed ‘backwards’ to undo these aspirations.


ROOM, Space #4, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein

From 4:30pm

More info and performance times on the Facebook event page. 



Saturday 4 October 2014






SLIT is a limited edition range of duo-toned leather carriers created by Quamta, in collaboration with Africa’s premium electric bicycle lifestyle brand, Cycology. The SLIT range is a seamless carrier that collapses into a pure geometric form.


WINDOW pop-ip exhibition space, 44 Stanley, Milpark


More info on the WINDOW website.  



Controversial Ways of Seeing, a walkabout with Elizabeth Castle, the curator




Controversial Ways of Seeing is an exhibition of works by invited artists representing the diversity of influence of the Johannesburg Art Foundation. The exhibition features works by Bill Ainslie, Ricky Burnett, Diana Hyslop, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Helen Sebidi, Pat Mautloa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Jenny Stadler and others. Join Liz Castle as she discusses the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the work on the show.


Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg


More info on the Facebook event page.



Salon I, a group pop-up exhibition




A salon-style pop-up exhibition curated by Ann-Marie Tully and Andrea Rolfes.


Upstairs@Bamboo, Bamboo Centre, 7th Avenue, Melville

‘Official’ opening 12pm (but open from Thursday)

More info on Facebook. 



Sunday 5 October 2014  


Invisible Cities 6/12




Invisible Cities returns, and this instalment, the sixth, will occupy some green space, sunshine, fresh air, and grass. It’s a walk-in drive-in, so bring a radio to tune in. Bring food, bring drinks, bring children, bring summer.


Rhodes Park, Kensington

From 11am

More info on the Facebook event page. 


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