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Openings This Week: CT | Kings County, The Anti-Fragile and Almost {Un} Framed

This week the Mother City hosts the openings of Kings County – a group show exploring the symbolic potential of geographic locations, Almost {Un} Framed – a group show by artists working on paper and The Anti-Fragile – an evening of first-hand accounts from those who’ve used uncertainty, failure and disorder to their advantage.​ Two group photography shows are also opening as part of Cape Town Month of Photography and two solo shows by Michele Mathison (Zimbabwe) and Lakin Ogunbanwo (Nigeria) are opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD. Here are the details:


Tuesday, 7 October


SITE Photography and National Trauma in South Africa, an group photography show curated by Hentie van der Merwe is opening at Gallery University Stellenbosch.


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The exhibition forms part of the Stellenbosch Week of Photography, which is part of the Cape Town Month of Photography MOP6 program. Artists include Vincent Bezuidenhout, Francki Burger, Natasha Christopher, Maureen de Jager, Keith Dietrich, David Goldblatt, Matthew Kay, Aliza Levi, Greg Marinovich, Santu Mofokeng, Beatrix Reinhardt, Jon Riordan, Renzske Scholtz and Kathryn Smith.


Old Lutheran Church on the corner of Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch from 6:30pm.



The Bear Suit, a short film directed by Adam Donnelly will be screened for the first time as part of episode 03 of the 2014 season of Short & Sweet Cape Town.




A young, naive driver picks up a stranded, bear suit wearing hitchhiker and gets more than he bargained for. Ben drives down a deserted country road and picks up Ant, a stranded hitchiker wearing a bear suit. Over a cigarette, Ant explains how his driving job and kindheartedness lost him everything. The elaborate story seems like a tall tale, but Ben’s naive curiosity ultimately lands him in the same position.


Short & Sweet Cape Town takes place at the Old German Club, Cape Town from 7:30pm – 11pm.


Book tickets or visit their website for more info.



Wednesday, 8 October


Two exhibitions are opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD:


Manual, a new exhibition of sculpture by Michele Mathison is opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD.


Michele Mathison


Zimbabwean artist Michele Mathison makes sculptures that seem to drag Modernism’s idealism through the mud of contemporary reality. In the process, Mathison’s works themselves become mini-monuments to a new understanding of both the brutality and integrity of labour. A hybrid of Constructivism’s notions and Futurism’s repetitious movement, works become a profusion of forms and gestures, a distilled concentration of frantic movements from all directions culminating in a single point.


New work by Lakin Ogunbanwo is opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD for the first time.


Lakin Ogunbanwo


Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.


1 Argyle Street, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.



Thursday, 9 October


Kings County, a group exhibition featuring Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi, Wangechi Mutu and Paul Mpagi Sepuya is opening at STEVENSON.




Today Brooklyn, as Kings County is more commonly known, counts 2.5 million inhabitants, measures 474 square kilometres, and by itself would be the fourth largest city in the United States if it were not part of New York. Brooklyn is a place of immigrants, its demographics ever shifting. Complex layers of class are superimposed on both historical and newly established ethnic enclaves. Because everybody who lives there is, in some way, from somewhere else, it has been a theatre of imagination and invention, and Brooklyn as an idea, or a metaphor, has been as important in this process as its physical characteristics. On one level, Kings County is about four immigrants (from Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and California) in a place of many immigrants. More fundamentally, however, Kings County is about the symbolic potential of geographic locations – about how imaginary places can affect the real world, and vice versa.


Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.



The Tierney Fellowship Exhibition, a showcase of photography film and media is opening at Michaelis’ Bindery Gallery as part of Cape Town Month of Photography.




The exhibition showcases the new work of three young Tierney fellows of 2013/2014 – Ashley Walters (Michaelis School of Fine Art, mentored by Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit), Shogan Naidoo (WITS, mentored by Jo Ractcliffe) and Sipho Gongxeka (Market Photo Workshops, mentored by Pieter Hugo). The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by The Tierney Family Foundation to support emerging artists in the field of photography. The primary goal of the Fellowship is to find tomorrow’s distinguished artists and leaders in the world of photography and assist them in overcoming the challenges that a photographer faces at the beginning of his or her career. These three young photographers have produced particularly interesting work around identity, masculinity and space.


Bindery Gallery, Ritchie Building, Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Gardens from 6pm.



Saturday, 11 October


Almost {Un} Framed, a group show by artists working on paper is opening at Diedericks / Faber Fine Art.




Although practices, processes and personal philosophies may differ, all the artists have a common goal: to create relevant, and technically proficient art. Artist exhibiting include Chris Diedericks (SA), Dani Buch (BCN), Sohee Kim (KR), Michael Barnes (USA), Pure Evil (UK), David Theron (SA), Angie Banks (SA), Pauline Gutter (SA) and HIN (UK). 


The Palms Center, Shop A006, Ground Floor, The Palms Terrace,145 Sir Lowry Road. Woodstock from 11am – 3pm.



Monday, 13 October


THE ANTI-FRAGILE, the second New Media Mondays event is taking place at New Media Labs.


New Media Mondays


Taking a page out of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, Anti-fragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, we’re going to hear first-hand accounts from those who’ve used uncertainty, failure and disorder to their advantage.​Speakers include Brad Whittington (of Mxit), Annette Muller (of DotNXT) and Paul Cartmel (of New Media Labs). Expect 3 talks, followed by Q&A’s, all well-oiled with free food and beer (and juice).


Entrance is free, but you need to book a ticket.


Priest at King’s Cross, 9 Queens Park Ave from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.



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