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Openings This Week: JHB | Objects Out Of Context, Open Studios, And A Star-Studded Photography Show

This week’s art openings and events include a double-bill solo show by Angolan photographer Edson Chagas, the last Open Studio events for the year at Assemblage and VANSA respectively, a star-studded group photography exhibition, the inaugural exhibition at the Show & Tell Student Gallery, and a programme of events reflecting on 100 years of war.


Tuesday 11 November 2014 


Found Not Taken / Tipo Passeby Edson Chagas




For Found Not Taken, Chagas walked through the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, Wales, collecting discarded objects and moving them, at times slightly and in other instances significantly, before photographing them. Taken out of their context and photographed in relation to a carefully chosen background, the mundane items are turned into abstract icons that animate the city. What might seem at first glance a symbol of a society characterized by waste and instant obsolescence is also a reflection on the fact that what is perceived as real is actually a construct. The artist employs a similar approach in Tipo Passe, in which he stages portraits of models wearing traditional African masks borrowed from a private collection.


Stevenson, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the gallery website.



Reflecting on 100 Years of War




A series of lectures, films and panel discussions to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War; the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and the 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.


Various venues in Johannesburg.

11 November – 10 December 2014

View the full online programme. 



Wednesday 12 November 2014 


Open Studio at Assemblage 




We welcome friends, colleagues, supporters and art-lovers to join us for an evening filled with art, drinks and pizza as we take a retrospective look at Assemblage Studios in 2014.


Assemblage Artist Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Opening Office – Jean Katambayi Mukendi




Jean Katambayi Mukendi will have an open studio and be giving a short presentation on his work at the VANSA space. Jean has most recently shown at the Dakar Biennial, also exhibiting at Digibap, Marseilles, Gallery of Contemporary Aeroplastics, Brussels, Picha, Lubumbashi, and PIXELHACHE, Finland.


VANSA Offices, First Floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Friday 14 November 2014


See without looking, hear without listening, breathe without asking




Inspired by a quote by W.H. Auden from his remarkable long poem “FOR THE TIME BEING”, this photographic group exhibition is curated by Kalashnikovv Gallery in association with the Joburg Photo Umbrella.


Corner Smit and De Beer Streets Braamfontein

6:30 pm

More info on the Facebook event page.



Saturday 15 November 2014 


Emerge, a student group show




Show & Tell Student Gallery will be showcasing its very first group exhibition. The show consists of students from UJ’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and The University of Pretoria. Come and see the diverse emerging talent of some of South Africa’s young bloods.


Show & Tell Student Gallery, 306 Commissioner Street


More info on the Facebook event page.  



Also on and worth a look:


Umlambo uzwiwa nge dondolo, by Bambo Sibiya




Through this exhibition Bambo explores various aspects of township life with particular emphasis on single parent households, which was a formative part of his life and that of migrant labourers coming to Johannesburg at the peak of apartheid in the hope of finding work. Bambo is the winner of the 2012 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award.


Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg

More info on the gallery website.


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