A Guide to First Thursdays Joburg | 1 October 2015

First Thursdays is upon us again, and there are a couple of exhibitions taking place in Johannesburg that you don’t want miss. Here’s our guide of what to do and see in the city tonight.

Stop 1: Kalashnikovv | 153 Smit Street

‘How We Wear Ours’ with G-Star Raw opens tonight at Kalashnikovv Gallery showcasing local illustrators, photographers and stylists’ interpretations of jeans culture in South Africa. More info here.

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Stop 2: Stevenson | 62 Juta Street

‘E for Exhibition’ is a solo show of Anton Kannemeyer’s works, opening at the Stevenson Gallery this evening. Satirising everything from himself to commodity fetishisation, many of these works use the day-to-day realities of South Africa to shine a light onto universal issues, such as systemic racism, religious dogma, power and censorship. More details on Facebook.

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Stop 3: The Post Office | 22 Solomon Street

TRANSITIONS is opens this everning at The Post Office, a very fresh and dynamic venue. The event is comprised of paintings, drawings, sculpture and performance art by well known and emerging artists from Johannesburg including Diane Victor, Gordon Froud, Guy du Toit, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Richard John Forbes and Usha Seejarim. More info here.

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Stop 4: WAM | Corner of Bertha and Jorrisen Streets

The Fak’ugesi Residency artists – Jepchumba, Kasia Molga, Ling Tan and Nathan Gates – spent 3 weeks at WAM with the task of creating work that responds to the digital future of Johannesburg. The exhibition reveals their final creative outcomes, from wearable technology to “Future Selfies”, smart plants and wifi poetry. More info here.

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Also on at WAM at 8pm, ‘Werk IT!’ is a reflection on queer masculinity within Africa. Performance artist Kieron Jina, in collaboration with his cast, investigates the diversity of masculinity in Africa, sourcing material from the sex industry, African traditions and popular culture. This performance is free, if you’d like to see it on 2 or 3 October buy tickets here.

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Stop 5: Great Dane | 5 De Beer Street

Vodacom In The City will be hosting an exhibition as way of showcasing their various Instagram campaigns including #MyVITCStyle, #VITCSunriseInstaWalk and #MyVITCCity. For this public event selected photographs will be displayed on the wall outside of Great Dane and prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding ones on show. More details here.

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See the First Thursdays website for the full lists of monthly highlights.

For more creative events, see our event guide.

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