Opening This Week: Joburg | Animation, African Modernism and All That Jazz

This week’s guide to Jozi art openings features a variety of events from solo exhibitions to animation screenings. Get out there and see some art, it’s the perfect remedy for easing away the holiday hangover and getting back into the swing of things. 

Thursday, 14 January

Genoveve Fernandez: We, the people

Hazard Gallery invites you to celebrate the opening of Genoveva Fernandez’s first solo exhibition in South Africa. Originally from Spain, Genoveva is an artist living and working in Pretoria. On the idea behind We, the people and the use of newspapers and various screens,  she explains in her artist statement: “Newspapers are omnipresent in this body of work. Newspapers have been for a very long time one of the main ways for the people to get information on public affairs. It is true that nowadays screens of all sorts have basically taken over. But while under threat and trying to adapt to these new times, newspapers remain a fundamental source to access political information. One that would give both the writer and the reader the necessary time to reflect on what they want to say and learn. Is this kind of a nostalgic tribute to printed media? Probably yes.”

When: 14 – 26 January, with an artist’s talk and walk-through on Sunday, 24 January from 1pm.

Where: Hazard Gallery. 264 Fox Street, cnr of Main and Berea, Arts on Main, Maboneng.

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The Playgroup: You Suck (And Other Inescapable Truths)

“So, imagine that Rainbow Brite crawled out of your 80’s TV set, got herself expelled from Piet Retrief Sekondere for sniffing Tippex, only to wind up on your doorstep with a paper plane in her hair. You Suck (And Other Inescapable Truths) offers excellent tips on how to “dance sexy, like in hip-hop”, roll with the cool crew, and how to pick up hidden meanings in popular television shows.”

When: 14 -16 January at 8pm and 17 January at 3:30pm.

Where: POPArt, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precint.

Tickets are R80 online and R100 at the door. 

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A selection of prints from Warren Editions presented by No End Contemporary Art Space

In collaboration with Cape Town professional printmaking studio Warren Editions, No End Contemporary Art Space presents a selection of prints by by various artist including Sanell Aggenbach, Georgina Gratrix, Ruan Hofmann, Gerhard Marx, Christian Nerf, Jody Paulsen, Elize Wessels, Michael Taylor and others. Find more details here.

When: Opening Thursday, 14 January at 6:30pm.

Where: No End Contemporary Art Space. 60 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.

Brett Murray , Night Day

Brett Murray , Night Day

Friday, 15 January

Considering Genius curated by Boitumelo Tlhoaele 

As part of Kaya FM’s Jazzuary series, Considering Genuis pays tribute to the rich history and artistry of South African jazz. Curated by Boitumelo Tlhoaele, the exhibition features the work of seven visual artists who have created artworks inspired by the music of Winston Mankunku, Johnny Dyani, Hugh Masekela, Phillip Tabane, Pat Matshikiza, Letta Mbulu and Louis Moholo.

The 7 artists who will be showcasing their work are Ayanda Mabulu, Bambo Sibiya, Layziehound Coka, Malcolm Jiyane, Neo Matloga, Neo Ntsoma and Palesa Mopeli.

When: 15 – 28 January.

Where: The Res Gallery. Unit 4 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. 

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An Animation Show of Shows at The Bioscope

After 17 successful years of showcasing the very best in animation, The Animation Show of Shows has finally come to South Africa. For a limited time, animation professionals and enthusiasts can experience, network and engage with some of the best animation production in the world. “Curated in Los Angeles since 1998, The Animation Show of Shows has selected the best in animated short films from the world’s most renowned animation festivals and presented them at the major animation studios to inspire animators and directors.”

When: 15 – 20 January.

Where: The Bioscope. 286 Fox St, Johannesburg, Maboneng Precinct.

Also on and worth a look:

African Modernism – Architecture of Independence at the Goethe Institut

“When many countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. Researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, African Modernist documents more than 80 buildings in Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal. It is accompanied by the 700-page publication Architecture of Independence – African Modernism.”

When: Showing until 29 January.

Where: Goethe Institut. 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Zanele Muholi’s Somyama Ngonyama

In her latest exhibition titled Somnyama Ngonyama, or “Hail The Dark Lioness”, Zanele Muholi interrogrates blackness, African history, gender politics and the culture of selfies. We spoke to the South African photographer and visual artist about the activism of her work and its influences, read the interview here.

When: Showing until 29 January.

Where: Stevenson. 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein.

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