First Thursdays ensures a busy night meandering the streets perusing the latest exhibitions, and the ‘Wildlife Photographer of Year Exhibition’ promises to be a resplendent showcase of our natural world. This week, Haute Couture graces the catwalks at SA Menswear Fashion Week and international artists play at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, while budding mixers can attend free workshops ahead of the live shows. Peep our guide to First Thursdays first, followed by other things to see and do in CT this week.
Stop 1: Gallery MOMO, 170 Buitengracht Street.
For the first time ever, Capetonians will have the pleasure of viewing the mesmerising work of New Jersey artist, Ayana V. Jackson at Gallery MOMO. Living between Cape Town, Jozi and the Big Apple, her Future – Past – Imperfection exhibition that explores how photographic representation and mass distribution of photographic media objectifies the body. Using performance, studio-based portraiture, and reportage, her methods create a map of ethical considerations and relationships involved between the artist, muse and viewer. Visit Facebook for more.
Stop 2: The Architect, 71 Hout Street.
We’re always excited when a new gallery exhibits new work. The Architect part of the Cape Institute for Architecture and is presenting a combination of drawings and photographs by Local Studio. Click here for more.
Stop 3: Young Blood Gallery and Beautiful Food, 70-72 Bree Street.
Young Blood Gallery and Beautiful Food is hosting the PPC Imaginarium Exhibition and Awards Ceremony to acknowledge emerging talent across six creative disciplines. Musician Marnus Daniel is performing Eleutheromania: an express desire for freedom through music before the ceremony commences. Be sure to book a space to enjoy an evening of celebration accompanied by a dinner from Beautiful Food. Click here for more info.
Stop 4: The Slave Lodge Museum, Corner of Adderly and Wale Street.
The Price of Gold photographic portrait installation by Thom Pierce at the Iziko Slave Lodge, unearths the plights of SA miners suffering from silicosis after working for years underground. The viewing of the work occurs in the dark with the aid of lights from miners helmets, creating an all encompassing experience . Click here for more.
Stop 5: Jan Joyce Gallery, 64 Church Street.
Touring work, Renée van Leusden’s mask exhibition, In Your Face visits us all the way from the Netherlands before heading off to Silicon Valley, Miami and Paris. Made from Bronze, each mask reads as a reflection of the world we inhabit. Visit the Jan Joyce Gallery for more.
Stop 6: Spier Pop-up Bar, 35 Church Street.
Need a quick break between gallery hopping? Have a meal and glass of wine at the Spier Pop-up Bar outside the AVA Gallery. Church Street is possibly the busiest of areas with a string of galleries and second-hand stalls selling bric-á-brac, clothing and jewellery so be sure to take some loose cash if you’re a vintage junkie.
Stop 7: The EYE, 44a Bloem Street.
Hyria Corvi’s eye-popping exhibition, ZCIENCE experiments with discordant and complimentary colours, pushing the dividing lines between colour schemes. Her acrylic paintings use colour to counterbalance the medium she works with and surface she constructs on. Click here for more.
Other things to see and do this week:
Tuesday 2, February
The Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
Besides having brightly coloured houses, what else do you know about the Bo-Kaap? Take an hour from your day and visit the Auwal Masjid Mosque, the Bo-Kaap Museum and enjoy traditional Cape Malay Cuisine on this free tour. Visit City Site Seeing South Africa for details.
On Photography, Painting & Sculpture
ErdmannContemporary and the Photographers Gallery ZA present works by Hennric Jokeit, Robert Hamblin, Debbie Loots, Agnes Heinz and Nicola Roos exploring themes around family, outmoded rituals, home and cultural identity. In addition, you’re able to get a sneak preview of Hennric Jokeit’s Negative Vision, which is premiering at Cape Town Art Fair later this month. Visit their site for more.
Wednesday 3, February
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Out of the 42, 000 entries from 95 countries, 13 images shot by South Africans were selected as winners and finalists and are on display, along with other majestic images from the world’s top photographers, at the Chavonnes Battery Museum. From majestic beasts in action, to microscopic details of plant-life and colossal landscapes, this selection of work exults wondrous flora and fauna. On selected Wednesdays, the featured photographers provide talks about their work, together with presentations that share their stories and photographs. For more details visit here and keep an eye out for #WildlifeWednesdays on Twitter.
SA Menswear Fashion Week AW16
Want to know who is at the forefront of menswear design? Visit the Cape Town Stadium from 3-6 February to see more than 40 designers showcase their latest collections at SA Menswear Fashion Week. With designers like Rich Mnisi, Craig Porter, Jenevieve Lyons and Chu Suwannapha in mix, we can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for dapper gents, who relish style and local design. Visit here for a full itinerary.
Friday 5, February
The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
Kick off the weekend at Cape Town City Hall and listen to the best local and international artists in the genres of hip hop, disco, techno and electro. Headline acts include Boris Brejcha, Goldie, Harri & Domenic and Nightmares on Wax. If you want to hone your mixing skills, then be sure to attend the free workshops at the Red Bull Studio and Gugu S’Thebe. Go to Facebook to find out more.