02 Feb A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: JHB | 1–8 February 2016
It’s First Thursdays again and you know what that means – time to head into the city and see some art. Either start in Rosebank and make your way to Braam, or skip straight to the latter and come say hi to us at Fourthwall Books for the Jozi leg of our Travel exhibition. Other shows opening on the 4th include a group exhibition exploring fear and desire and a talk about the ancient significance of jewellery. Also on this week, but not part of First Thursdays, is a short run of a theatre production for the Youtube generation and a CTEMF connect show featuring 3 big international names in electronic music. Enjoy!
Stop 1: Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue.
Wayne Barker’s latest exhibition, The World That Changed The Image, opens at Everard Read Gallery this week. The renowned Pretoria-born artist will be debuting his new series of silkscreen prints as well as a collection of works in other mediums. Go here for more info.
Stop 2: Lizamore & Associates Gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue.
To whom does Africa actually belong? The white man or the black man? This dual exhibition at Lizamore & Associates aims to look deeper into the various socio-political issues that South Africans are faced with every day. Made up in part with Ik Ben Een Afrikander: The Unequal Conversation, which shows alongside African Equations, this show sheds a refreshing light on current issues and endeavours to create a platform for healthy debate on the matter. Find out more over here.
Stop 3: Priest Espressobar, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue.
Fetish: Traversing the Occupied Body is a group show curated by Wayne Matthews. Expect to see artworks from Kendell Geers, Vusi Beauchamp, Setlamorago (Thabo) Mashilo and 20 other artists. The exhibition comprises of a sequence of artworks exploring ideas of desire, fear and denial and the power they hold. Find the details on Facebook.
Stop 4: Fourthwall Books, 5 Reserve Street.
Come take a trip with us! This one night only group exhibition curated by 10and5 presents lighthearted and affordable artworks across a range of mediums that evoke a sense of place, adventure, wanderlust and discovery. Check out the event page for more.
Stop 5: New Acropolis, Orion House, 49 Jorissen Street.
The use of jewellery is rooted in our most ancient past. This talk will explore the ways in which our ancestors not only adorned their bodies, but also the deep significance these decorations had in connecting them with the divine. Details here.
Stop 6: Stevenson, 62 Juta Street.
Cow dung and earth on canvas, sticks, stones and mud bricks are all Mawande Ka Zenzile needs to show how power works in our society and confront history, economic systems and political ideologies. The exhibition (which will also feature some musical guests) aims to compare and contrast African and Western practices as well as the stereotypes formed around the two throughout history. Visit Facebook for more info.
Stop 7: Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Service Street.
Kalashnikovv’s group exhibition, Prologue, centres around six young artists from all over the country whose work brings a fresh approach to art in South Africa. Check out the event page.
Stop 8: Kitcheners, Cnr Juta and De Beer Street.
Once you’ve seen enough art for one night, head to Kitcheners for Thirst Thursdays featuring tunes by Miz Buttons, Plaat Japie, Polygamy and more.
Visit www.first-thursdays.co.za for a list of the monthly highlights.
Other things to see and do this week:
Tuesday, 2 February
Bombshelter Beast feat. Pitch Black Afro at The Orbit
‘Afro balkan skadubhall’ outfit Bombshelter Beast are heading to The Orbit for Fat Tuesdays where they’ll perform alongside Pitch Black Afro (and his extended family). The group is a lively fusion of drums, sousaphone, trumpet, vuvuzela, piano, base, accordion and voice. Be there to witness the magic, for more info visit Facebook.
Wednesday, 3 February
Fifteen Hundred group show at No End
Why Fifteen Hundred? Because all of the artworks will be on sale for the set price of R1500. The exhibition, hosted by new gallery No End Contemporary Art Space, calls upon encouraging art buyers to expand on their interest in local artists and support their work. This event will feature work by artists Adrie le Roux, Banele Khoza, Givan Lötz, Io Makandal, Jake Singer and many more. Visit the event page right here.
Thursday to Sunday, 4-7 Februrary
A very short run of Amateur Hour at POPArt
Ahead of Amatuer Hour‘s tour to Perth Fringe World, the show, written by Gwydion Beynon, directed by John Trengove, and starring Jemma Kahn and Roberto Pombo, is in Jozi for a bit. Featuring 12 astonishing acts in less than an hour, Amateur Hour is a lurid, but loving celebration of rank amateurism and the remote outer reaches of show business, where “the show must go on” regardless of whether it should. This way for more details.
Saturday, 6 February
Inner city. Outer space.
It’s a big weekend for music in the city of gold. In this CTEMF satellite event, international acts DJ Chloé, Boris Brejcha and DJ Rolando will be at And club, bringing with them all sorts of electronic goodness. Find out more and get your tickets here.