We are going beyond borders in Joburg this week with a solo exhibition by visiting artist Alfredo Jaar, the Dance Umbrella kicks off and an IRL exhibition of an online residency.
Tuesday, 23 February:
The Sound of Silence by Alfredo Jaar
The Sound of Silence is a major installation by acclaimed New York based artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar. Jaar’s works often address issues around how Africa is represented in the media. The installation has been shown 25 times around the world and exists in more than eight different language versions. This is the first time it will be shown in South Africa. More info here.
Wits Art Museum, cnr Jorrisen Street and Bertha Ave Braamfontein // 6:30pm
Beyond Borders: Making Art Across Disciplines and Geographic Boundaries
Goethe-Institut Johannesburg will be hosting a panel discussion and open dialogue for the Dance Umbrella 2016, in support of the Dance Writers final Workshop. The panel will include dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, costume designers from SA and abroad, all engaging in topics that are centered on the nature and politics of collaborations across disciplines and cultural groups. Click here for more.
Market Theatre Laboratory, cnr Bree and Miriam Makeba // 6pm
Wednesday, 24 February:
Creatives in Conversation
This series of talks will introduce people to the content that the upcoming Act/Uj Conference Programme will explore. Interdisciplinarity is normally framed within an academic framework and the free series will start unpacking the fusion of academic disciplines that have evolved into this movement. Family Ties: In this introspection, artist-entrepreneur duo, Roger and Paul Ballen and artist-technician duo Mariapaola and Trevor McGurk, look at how creativity can disrupt the everyday around the dinner table. During this conversation they will be exploring the value of shared knowledge, unlikely intersections and collaborations, and will reflect on some of their most exciting projects impacted by their family ties. More info here.
UJ FADA Gallery, Bunting Road Campus // 6pm sharp
Thursday, 25 February:
POSTDIGITAL 2015 by Floating Reverie
Floating Reverie will be hosting their annual POSTDIGITAL exhibition that will showcase re-imagined artworks from some of the artists that were involved in the 2015 online residency programme. Click here for more info.
No End Contemporary Art Space, 60 4th Avenue, Linden // 6:30pm
Assemblage Residency Artist Talk: Bettina Lehmann
Bettina Lehmann is a curator, writer and arts administrator based in Dresden, Germany. She has been in residence at Assemblage since the beginning of January doing research on the topics of national, local identities and socio-political impacts on artists’ practices and contemporary art. At this talk she will present some of her projects and pose questions for debate and reflections on her research while staying in Johannesburg. More info here.
Assemblage, Newtown, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown // 6:30pm
AMÍLCAR, FRANTZ, PATRICE AND THE OTHERS a solo exhibition by Alfredo Jaar
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg will be hosting two major exhibitions by Alfredo Jaar. The solo exhibition will focus on exploring the politics of images and how they influence modern society. This exhibition combines some of his most famous works with new additions to his oeuvre. Visit Facebook for more.
Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank // 6pm
Thursday, 25 February – Sunday, 6 March:
Dance Umbrella Festival
The Dance Umbrella festival celebrates its 28th year this year and as usual, has a jam packed programme of performances. The festival kicks off with Jessica Nupen and Sunnyboy Motau’s ekasi interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Click here to see the full programme.
Friday 26, February:
Extra Ordinary performance installation and living photography exhibition
In this work-in-progress version, the multitalented artist Sifiso Seleme plays with stereotypes of men and women, with glamour and poverty, ecstasy and exhaustion. Longing and generosity, despair and hope are all present in this extraordinary idea and first performance. In this work, the viewer learns about the double life of the main figure. The performer misleads the audience and asks them to take careful look into the details on stage. More info on Facebook.
GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street // 8pm
Skin and Bone by Wilmari Botha
A solo exhibition exploring a little bit of abstract guts and fun – because why not! More info here.
Wolves, 3 Colett Drive, Illovo // 6pm