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A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: JHB | 5 – 11 July 2016

It’s First Thursdays time again, so get a group of friends together to hop between creative hubs across the city. The First Thursdays footprint now includes Rosebank, Braamfontein and Maboneng. In addition to this, be sure to head to WAM tonight for a very special Walter Battiss show.


Stop 1: Everard Read, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank // 6pm

Between Rot and Genesis by Michael MacGarry

The conceptual foundation of this exhibition is centred on two films – Excuse me, while I disappear. and Sea of Ash – that will be screened as installations for the first time in Johannesburg. The films form two fundamental yet quite divergent nexus points for the exhibition, whilst alluding to the binary construction inherent in the title of the show: Between Rot and Genesis. More info on the gallery website


Stop 2: Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank // 6pm

Song of Chicotte by Blessing Ngobeni 

This is the artists first show with the gallery. In this exhibition, Blessing Ngobeni has used the chicotte as a metaphor for slavery in general – not just historical slavery but slavery of the mind, the spirit – in the country, our relationships, ourselves. We brutalise ourselves and each other, and perpetuate the patterns that we have inherited: the sins of the fathers are, more often than not, still being visited on their children. More info on the gallery website.


Stop 3: Priest Espressobar, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood // 6pm

Suduko by Frederick Clarke

Numbers, games, patterns, vibrations, symbols and sound are some of the multiple elements that contribute to this new body of work. Clarke is both a visual artist and music producer, with Sudoku showcasing his latest drawings, and Tri-EP music launch, released under the name Pre-math. This will take the form of a limited edition linocut+USB package. More info on Facebook



Stop 4: Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein // 6:30pm 

Death of the Old, a group show

The now annual emerging artist group exhibition that showcase with one aim only, for the selected artists to present what they are currently in process with. More info of participating artists on Facebook


Stop 5: Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein // 6pm

Post Its #1, a group exhibition

This exhibition features a group of emerging socially engaged, politically oriented artists. Collectively, this group of primarily “born­ frees” challenges the meanings of “post” in post-apartheid and post­colonial South Africa. More info and participating artists on Facebook

Ayanda Mabulu 'untitled' 1


Stop 6: GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Arts on Main // 6:30pm

Fail Deadly, by Vincent Bezuidenhout 

In this exhibition the artist investigates apartheid South Africa’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. According to the artist, “During the 1970s and 80s the government built six atom bombs in complete secrecy, which was swiftly disbanded as the apartheid system crumbled. Incorporating and referencing strategies which include photojournalism, image appropriation, landscape photography and archival documentation, Fail Deadly critically reflects on the limitations of these approaches in artistic practice. More info on Facebook


Other things to see and do

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Walter Battiss: I invented myself: The Jack Ginsberg Collection 

For over 35 years, well-known art collector and philanthropist, Jack Ginsberg has assembled an extraordinary collection of more than 700 artworks, books and ephemera by esteemed South African artist Walter Battiss. This collection will be shown at Wits Art Museum for the first time in an exhibition, curated by Warren Siebrits. The exhibition is accompanied by a 335-page illustrated book. To order the book please see attachment for details. more info on Facebook.  

Wits Art Museum, cnr Jorrisen Street and Bertha Ave, Braamfontein // 6pm


Saturday 9 July 2016

Temporary Feelings, a solo exhibition by Banele Khoza

This is Banele’s first solo exhibition and includes drawings, digital prints and an installation. The exhibition will be opened by Jan Van der Merwe (Artist and Senior Lecture at Tshwane University of Technology). More info on Facebook

Pretoria Art Museum // 11am


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