It’s nearly September! Feel like you’ve spent too much of your year thus far sitting indoors and turning down all those event invites? Now’s your chance to redeem yourself. It’s First Thursday time again and the September edition sees a jam-packed bumper edition. Get ready for exhibitions, weekend-long music festivals, film screenings, and our very own Alight!
Stop 1: David Krut Projects 140 Jan Smuts Ave // 6 – 9pm
Kwaal-ity Control by Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard III
Kwaal-ity Control looks squarely at the printmaking industry and art world as a whole through the eyes of two emerging artists and printmakers Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard. As the two artists explain, the title is a play on the concept of a printer’s ownership of labour, pointing to “the idea that every print needs to be quality controlled – to be perfect, while raising important questions about labour and economy in terms of how much ownership the printer has over the work.” More information on Facebook.
Stop 2: Priest Espresso bar,
On exhibit at the intimate and eclectic venue of Rosebank’s Priest Espresso bar, Recalled is a new collection of solo works by Janet Anderson. Janet’s works are largely characterised by her melancholic use of colour and thick brush strokes, striking and at once wholly emotive. Find more info over here.
Stop 3: Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood // 6 – 9pm
Selfie – a group exhibition
Everyone loves a good selfie. Even art galleries. Curated by Teresa Lizamore, #selfie is a group painting exhibition that questions and investigates the notions of ‘traditional’ self-portraiture in a digital realm. Amongst other things, the exhibition will investigate the role of selfies in the recent revival of the traditional genre of the self portrait. Read more about the exhibition here.
Stop 4: Goethe-Institut,119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood // 6:30 – 8:30pm
Exhibition Opening: Fantastic
Curated by Nomusa Makhubu and Nkule Mabaso and hosted by the Goethe-Institut, Fantastic is an exhibition that seeks to re-ignite critical thought about the ‘fantastic’ in contemporary art and visual culture. An exhibition that will see the culmination of video art and photographs that engage with the fantastic, Fantastic will see artists from South Africa, Ethiopia, Zambia, USA and more on exhibit. Find out more about the exhibition on Facebook.
Stop 1: Stevenson, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein // 6 – 8pm
Exhibition Opening: Strange Fruit
A solo exhibition by Barthélémy Toguo, Strange Fruit addresses recent upsurges of racialised violence. Taking its name from the 1939 Billie Holiday song, a tree installation at the heart of the exhibition thus becomes an allegory for racism while a series of visceral paintings form the rest of the body of work. Find out more about the artist and the exhibition here.
Stop 2: Neighbourgoods Market, 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein // 6 – 11pm
A MAZE / Johannesburg presents Glitchface and Super Friendship Arcade
A MAZE sees punk game parties from Jo’burg (Glitch Face) and Cape Town (Super Friendship Arcade) come together for an evening of mashing together games, drinks, and partying. For R50 you’ll get to enjoy custom-built controllers, VR experiences, and a side to gaming you may have never known existed. More info this way.
Stop 3: 43 Juta St, Braamfontein // 7 – 11:59pm
The first event of its kind in South Africa and hosted in Johannesburg, a full spectrum of light-based artistry will be sweeping the streets of Jo’burg. Alight will contain an array of glowing installations, 3D Projection mapping, displays, activations and luminescent creative works by local and international artists. Installations and creative works by: SDNA (UK), The Constitute (Germany), Jurgen Meekel, Bushveld Labs, Warren Kieser and Original Swimming Party. R30 gets you in. More details on Facebook.
Other things to see and do
Wednesday 31 August
Ghost Diamond Screening at the Bioscope
Ghost Diamond is a short film collaboration between OkZharp, a musician from London and Chris Saunders, a filmmaker and photographer from Johannesburg. Screening at Maboneng’s Bioscope Cinema, the film sees a strange meeting and a gift transform a young Zulu woman into a powerful and mysterious character known as Ghost Kat. They propel her into the unknown, a journey through a fictional city – part toxic wasteland, part futuristic urban maze. Tickets are R25 and come with a drink. More details here.
The Bioscope Independent Cinema 286 Fox Street // 9 – 10:30pm
Thursday 1 September
Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Johannesburg
A highlight on the global music calendar, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender is coming to Jo’burg for the first time. The lineup will play across six iconic music venues in and around downtown Johannesburg, including Bassline, 1 Fox, And Club, Kitcheners, Carfaxx, Great Dane and Zone 6. Thursday sees a killer lineup take to Newtown’s Bassline to kick off the festival. View the full lineup and find out more about the event over here.
Newtown, Braamfontein, Maboneng, and Soweto // times vary.
Saturday 3 September
Kunsthalle3000 Grand Opening with Uluntu Symbiosis
Using the simple and often overlooked paving stone as a political starting point, Kunsthalle3000 celebrates its grand opening in the Beyers Naudé Square in the city center of Johannesburg. The very first performance (titled “Tremor”) will be performed by the newly formed collective Uluntu Symbiosis (Zakara Raitt, Siya Ngcobo, Llewellyn Mnguni). In upcoming months, the event will also play host to performances by Anthea Moys, David Brooks, Donna Kukama, Kira Kemer, Mikko Kuorinki, Tabita Rezaire, Victoria Wigzell and more. Find out more about Kunsthalle3000 on Facebook.
Beyers Naudé Square (in front of the public library) // 12 – 12:30pm