Be-longing an exhibition on loneliness, 13-21 April 2019

Be-longing: An Exhibition on Loneliness at JAG

The posthuman speed of circulation means that the world now escapes our capacity for attention and we’ve lost our time for otherness, and therefore ourselves. Under the present dispensation, the connection is defined as the functional relationship between formatted materials or components. Via networks, human relations are reformatted to the pure syntax of the operating system. – John Kelsey, 2012

Belonging — Be-longing — longing. As the word deconstructs, it begins to highlight its inherent complexity, its paradox. Belonging promises connection, community, safety, togetherness, being ‘at home’ with others and with oneself. Whereas longing connotes craving, reaching, striving, a state of discontent with what is now, an unfulfilled need. Longing for more, longing for better, longing for enough. Longing is loneliness.

Be-longing speaks to the post-relational context in which we live. Our human relations are disrupted and diffused by technology’s optimistic promise for us to connect, and thereby, belong.

The exhibition (re)presents these stories of loneliness and invites the viewer to engage with these narratives both with their bodies and their emotions.


Tuesday – Sunday 10:00-16:00 (except Friday 18 April, Good Friday)

Saturday 13 April 10:00-13:00
Sunday 14 April 14:00-16:00
Wednesday 17 April 10:00-12:00
Sunday 21 April 14:00-16:00


Johannesburg Art Gallery,

Cnr Klein and,

King George St, Joubert Park,

Johannesburg, 2044,

South Africa

Admission is free and there is secure parking.

Between 10 and 5