First Thursdays October​ Edition | Two Exhibitions Worth Checking Out

On the first Thursday of every month, people in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Bloem come out in their numbers to discover and explore their city’s art and cultural spaces. There’s usually a slew of bars, galleries, and street markets at the events.

This month, we are looking forward to an evening of great food, good company, live music and two special art exhibitions happening in Johannesburg and Durban.

Know This Place Exhibition  

The KZNSA Gallery is hosting an exhibition inspired by Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s Do It opens this Thursday, 3 October 2019 as part of their First Thursday programme. 

Participating artists are: Daniel Nel, Nabeeha Mohammed, Camilla Pontiggia, Luyanda Zindela, Callan Grecia, Mook Lion, Paulo Menezes, Kylie Wentzel, Sisipho Ngodwana, Olivia Botha, Vivien Kohler, Jess Bothma, Karla Nixon, Angela Shaw, Kim Kandan, Steve Kotze, Dane Stops, Jo Voysey, Brett Seiler, and Audrey Anderson.

Pick the brains of The KZNSA’s Exhibition Sub-committee and Creative Director as there will be a round table discussion on exhibition processes, the vision for the gallery in 2020 and ways to access exhibition space and projects at KZNSA. The round table runs from 16h30 – 18h00 and refreshments will be available.

Where: KZNSA Gallery

Time: 16:30 till late

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“WALL EYES: Looking at Italy and Africa” Exhibition

Wall Eyes bears witness to the positive contamination between cultures, including four works created by just as many young Italian talents during or after a stay in Africa. They are inspired by the continent; and research the common points between Italy and Africa. It also hosts six works by as many young African artists, with the intent of triggering a confrontation with Italians on common themes. These are Lhola Amira, Rä di Martino, Silvia Giambrone, Jared Ginsburg, Rodan Kane Hart, Bronwyn Katz, Andrea Mastrovito, Elena Mazzi, Luigi Presicce, Marta Roberti, Marinella Senatore, Eugenio Tibaldi, Gian Maria Tosatti, Luca Trevisani, Jessica Webster and Neill Wright.

The exhibition is complemented by an illustrated catalogue, published by Prinp (Turin, Italy), with an essay by the curator Ilaria Bernardi. Contributions by Paolo Cuculi, and Fabio Troisi and in-depth descriptions of the works on display.

Where: Keyes Art Mile 

Time: 5pm

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