South Africans Abroad: Sakhile Matlhare on her Gallery in Frankfurt

Contemporary Art Gallerist, Sakhile Matlhare, and her co-founder Daniel Hagermeier set out to create a space in Frankfurt, Germany titled Sakhile&Me – that provides artists from the African diaspora with a sustainable platform to exhibit their work.

Sakhile&Me, located in downtown Frankfurt, works with emerging and established international artists, creative entrepreneurs, and curators with a focus on Africa and its diasporas. It promotes the work of artists and expands their visibility on the continent and abroad through group and solo exhibitions, art fair participation, placement of works in private and public collections and cooperation with other galleries. Sakhile&Me engages audiences on an interactive level through expert lectures and talks, explorative workshops and publications. It features mediums such as photojournalism, poetry and contemporary art. Housed in a cultural heritage building, the Sakhile&Me gallery offers approximately 750 square feet of exhibition space in three rooms.

Matlhare holds a doctoral degree from Northwestern University and wrote her dissertation on how contemporary artists work alongside art curators, historians, gallerists and other experts in the gatekeeping process within and beyond the rubric of contemporary African art. Hagemeier holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Sydney and has worked with his father, Achim Hagemeier, specializing in Expressionist and Classical Modern art, since 2014.

The gallery’s latest exhibition, titled ‘Limise’, features the work of South African photographers Zanele Muholi and Lindeka Qampi.

“Looking at the way education and research are key elements in established cultural institutions such as art museums, libraries, and national archives, we wanted to create a space that is a hybrid between this education- and research-focused programming and the traditional art gallery,” says Matlhare.

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