SOUTH SOUTH: A New Gallery Platform Championing Art from the Global South

Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery has announced its participation in SOUTH SOUTH, an online community, anthology and resource for artists, galleries, curators and collectors invested in the Global South. The platform’s launch brings together over 50 galleries from across five continents for a far-reaching view of contemporary art.

The platform will create a repository and a space for new, shared value systems centered on community, collaboration and exchange. SOUTH SOUTH will offer a central portal to experience the programmes and artist profiles of galleries within and dedicated to the Global South. It will host year-round events and, during these tumultuous times, seeks to address an imbalance in the art world framework by providing a means to explore alternative art centers within a broader geopolitical context.

SOUTH SOUTH aims to magnify urgent conversations globally, foregrounded in these past turbulent months — including the persisting need for decolonisation, restitution and connected sociopolitical concerns emerging out of recent manifestations of the racial justice movement. This discourse has been compellingly tackled by artists from the Global South for decades.

To coincide with the launch of the platform, Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Everything fits to our daily needs, a group exhibition in Johannesburg featuring work by Yto Barrada, William Kenridge, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Kapwani Kiwanga, Mateo López, Misheck Masamvu, Ernesto Neto, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, and Sue Williamson.

Alongside the exhibition, Goodman Gallery will be participating in the first edition of SOUTH SOUTH VEZA, a hybrid of a live, by invitation only selling event powered by auction technology and a peer-led Online Viewing Room (OVR). A percentage of proceeds will be sold to benefit nonprofit organisations highlighted as charity partners, recognising the crucial role that these organisations play within the arts ecology.

SOUTH SOUTH VEZA offers an expansion on the role of new artistic production and of commercial galleries in the Global South conversation. Galleries have generated pivotal exhibitions, groundbreaking production and a powerful ecosystem of exchange across the Global South and its diaspora. The first edition of SOUTH SOUTH VEZA will focus on a group of 50+ invited galleries, whose programmes powerfully speak to issues salient to our current times. Both established programmes and emerging, next generation galleries will be included in the event.

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Cover artwork by Kiluanji Kia Henda.

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