Archive: Issue No. 33, May 2000

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 Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer
Meat 1994
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 348cm

 Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer
Speak Slowly Please 1994
Installation view


Roger Palmer at the AVA
by Sue Williamson

Born in 1946 in Portsmouth, England, Roger Palmer was educated at the Portsmouth College of Art (1964-1968) and at the Chelsea School of Art (1968 -1969). Since 1987 he has been a full-time lecturer in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, where he co-founded the Master of Fine Art Programme in 1988 and where he currently teaches Master's students. Palmer has been exhibiting in group exhibitions since 1969 and held his first one-person show at the University of Warwick Art Gallery in 1970. Since then he has exhibited extensively in may countries all over the world. His work is represented in many public and corporate art collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Gallery in London and the South African National Gallery. Palmer is a frequent visitor to South Africa and this show at AVA is his fourth solo exhibition here following Colour Blind at the SANG in 1993, Buttock & Tongue at Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery in Johannesburg in 1997, and Precious Metals which is currently on show at the at the SANG.

International Waters comprises six interconnected works which address aspects of sea travel, the role that maritime space played in colonization and the subsequent maintenance of links between Britain and South Africa. The exhibition identifies the "open sea" as a space for exploration, emigration and exchange, and in so doing, acknowledges Seventeenth Century Dutch marine painting (the period of Dutch settlement in the Cape), J M W Turner's Nineteenth Century blurring of maritime space and Piet Mondrian's early Twentieth Century geometric evocation of the meeting between land and sea in his Pier and Ocean series. The year 2000 marks the centenary of the formation of the Union Castle Line which provided mail and passenger services between Southampton and Cape Town until 1977, and the show includes two works which make reference to this fleet.

International Waters is an experimental exhibition which has been conceived at a distance specifically for the AVA. In addition to a wall-drawing, a sculpture using found objects and a single photograph, the exhibition presents various forms of language, using neon tubes, an electronic L.E.D. screen, and vinyl adhesive texts. A further exhibition similarly titled will be presented by Palmer at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton next year, thus re-establishing links between two port cities which were once closely connected by sea trade. Catalogues of both exhibitions will be published late next year.

May 30 - June 17

35 Church Street, Cape Town

Tel: 424-7436
Fax: 423-2637 Website:

Michaelis Wednesday Lecture by Willie Little

This week's lecture is by American multimedia artist and storyteller Willie Little. His works are rooted in the southern rural traditions of North Carolina where he studied and also lives. He documents a fading part of rural lifestyle through his visual narratives that identify universal experiences, and which fit together like pieces of a puzzle, each a smaller part of a larger story. His work ranges from multimedia interactive installations and assemblage, to acrylic and oils on canvas.

Wednesday May 31, 1 - 2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Michaelis Building, Hiddingh Campus, 31 - 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: 480-7114,br> E-mail:
by Sue Williamson

Brett Murray

Brett Murray
Maquette for 'Africa'

Brett Murray sculpture unveiling

This Friday sees the unveiling of Africa, the Brett Murray bronze which won the 1998 competition for a piece of public sculpture for the city of Cape Town. The competition was launched by the Cape Town Urban Arts Foundation and the J K Gross Trust, in collaboration with the Association For Visual Arts (AVA) who administered it.

An AVA press release reads "The intention of this competition, the second of its kind in Cape Town, was to promote artistic production while at the same time regenerating the city centre, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and stimulating tourism. The sculpture now becomes the property of the city of Cape Town, and there can be no doubt that it will attract many visitors and tourists to the city, situated as it is in the heart of Cape Town's downtown shopping district.

Centre of a year long controversy with the city council, the sculpture is a challenging piece of art, three meters high, cast in bronze and adorned with yellow heads of Bart Simpson. In this arresting work, Africa meets late 20th Century America, raising issues of Afro- versus Euro- centric, and indigenous ethnic versus decadent Western culture - debates very prominent in South Africa today. With Africa, Murray challenges notions of what is art and incites questions as to what cultural production in the last century will be remembered for in the next. Spanning, as it does, two continents, two millennia and two civilizations, Africa will prove to be a valuable asset to Cape Town and a huge improvement on its public sculpture of the past".

Africa will be unveiled by Sheryl Ozinsky, Manager of Cape Town Tourism, on Friday, 26 May 2000 at 1 pm in St George's Mall where it intersects with Waterkant Street.

*Brett Murray is currently exhibiting at the Brendon Bell-Roberts Gallery - see reviews.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer
Meat 1994
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 348cm

Michaelis Lecture Series

Roger Palmer is an artist and a senior lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art where he co-founded the renowned MFA Programme. He is a regular visitor to South Africa and has exhibited in this country on a number of occasions. His 1986 project, Precious Metals, is currently on show at the South African National Gallery. A new solo exhibition, 'International Waters' opens at the AVA Gallery on May 30. He will show work from and deliver a talk on the MFA Programme at Glasgow School of Art.

Wednesday May 24, 1 - 2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Michaelis Building, Hiddingh Campus, 31 - 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: 480-7114

'Disorder' playing at 083 910 1235

Created for Soft Serve 11 but still online is this collection of seven aural pieces to be accessed by dialling 083 910 1235. Doing so brings on a welcoming cyber voice giving a brief description of each of the seven offerings, which range from sound collage pieces put together by the old stalwarts Kalahari Surfers, with excerpts from sources ranging from a Czech opera to Jim Reeves to others far less identifiable. Well worth a listen, and you could always pretend to be taking a call from a client as you smile your way through them.

Judy van der Walt

Judy van der Walt
Contemplations opens May 19

Photographs by Judy van der Walt at the 3rd I Gallery

'Contemplations: Tibet, India & Nepal',an exhibition of photographs by Judy van der Walt opens on May 19. The show will be accompanied by screenings of 'Kundun' at 6pm on Thursday June 1 and 'Seven Years in Tibet' on Thursday June 1 at 6pm. The artist will give a talk at 6pm on Thursday June 22.

May 19 - June 23

The Framing co. incorporating 3rd I Gallery, 95 Waterkant Street, Cape Town (corner Buitengracht & Waterkant)

Tel: (021) 425-2266

Brett Murray

Brett Murray
'I love Africa' opens May 16

Brett Murray loves Africa

Never one to give a stuff for political correctness, Brett Murray marshals a new series of characters for his show 'I love Africa', which opens at the Brendon Bell-Roberts Gallery on May 16. White artists trading on guilt and black artists who exhibit shacks as art are only two of Murray's targets. The metal cutout Zulu warriors of yesteryears now sport a section of Marge Simpson's head and fabulous beehive hairdo on their shields, and Bart himself pops ups everywhere in a state of expectant arousal, linked to just about every dubious figure on the current South African scene.

The exhibition has been planned to coincide with the unveiling of the commission-winning public sculpture that almost didn't happen, so afraid was the Cape Town City Council that it would cause offence to certain religious sensibilities (check the ArtThrob archives). Entitled Africa, the sculpture is a large scale figure of a West African souvenir figure cast in bronze. Brilliant yellow Bart Simpson heads erupt from its limbs - the tourist trash of one continent being subsumed by the popular culture of another. The unveiling, by Cape Town's director of tourism Sheryl Ozinsky. will take place on St George's Mall on Friday, May 26 at 1 p.m.

The exhibition opens Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

See Reviews

Brendon Bell-Roberts Fine Art Gallery, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town

Tel: 422-1101
Fax: 423-3135

Leigh - Ann Matthews

Leigh - Ann Matthews
Oil on Canvas

Leigh - Ann Matthews at Bang the Gallery

After obtaining her BA in Fine Art in 1996, majoring in painting and ceramics, Leigh-Ann Matthews travelled for three years, visiting the USA, Mexico and settling in England for two-and-a-half years. She has now returned to Cape Town and is currently teaching at Rustenberg Girl's High School. This will be Matthews' first solo exhibition. The surreal atmosphere in her work, created either by solitary objects or the confrontation of different objects, evokes primarily a feeling of nostalgia. This is expressed in the title of the show -'Like a fish out of water'. A subdued, earthy palette complements this wistful feeling. Images act as metaphors and Matthews attempts to capture unexpected emotions with her juxtapositions and compositions.

Monday May 8 - June 2

Bang the Gallery, 92 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8001

Tel/Fax: 422-1477

Michaelis Lecture Series

This week's lecture is to be given by Thembinkosi Goniwe. Goniwe graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art where he has been teaching since 1998. Before studying at UCT, he attended part-time classes at Nyanga Community Art Centre and Community Arts Project in Cape Town. He also taught at Community Arts Project and facilitated numerous childrens' and youth workshops in printmaking, drawing and mural painting. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally, and he has travelled abroad on a number of occasions to participate in exhibitions, workshops and conferences.

Goniwe will give a lecture on his own work which concerns aspects of ritual practice in Xhosa culture with reference to contemporary culture and other related issues.

Wednesday, May 10, 1 - 2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor Michaelis Building, 31 - 37 Orange Street, Hiddingh Campus, Gardens

For more info e-mail:

Godfrey Setti

Godfrey Setti
Getting Ready II 2000
Oil on canvas

New shows at the AVA

Two new shows open on Monday May 8. In the main space, Karin Lijnes presents a show of recent and earlier work entitled 'Not a uni verse'. Working in a large variety of media including paint, embroidered cloth and found materials, she says of her work- "I see the works as visual texts, resonating with ideas and practices of recycling, collaboration, time/ energy, synchronicity, layering of meaning and the idea that there is no one single way of reading or defining what we know." In the other space, Godfrey Setti holds a one-person show.

Monday May 8 - Saturday May 27.

See Reviews

AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town

Tel: 424-7436
Fax: 423-2637
Email: Website:

Michaelis Lecture Series

'Trading Images: Contemporary Art Curatorship' is the title of the lecture to be given, this week, by Isabel Carlos. Carlos has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Coimbra and a Masters degree in Social Communication from the University of Lisbon. She has been an art critic since 1991 for a number of Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian publications as well as Portuguese correspondant for Flash Art International. From 1992- 94 she was Head advisor and co-ordinator of a programme of 21 exhibitions in Lisboa 94, Cultural Capital of Europe. She has curated and co-ordinated a number of international exhibitions which have included shows by James Turrell, Cathy de Monchaux, Angela Ferreira, Bill Viola, Gavin Younge and Fernando Alvim, as well as a number of shows of contemporary Portuguese art in Spain, Germany, India and Brazil. She wrote 'Helena Almeida' (Electa, 1997), and has also written and edited several catalogues. Carlos has been deputy-director of the Contemporary Art Institute of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture since 1996.

Wednesday May 3, 1- 2.15pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, 1st floor Michaelis Building, Hiddingh campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town

Email:Carmine Perez

Ashraf Jamal

Ashraf Jamal

BLAC Seminar Series

The third session of the Black Arts Collective (BLAC) Seminar Series will look at Art in Contemporary Culture. Speakers Gabeba Baderoon, Shaheen Ariefdien and Ashraf Jamal will cover topics ranging from black sexuality to Hip-Hop.

May 2, 5.30 - 7pm

Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Road,Gardens, Cape Town

Tel/ fax: 465-4996

Greatmore Studios

View of the Greatmore Studios

Cycle of Fives at Greatmore Studios

A collaborative installation by South African Greatmore resident Garth Erasmus and Scottish artist Susan Leask, entitled Cycle of Fives, is on show at the studios from April 20.

April 20 onwards (closed 25,26,28 April & public holidays)

Greatmore Studios, 47 - 49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town

Tel/ fax: 447-9699

Cecil Skotnes

Cecil Skotnes
Painting on incised panel

'Crossing the Divide': The influence of the Polly Street and Rorke's Drift Art Centres on South African Art.

This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection of the SA National Gallery, shows the work of artists who studied at two art centres which have proven to be of great influence on the course of black South African art. The artworks on show will illustrate the many differences between the art centres and focus on work produced during the early years of their existence. Basic differences arise from the fact that Rorke's Drift (formally known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre) in KwaZulu/Natal was rural and more African in context, while Polly Street, situated in downtown Johannesburg, was urban and more Eurocentric in its approach. Other differences were more circumstantial- At Rorke's Drift, women played a central role, while Polly Street was dominated by male artists. Rorke's Drift also had a more diverse cultural influence through its Swedish and American teachers. The exhibition illustrates the different cultures of these art centres and their students' responses to the changing conditions of black experience, with the increase in Christian influence and pressure from a white-controlled economy. The theme of the show is designed to accommodate a specific section of the matric art syllabus and provide access to original artworks for teachers and students.

Artists whose work features on the exhibition include John Muafangejo, Cecil Skotnes, Durant Sihlali, and Azaria and Gordon Mbatha.

The show runs until August 6. For more information contact Zola Mtshiza at (021) 465 1628

Natale Labia Museum, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg.

Tel: (021) 788-4106/7
Fax: (021) 788- 3908


Exhibition of the Private Collection of Louis and Charlotte Schachat

A large portion of this collection has never been publicly exhibited, and this fact is what has motivated Louis and Charlotte Schachat to share a selection from their private collection, comprising approximately 100 works, with other art lovers. This collection was started in the early 1960s, shortly after Louis and Charlotte were married and Louis had established himself as an attorney in Cape Town. They were inspired to start their collection by a shared interest in contemporary South African art, regular visits to local exhibitions, personal visits to artists' studios and the encouragement of other collectors including Jean and Himie Bernadt and gallery directors Joe Wolpe, Linda Givon and Everard Read. The Schachats slowly developed their personal preferences and empirical knowledge which was to shape their growing collection. From the very beginning they began to purchase the works of both established artists and younger, mostly Cape-based, artists. The collection came to include works by, for example, Irma Stern, Pranas Domsaitis, Lippy Lipshitz, Cecil Higgs and Jean Welz and others such as Stanley Pinker, Paul du Toit, Helmut Starcke and Bill Davis. By the 1970s works by painters and sculptors from the north, such as Robert Hodgins, Christo Coetzee, Karel Nel, Helen Sebidi and William Kentridge, also began to feature in their collection.

This exhibition also provides an occasion for the University to express gratitude to Louis and Charlotte Schachat for their regular donations of works of art to the University Museum since 1992. Each one of these acquisitions was necessary and each one is important because in each instance the donation satisfied a particular requirement of the University's own collection.

May 31 - July 2

Sasol Art Museum of the University of Stellenbosch (Ryneveld Street)

Tel: (021)808-3524

Philani Project

Invitation to the Philani Projects exhibition


Fabrics and Paper works from the Philani Projects on show at The A.R.T. Gallery

The inventive and colour loving women of the Philani Flagship Printing and Weaving Projects are showing textiles, woven and paper works around the theme of 'Women' at the A.R.T. Gallery, housed in an old wine cellar in Paarl. The Project workshops are situated in Khayelitsha, and visitors around the world come there to select from the wide selection of objects for the home - this is an opportunity for Paarl area residents to take a look.

Until May 31.

The A.R.T. Gallery
Parys Farm
Jan van Riebeeck Drive (R301)

Phone: (021) 872 7514

Gallery hours: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dinkies Sithole

Dinkies Sithole


Dinkies Sithole at the Bill Ainslie Gallery.

Multi-talented visual artist, dance performer, poet and musician Dinkies Sithole follows his 1998 debut solo show with 'Leaving Room for the Eye to Discover II', an exhibition that continues his explorations into what he considers the indivisible connections between (spiritual) creation and creativity. His approach is holistic in his response to his natural environment and how this finds its way into paintings executed in watercolour, Worcester sauce and linseed oil on Fabriano paper. Sithole prefers to work outdoors, and the fluid, abstract images are as much products of his experimentation with painting media as relinquishing the process to environmental factors like wind,

May 24 - June 22

Bill Ainslie Gallery
6 Eastworld Way
Tel: (011) 4867658/9
Fax: (011) 4863194

Randolph Hartzenberg

Randolph Hartzenberg
Still from video installation

'Kwere Kwere / Journeys into Strangeness' at the Wits Gertrude Posel

Having already enjoyed a run at the Cape Town Castle, 'Kwere Kwere' moves into the GPG at Wits University. It is an exhibition of real public importance, and an academic space like the GPG would seem to distance it somewhat from the streets and borderposts of its origins. Dealing with the difficult and complex territory of forced migrations, refugees, criminalisation, discrimination and defiance, curator Rory Bester has involved 24 projects from artists working in diverse media, including Berni Searle, Randolph Hartzenberg, Ernest Cole, Henion Han, Zola Maseko, Gideon Mendel, Malcolm Payne, Jo Ractliffe, and Penny Siopis.

The exhibition will be opened by Jenny Parsley (Co-ordinator, Roll Back Xenophobia Campaign) at 5.30 p.m. for 6 p.m.

May 16 - June 22

Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10a, to 4pm
Tel:(011) 716-3632

Market Theatre

'This is not how it (usually) is' opened May 14

'This is not how it (usually) is' at the Market Theatre Galleries

Two students and two lecturers from the Umea Academy of Fine Arts and Bildmuseet, Sweden, here on an exchange program with Wits University, present works and various works in progress in a variety of media from video to installation and documented performance. MalinMatilda Allberg explores balance and Knutte Wester is searching for our local equivalent to the Swedish Snowman, the tokoloshe. Cecilia Parsberg, whose performance The world's smallest bible thrown in the biggest man made hole comprised her tossing a replica of the said smallest bible, with an attached piece of gold, into Kimberley's big hole, is documented on video. Gota Svensson's North Cape Good Hope explores human connections across the horizon, with two bronze plaques of cast footprints being installed in two geographical locations along the same time line - in North Cape, Norway and the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town.

May 14 - 27

Market Theatre Galleries, First floor, Market Theatre complex, corner Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown
Tel: (011) 832-1641

Merryn Singer

Merryn Singer
BloodJune/July 1997
Each page approx. 10 x 15 cm

'Bottled at Source" at the Johannesburg Civic

Part of the year-long Standard Bank Watercolour Festival 2000, 'Bottled at Source' breaks further away from the traditional watercolour mould and presents radical work in the medium by young contemporary artists. Merryn Singer takes the lethal landscape of Vlakplaas and paints it in blood and Monica Madeira turns the intimate landscape of cell and DNA structures into macroscopic fields. Other artists include Joni Brenner, Stefan Erasmus, Thomasin Dewhurst, Flip Hattingh, Michelle Kriek, Taryn Millar and Robyn Sassen.

Call the gallery on 403-3408 to book tours and workshops. The exhibition will be opened at 6 p.m. on May 17 by Prof. Alan Crump.

May 17 - June 28

JHB Civic Gallery, Civic Theatre, Loveday Street, Braamfontein
Tel: (011) 403-3408
Fax: (011) 403-3412

Robert Hodgins

New paintings by Robert Hodgins at the Goodman Gallery.

Robert Hodgins at the Goodman

Robert Hodgins turns 80 this year and this exhibition of new works celebrates our greatest (and oldest) contemporary painter. It's hard to believe that Hodgins, an FNB Vita art award nominee last year, still approaches his production with such vitality and passion. He is a national treasure and this show should not be missed.

See Reviews

May 13 - June 3

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113

Sam Nhlengethwa

Sam Nhlengethwa
Staircase 1998
Collage and oil on canvas

Sam Nhlengethwa is artist-in-residence at MTN

For ten days, Sam Nhlengethwa will be the artist-in-residence at the MTN head office at 3 Alice Lane, Sandton (note different address to MTN Art Institute). He will available for personal meetings and will also be running a series of workshops. To capitalise on this unique opportunity to engage with one of South Africa's best-loved artists at work, call Eloise Knoetze on 083 222 1609 or email You can also use this chance to see one of the country's finest corporate collections of contemporary South African art.

May 9 - 19

The MTN Art Institute
15 Alice Lane
Tel: (011) 301-8124
Fax: (011) 301-6420

'Transforming Realities' at the Gencor gallery, RAU.

Amalie von Maltitz, Hermine Spies and Annette Dannhauser present a collection of mixed media, painting and sculptural installation works at this rather austere space. Von Maltitz presents work inspired by her parallel experiences as artist/ academic/ pilot/ safari guide; Spies gives us paintings exploring her intimate perceptions of space; and Dannhauser explores the history and projected future of the Afrikaner nation and culture through edible sculpture, rusted refrigerators and Voortrekker 'kappies' fashioned from plastic shopping bags.

May 10 - 31

Gencor Gallery, Rand Afrikaans Unversity, C Ring, cnr Kingsway & University Road, Auckland Park
Tel: (011) 489 2099
Hours : Monday - Friday 0900-1800; Saturday 0900-1300

Alastair Maclachlan

Alastair Maclachlan's admission invitation tickets to Matchstix

'Matchstix: Artist's collection and other B-sides' by Alastair Mclachlan at the Graphiti Gallery

If the title isn't enough to get you, the intriguing sub-title goes "a mixed-match-media collection of rose-tinted memories, the living dead and the speechless bubbles". The exhibition is an eclectic collection of spontaneous mixed media works, objects that carry the weight of memory, and images inspired by drive-in culture, fireworks and the belief, according to the artist, in the "little people". This is not your ordinary art exhibition, so expect the proverbial unexpected. Preview: May 13.

May 14 - June 5.

Alastair Mclachlan can be contacted on 083 294 2704 or by email at

The Graphiti Gallery
78 4th Avenue Melville
Tel:(011) 726 6058/9

Gallery hours:
Monday - Friday : 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.; Saturday : 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Installation view


Southern African Passport - cover design for the second edition of co@rtnews.

Hans Bogatzke Collection officially opens Camouflage

Tongues have been wagging for a while, with the typical 'is it happening -isn't it?' attitude that presages something big. And big this truly is. Clive Kellner and Fernando Alvim established the CCASA (Centre for Contemporary Art of Southern Africa) last year - the first organisation of its kind on the African continent. The multi-faceted body is represented by two art spaces called Camouflage, one in Brussels, which opened in November last year and is run by Alvim, and one in Johannesburg, run by Kellner and a small staff. It comprises an exhibition space (GALLERY), an artists' residency programme (AREA), a publishing division (COARTNEWS) and a video archive and production facility, dubbed AUTOPSIA. The defining rubrics of the two spaces are similarly grandiloquent - one must be careful to make the Camouflage distinction between Europa (a global Europe, which includes the U.K.) and Europe, and Southern vs. South Africa. Necessary and exciting this kind of defining language might be, but it also smacks of an academicism which might be off-putting to the much-needed punters. The space is informed by a distinct post-colonial heritage, with the connection between Europe and Africa a primary motivation behind the project. With its opening, we will at last be able to see work by some of our most internationally celebrated talent - work which does not receive nearly as much exposure here as it should.

Hans Bogatzke, German shoemaker and committed uber-collector of contemporary African art (one of the world's few), is also curator for one of the special exhibitions at DAK'ART 2000, selecting Kay Hassan to show in Dakar. The Camouflage exhibition is of selected works from his collection, curated by Kellner, that will open this stunning new space. Artists include Bili Bidjocka (Cameroon), Kendell Geers (SA), Kay Hassan (SA), Zwelethu Mthethwa (SA), N'dilo Mutima (Angola) and Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroon).

In the spirit of a true contemporary arts centre, Camouflage encourages visitors to stay a while, read a journal, watch a video and talk. And the gallery will be open all day on Sundays, too. Kellner definitely gets the award for strategic placement - Camouflage is situated on Jan Smuts Avenue in Rosebank, just across the street from the Goodman Gallery, entered into through an unmissable minimalist-chic white garage door. And there are even rumours of a Steve McQueen show heading this way. What excuse could you have for not paying a visit?

The opening is at 6.00 p.m. on May 2.

See Reviews

May 3 - June 10

Camouflage Art.Culture.Politics nucleus johannesburg africa

140 Jan Smuts Avenue
Tel: (011) 447 5461,br> Fax: (011) 447 0651
Website: (still under construction at time of writing)

Fiona Couldridge

Fiona Couldridge
Fragments: Octopus 2000
420 x 890 x 80 mm
mixed media

Staff of the Johannesburg Art Foundation at the Bill Ainslie Gallery

Members of staff of one of the most endeared art foundations in the country showcase their work in the Foundation's own gallery space. Artists include Johan Meyer (video and installation work), Verna Jooste (jewellery design), Fiona Couldridge (high-relief paintings exploring abject creatures and creepy-crawly phobias), Anthusa Sotiriades (abstract paintings) and Vince Helm (photography). The Foundation's director, Thabo Moeng, will also be showing work which he says aims to redefine the notion of race in South Africa as it pertains to the burgeoning black middle-class elite. The exhibition will be opened at 18h00 by Prof. Alan Crump.

May 4 - 18

6 Eastwold Way, Saxonwold
Tel: (011) 646 6197 or 486 1658/9
Fax: (011) 486 3194
Email :

Thomas Baines

Thomas Baines
The Falls from the West end of the chasm 1862

'Stained Paper' at Standard Bank Gallery

Probably the most significant exhibition of its kind in South Africa, 'Stained Paper' explores the medium of watercolour as it has been used to image South Africa from the 18th century through to contemporary postmodern practices. Curators Dr Keith Dietrich and Professor Karin Skawran have made a conscious attempt to locate all manner of water-based works across all genres, from landscape to still life and abstract works, as well as works by black artists not made public until now. The exhibition is as much an overview of water-based works as it is an exploration of the changing face of watercolour over three centuries.

April 18 - June 10

See Reviews

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4.30pm; Sat 9am - 1pm

Jurgen Schadeburg

Invitation for Jurgen Schadeburg's 'The Naked Face'

Jurgen Schadeberg's 'The Naked Face: People of Sandton Square' at the Sandton Civic Gallery

Following up on the popular success of 'Artichoke', the Sandton Civic Gallery presents another potential crowd pleaser: Jurgen Schadeberg's latest exhibition of rich black and white portraits, shot on site at Sandton Square. His subjects are the cosmopolitan shoppers, lunchers and general human traffic that populates the square day and night. Exhibiting alongside the photographic veteran are young students from Alexandra who have completed a beginners' course in photography. And Dolly Rathebe will perform at the opening - I wouldn't miss this one.

Opens April 13 at 6pm

Sandton Civic Gallery, corner Rivonia Road and West Street, JHB
Tel: (011) 881-6431


Oldrich Kulhanek at the Association of Arts, Pretoria.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Oldrich Kulhanek is a master draughtsman and printmaker, but if the formal qualities of his intricate etchings don't grab you, the account of his life thus far certainly should. Jailed for a month in 1971 by the Czechoslovak Secret Police for the crime of sedition (disgracing the representatives of Communist countries in his works) he was released, only to be harassed for a further two years. The prints in question were destined to be burned, but instead were stolen by a court official. Banned in his own country until fairly recently, but never losing contact with the European art scene, Kulhanek is, ironically, the designer of the banknotes for the new Czech Republic. He presents etchings with political and erotic impetus and prints produced to illustrate poetry and literary texts.

May 29 - June 8

Association of Arts, Pretoria 173 Mackie Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk

Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Sundays and Mondays closed

Chris Diedericks

Invitation featuring The Temptation of St Christian I & II
pastel and conte
510 x 320 mm each

Chris Diedericks presents 'Br(other)' at the Millennium

Deconstructed words as titles of exhibitions seem to be making an ominous comeback. Diedericks' emphasis in this show of mixed media works, etchings and linocuts is certainly on the 'fragmented self' and the attempt to reclaim identity from a biased writing of history. His trademark 'look-at-me', passive figures, intense colour and bold graphic work are all here. Vibrant his work may be, but his quasi-religious homoerotica is becoming a bit formulaic.

The exhibition opens at 7.00 p.m. on May 12

May 12 - 28

The Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof,
Tel: (012) 46-8217

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith
Detail from ID/Inventory
installation of 8" x 10 " silver prints in handmade books

'Art and the Body' exhibition and forum at UNISA

A group exhibition, which supports an aspect of the fine arts/art history course at the university, shows work by students, professional artists and selected pieces from the Unisa Art Gallery collection around the theme of 'Art and the Body'. In addition to the show, a discussion forum is scheduled for May 16 where artists and academics will address issues around representation and the focus on the body in late 20th-early 21st century fine arts practice. In this fraught arena, the show promises to explore issues of performance, abjection, masquerade, disability, fragmentation, depiction of children, 'othering', exoticism, power, control and identity. It's a tall order, and some of the selected works fall into a slippage between 'body' art and figurative representation, but work from Hentie van der Merwe, Merryn Singer and Kathryn Smith, amongst others, should counteract this. The show is definitely a turning point for an otherwise quite conservative space.

May 2 - June 30
Forum and official opening: May 16 at 7.00 p.m.

Unisa Main Campus, Theo Van Wyk Building, B Block, Gold Fields Entrance, 5th Floor
Tel: (012) 429 6255 / 6823
Fax: (012) 429 3221

Unisa Art Gallery, PO Box 392, Unisa 0003

Isabel le Roux

Invitation for Isabel le Roux's exhibition at the Arts Association, Pretoria

Isabel le Roux's 'Turning Point' at the Arts Association

Inspired by time spent in Paris over the millennium, Isabel le Roux presents paintings executed during a stay at the Cite Internationale des Arts. Expressive and vivid with a penchant for heavy impasto, the exhibition of paintings will be opened by Dr Kobus Neethling, who dubs himself a 'creativity expert'. Le Roux will give a walkabout of her work on May 6 at 11.00 a.m. and will speak about her time in Paris on May 8 at 6.30 p.m.

May 4 - May 18

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Sundays and Mondays closed

Paul Emmanuel

Paul Emmanuel
A work from 'Pages from Cathexis'

Paul Emmanuel's 'Pages from Cathexis' at the Open Window

'Cathexis' is a psychological term referring to the concentration of mental energy in one channel. In this exhibition, master printmaker Paul Emmanuel presents original etchings, lithographs and an installation of an artist's book in progress. His labour-intensive working method and attention to detail gives rise to luminous graphic work that is quiet, sophisticated and introspective. 'Pages from Cathexis' will be opened by Jo Ractliffe on Sunday April 30 at 6.00 p.m.

April 30 - May 27

See Reviews

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: 347-1740
Fax: 347-1710

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker
Invitation to his show opening June,4


Triple whammy: Wayne Barker shows new work, launches a monograph and announces a marriage

Opening at the NSA on June 4: 'Lost and Found' , a new body of work by Wayne Barker, consisting of large-scale paintings, drawings, a series of multiples as well as several multi-media installations. On the same occasion, Barker will launch his monograph and formally introduce his partner, Claire de Jong.

Barker, well known on the South African avant-garde/contemporary art scene, has been a maverick figure for many years. Besides numerous solo-exhibitions, locally and internationally, he is also known as a founder member of FIG (acronym for Famous International Gallery) in downtown Johannesburg. Barker has curated numerous exhibitions and is also an accomplished composer and piano recitalist notorious for his composition African Woven Baskets which he performs in the nude covered in chocolate which an assistant licks away. Always active Barker's current projects include a live broadcast, six part soap-opera about love in a virtual environment produced with Channel 4 in the UK and the re-opening of FIG in London soon.

The exhibition at the NSA Gallery is an investigation into new media and the 'new people' that it breeds in the world. It is an exploration of personal losses, but also new gains. Barker states "the show is about Life, Art, Love and Loss...a celebration of real people that have been a pivotal part of my life". One of those 'pivotal people', Claire de Jong, Barker's partner,will also be formally introduced at the opening and, as part of the event, the artist is expected to announce his marriage. During the opening the gallery will also launch a monograph on the life and work of Wayne Baker. This is the first in a series of monographs on South African Artists initiated and produced and funded by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), in collaboration with the MTN Art Institute and the Arts Council of Switzerland (see News)

The whole affair promises to be quite an event.

Opening on Sunday, June 4, at 4p.m. Closes June 22.

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Steve Hilton Barber

Steve Hilton Barber
Colour photograph

Steve Hilton Barber: 'The Maputo Corridor Photographic Exhibition: The Pop-Edit'

If one missed this show at the Durban Art Gallery at Red Eye and are not one of the estimated half a million people to have seen it elsewhere, this is a yet another chance to see South African photographer Steve Hilton-Barber's major work on the Maputo Development Corridor. Commissioned by the Maputo Corridor Company Hilton-Barber has produced a contemporary document on the people and communities that live and work on the corridor, a region historically shaped by colonialism, apartheid, war and struggle. This version at the NSA is a popular edit of the larger 250 image show.

Opening on Sunday, June 4, at 4p.m. Closes June 22.

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Red Eye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery

This month's Red Eye @rt focuses on the Durban Designer Competition (DDC) with a fashion installation that gives a taste of what's in store for fashion pundits at the Gateway Shoppertainment World DDC show. The focus on Durban continues with the lesser known areas of its CBD the subject of freelance photographer, France Mncube's photographic exhibition whilst Bongani Jiyane and Lucky Khumalo from the Street Children's Forum will be reading their poetry. From out of town one of South Africa's best known artists Wayne Barker,who is the subject of a new monograph which will be available at Red Eye @rt, will be collaborating with Claire de Jong in a performance piece called Lost and Found. There will also be a preview of a contemporary play by Mad Cow Productions - Boxes and Bikinis featuring the popular Butt photo booth. Stimulation for the ears will be provided by South African bands, Halcyon and Sarongas whilst on a more international note French artist, Philippe Monvaillier will be presenting an interactive installation consisting of a concert of sounds and computer generated images driven by musical instruments.

RED EYE @RT /DDC SPECIAL: Red Eye @rt in conjunction with the DDC is offering a special price ticket to attend both these events on Friday 2nd June. The price of the ticket (R45) will include entrance to the Red Eye @rt function after which ticket holders will be transported by a special bus from the City Hall to the Gateway Centre in Umhlanga and back to the City Hall. This ticket also includes free entry to the DDC After party at Limbo Lounge on Saturday 3rd June. Tickets available at Computicket.

June 2 , between 6 and 8 p.m.

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 09:00 to 12:00

Herve Di Rosa

Herve Di Rosa

Herve Di Rosa

Herve Di Rosa

Dirozoulou - Wire Basket art at the Bat Centre

Eighteen months ago, French artist Herve Di Rosa arrived at the Bat Centre to begin the 'Dirozolou' adventure. Durban has been the eighth stop on his 'Around the World' art journey. On it, he has completed a series of art works made in collaboration with indigenous artists and craftspeople from countries as diverse as Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cuba, Vietnam and Mexico.

Working with telephone wire weavers, Elliot Ndwandwe, Alice Gcaba, Zodwa Maphumulo, Vincent Sitole and Simon Mavundla from Siyanda informal settlement outside Durban, the collaboration has pushed the boundaries of telephone wire art from the geometric designs previously executed to free-form images derived from a variety of sources . Large, visually exciting and contemporary the works combine local and traditional design with an international iconography. A unique cross-cultural hybrid has been formed.

The project has been co-ordinated by Marisa Fick-Jordaan and the Bat Shop in association with the French Institute of South Africa and the Association Francaise d'Action Artistique/Ministry of French Foreign Affairs. After the Bat Centre the exhibition will travel to the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and then on to Paris.

29 May - 26 June 2000

Menzi Mcunu Gallery
BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451

Celia de Villiers

Celia de Villiers
'Between Text and Texture' opens May 14

Joan Abrahams

Joan Abrahams
'Africa my Africa'opens May 14

Three new shows at the NSA

'Between Text and Texture'- Celia de Villiers and Mandy Conidaris

The domestic experience of women traverses the art of both Celia de Villiers and Mandy Conidaris. De Villiers explores the links between sexual politics and fetishism whilst Conidaris is concerned with the existential angst of the suburban woman in Gauteng. Both deal with concepts surrounding the contemporary South African woman's means of coping with domestic life; repetitive rituals, daily routines of self-preservation within the home, mark the passing of time often only endured by the use of mood-altering drugs. Visually, despite their emphasis on fibre as a medium, they diverge dramatically. De Villiers' fibre sculptures, richly coloured, shaped and textured, loaded with meaning without being overt, have a sense of the organic. Conidaris' wall pieces and folded towels, by contrast are severe and minimal, yet speak of everyday living.

"Africa my Africa" - Joan Abrahams

Abrahams' evocative mixed media colour drawings and paintings on paper draw their inspiration from the South African landscape, symbols and people. Reminiscent of illustrations, these works reflect a celebration of the countries cultural diversity. The artist layers each image with light colour washes, creating textures and surfaces that are broken by strong figurative line drawings. Symbols ranging from masks, turtles and geckos appear in the paintings, always hovering on the edges of the works.

Solo Exhibition - Marcella de Boom

Marcella de Boom, living and working in Cullinan, Gauteng, will be exhibiting acrylic paintings and smaller scale watercolours. These colour-full works at first seems to take their cue from well known mythology, but on closer scrutiny reveal a more subjective approach to invented fantasy narratives.

All shows, May 14 - June 1

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001
Tel/ fax: +27-31-202-2293

RedEye @rt

Celebrants at a Red Eye event at the Durban Art Gallery
Photo: Steve Hilton-Barber

RedEye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery turns two.

It's Red Eye @rt's second birthday. Much music, ululating and gumboot dancing on the stairs of Durban' s City Hall will celebrate the anniversary of this monthly multicultural bash which set off the trend across the country of other like-minded events. A live internet connection with Cape Town's 'Soft Serve' will swing into action on the night to embrace such symbiosis.

It starts at 6pm sharp with Indian Kathak dance by Varska Sharma of the Nateshwar Dance Academy and is followed by a programme of music which moves the rhythm with 'Ghetto Luv', three 'gorgeous R & B groove queens with a whole lot of attitude, from Joburg 'Ashaan', with 'E'smile' on backing vocals to launch their new album, S.A.'s top hip-hop DJ 'Ready D' and Durban's '3SM'.

Stand-up comedy with the perennially funny couple Patrick and Shannon Kenny with their tongue-twisting 'Cunning Linguist' sets will jolt your mind whilst fashion flair hits the ramp with a DDC installation by Thokazani 'Fashion by Freedom'. Suzi Bell, the driving force behind Red Eye @rt, produces, via her alter-ego Suzy Lightning, 'Death and Fashion' a decoding of her affair with the art of dressing up and to jog memories a retrospective photographic exhibition of previous Red Eye @rt sessions by Liana Turner and Steve Hilton-Barber will grace the walls.

The celebrity guest of the evening is Busi Mhlongo who graces this years 'Independent on Saturday Durban Designer Competition' fashion poster. So that all your senses will be engaged try 'Sean's Sushi'; an edible art installation will titillate your tongue or the massive birthday cake baked by 'Christina Martin's School of Food and Wine'. The Gearhouse light show in the circular gallery will dazzle your eyes as will the flames of the Roots and Wings Fire Performers.

Free Absolute Vodka cocktails to the first 800 through the door - it promises to be a great party.

May 5, 2000 at 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall,
Tel: 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 09:00 to 12:00

Wilna Cruise

An image from 'Manuscripts' by Wilma Cruise

'Manuscript Exhibition'

Also at the NSA for one week will be the 'Manuscript Exhibition', curated by Anna Varney and produced by Botsotso Publishing following a very successful run at Carfax, Johannesburg and the Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg. Varney selected various works by artists and writers that blur the lines between books (manuscripts) and sculptural objects. The exhibition also investigates the relationship between text/narrative and image. Various interpretation are given to this theme, and range from works that look like books to others that break from any conventional sense of what we perceive a book or manuscript might be. Artists on the exhibition include Alistair McLachlan, Jenny Stadler, Willem Boshoff and Wilma Cruise.

Anna Varney and Allan Kolski Horwitz will conduct a two day workshop on manuscript making and poetry performance starting at 10 a.m.on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at the NSA Gallery. The workshop will cost R100 for two days. Participants need to bring three of their own poems to the workshop.

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001
Tel/ fax: +27-31-202-2293

Andries Botha

Andries Botha
White Skin Blue 1998
(detail of simulated skin)

Andries Botha

Andries Botha
'Home' interior 1997
lead sheets on steel walls

'divine' - a one-week installation by Andries Botha and Greg Streak

In a break with tradition, the NSA Gallery will present a one-week only exhibition by Andries Botha and Greg Streak. There will be no opening, and interested members of the public should make sure not to miss this rare opportunity to acquaint themselves with the work of two powerful artists whose work is more often seen internationally than locally.

Botha is one of four South African artists selected for the Dakar Biennale (DAK/ART 2000) which takes place next month, and is the featured artist in ArtThrob's artbio this month. On 'divine', Botha will exhibit two recent works titled "White Skin - Blue (Page One)" and "Pages from the TRC". The latter consist of aluminum sheets covered in lead and inscribed through a "branding" or etching process with text culled from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. "White Skin - Blue (Page One)" is a series of pieces made of latex and cotton paper, resembling skin; once again branded with markings reminiscent of tattoos or a scarification process. Both these installations evoke the subjectivity ofb the artist within a context of flux, mediation and change. Botha states that "for the last three years I have been interested in the archival process; rendering contemporary facts that become emotional signifiers that adjust my place in the South African landscape".

The NSA Gallery hosted Greg Streak's first solo exhibition in 1996. Since then he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa and Europe including "Video Views" at the South African National Gallery; "The Mind on Scale: The Lava Edge" at the Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam and "Semi Detached" in Toadsmoor Mill, Stroud, UK. In 1997 and 1998 Streak was resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He is currently living and working in Durban, South Africa.

Streak's video-based work on the exhibition consists of a triptych projection containing three distinct pieces; each incorporating liquid and one of the primary colours. These meditative pieces become metaphors for transition, introspection and uncertainty. Streak states that "I am interested simultaneously in aggression and introspection, bright light and dark shadows, muted tones and dreams, symmetry and chaos. I do not believe in truths" as this would imply something finite and "truths vary from situation to situation and are usually enforced by one position of power. I vacillate between the emotional extremes of disillusionment and faith, of irrationality and coherence and it is therefore difficult to categorize the work absolutely."

28 April - 5 May 2000

For more information please contact Storm Janse van Rensburg

NSA Gallery
166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001
Tel/ fax: +27-31-202-2293

Lambert Moraloki

Lambert Moraloki

'UNDER COVER' Revelations and Editions - an intercultural collaborative installation project

'Under cover' is a project utilising the umbrella as its embracing motif. Historically the umbrella has been a tool for protection and cover, but in African, Oriental and Latin-American countries it has also been used as an important ceremonial object which conveys authority and status. On a more structural level the shape of the umbrella is suggestive of the global sphere, kites, domes, trees, shelters and arches. In this exhibition the obvious material function of the umbrella is re-interpreted and transformed to communicate a range of cross-cultural interpretations. Drawing on artists from the UK (Maureen Bell), Greece (Ioannis Lassithiotakis), Peru (Luis Arias Vera), Indonesia (Ivan Sagito), Zimbabwe (Voti Thebe)and South Africa (Brigitte Hertell, Anthony Makou, Rudolph Tshie, Lambert Moraloki and Moses Mohoroe) the exhibition reflects a wide cultural diversity and the umbrella, as an emblem, unifies and unites. The project was conceived and co-ordinated by Lambert Moraloki and Brigitte Hertell and has been travelling South Africa since 1998.

Until May 25

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451

Angela Buckland

Angela Buckland

New at The Barber Shop

With the demise of the Durban Photography Centre at the NSA (due to lack of funding) resourceful Durban photographers are resorting to alternative venues to show their work. Teaming up with The Barber Shop, another innovative enterprise where you can get your hair trimmed watching TV and drinking cappuccino, some of Durban's top photographers have given the public a teaser. Tightly selected, stylishly presented, the work of Angela Buckland, Brigitta Gaylard, Lance Slabbert, Mark Lanning, Renelle Rampersad and Sally Chance gives the public a chance to view contemporary photographers from the comfort of the barber's chair.

Until end of May

The Barber Shop, 446 Windermere Rd, Morningside, Durban
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders
The Hero 1994
Jakaranda wood, leather, enamel and oil paint


Travelling shows move on

Two travelling shows involving South African artists open in different parts of the world this month. 'Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa', curated by Frank Herremans of the Museum for African Art in New York which opened there last September, has now moved to the Austin Museum of Art in Texas, under the curatorship of Dana Friis-Hansen. The exhibition, which drew a strong review from the New York Times when it opened, embraces two generations of South African artists, from Paul Stopforth and David Koloane to Claudette Schreuders and Richman Buthelezi. During its run at the Austin Museum of Art, visitors will direct questions to some of the participating artists by email, thus setting up a dialogue. Tumelo Mosaka's review of the New York showing can be found in the ArtThrob archives, and the museum site can be visited at

May 13 to August 13.

Austin Museum of Art
Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas

On the other side of the world, in Melbourne Australia, 'The New Republics' opened at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art on May 3. This show was curated by Sunil Gupta and Edward Ward of the OVA in London, and involved artists from the old British colonies, South Africa, Australia and Canada. The curatorial idea was that artists should reflect on the effect on those countries of the heritage of the British Empire. At its first showing in London's Canada House, in March 1999, the title of the show had to be changed to 'New Worlds' to protect the delicate sensibilities of the Canadian ambassador, who argued that Canada was not a republic. Moving to Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, the show resumed its orginal title. South African artists on the show are Brett Murray, Moshekwa Langa, Sue Williamson, Willie Bester and Clive van den Berg. Some felt that the show lacked curatorial rigour, but Jennifer Law's review for ArtThrob gave a kinder picture and can be found in the archives under the 'New Worlds' title.

May 3 to June 4.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA),Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia

Salah Hassan

Salah Hassan
Cover to the brochure accompaning the exhibition

'Insertion: Self and Other'

In the small non-profit exhibition space of Apex Art in New York, a gallery which despite its size hosts some of the more interesting offerings in the city, a show curated by Salah Hassan, 'Insertion: Self and Other' is currently on view. "This exhibition features the work of four contemporary African artists who use their own bodies in the execution of their work, or inscribe their own bodies into its final configuration," reads a curatorial statement. The work examines identity and the objectification of the non-White person in Western culture is addressed.

The participating artists are South African Berni Searle, announced as a winner at Dak/Art 2000 this past weekend, Hassan Musa (Sudan/France), Zineb Sedira (Algeria/France) and Olu Oguibe (Nigeria/USA). The gallery hosts an excellent website at, in which more details about the individual artists and their work can be read.

April 18 - May 20

Apex Art
291 Church Street
New York 10013


Abrie Fourie

Abrie Fourie
Waymark 1999

'Marcas Intimas Memorias' in Belgium

'The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living' reads the text on the cover of Marcas News Europe 4, the magazine produced in conjunction with the current manifestation of 'Marcas Intimas Memorias' at the Museum for Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, which opened on February 5, and closes this week. The statement is heavy, but so is the subject of this often profound exhibition, reflecting as it does on the horrors and the legacy of war.

'Marcas Intimas Memorias' had its first showing at the Cape town Castle in August 1997, with three artists only, founder and initiator Fernando Alvim, of Angola, Gavin Younge of Cape Town and Carlos Garaicoa of Cuba. Since then, the exhibition has travelled to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Lisbon, and each time the exhibits have mutated and the number of participating artists has grown to, now 12, with South Africa represented by Colin Richards, Jan van der Merwe, Kendell Geers, Kay Hassan, Abrie Fourie, Minnette Vari, and Willem Boshoff.

Ends May 7

For more information about the history and future of 'Marcas Intimas Memorias', email

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium




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