CTAF 2015

Iziko South African National Gallery

A Nomad's Harvest

George Hallett
A Nomad's Harvest, Imam on the Achille Lauro ,

SEE LISTING Standard Bank Young Artist: The Purple Shall Govern

Mary Sibande
Standard Bank Young Artist: The Purple Shall Govern , Exhibition Invitation ,


Jared Thorne
Lindiwe, Photographic print ,


Ernest Cole
Untitled, silver gelatin print ,

SEE LISTING Square Rocks

Kader Attia
Square Rocks, Photograph ,
Courtesy Kader Attia and Christian Nagel Gallery (Berlin and Cologne)


Government Avenue, Company’s Gardens, Cape Town, 8000


Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00 | ENRANCE: Adults R 30.00; 6-18 years R 15.00; SA Students and pensioners R 15.00; Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) R 75.00; Under 5’s enter for free


George Hallett at Iziko South African National Gallery

Titled, 'George Hallett: A Nomad’s Harvest', the exhibition covers aspects of a career spanning more than half a century.  The works on show are from the collection of George Hallett and augmented by a comprehensive display of biographical information, as well as, book and record covers designed by Hallett.

Born in Cape Town in 1942, George Hallett started his career as a street photographer in District Six. Early in his career, he was faced with the pressure of dealing with willing and unwilling subjects, the need to produce work acceptable to the client and the demands of tight deadlines. Regardless of these challenges, he always sought to capture that essential moment which would convey the essence of his subject.

Hallett left apartheid South Africa and moved to London in 1970, living and working for varying periods of time in France, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and the United States. He led a nomadic existence, travelling widely and photographing in many countries and contexts. Included on this exhibition, amongst others, are recognisable images of Hout Bay, District Six, the Bo-Kaap, as well as immigrants and gypsies in London.  His series of portraits of exiled South African writers, artists and musicians in London and France are of special interest.

Throughout his career, Hallett has conveyed positive images of humanity. His work is invariably infused with the warmth of humanity - his vision untrammeled by fallacious concepts around race and colour. His intention to always 'photograph the beautiful things in life,’ atestament to an affirmation of the life-enhancing qualities he strives to convey and concentrate on in his work.

'Museums such as Iziko have a central role to play in connecting people.We are proud to be part of theconversation;as we celebrate 20 years of freedom, sharing the artistic heritage of our nation, and hosting this exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery' says Rooksana Omar, CEO, Iziko. 

Hallett returned to South Africa on a photographic assignment in 1995 and was recognised by the World Press Photo for his series of photographs of Nelson Mandela taken during the 1994 elections. Hallett decided to remain in South Africa. He was appointed the official photographer for the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997.

He continues to photograph and exhibit nationally and internationally. A number of books have been published on his work. These include 'Rhizomes of memory', 'District Six Revisited', 'Portraits of African Writer' and 'Richard Rive: A Partial Biography'.

Iziko Museums of South Africa extends its appreciation to Mr Hallett for his unstinting support and co-operation in realising this exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Pam Warne, Curator of Photography and New Media, and Joe Dolby.

05 March 2014 - 09 July 2014

Mary Sibande at Iziko South African National Gallery

In her solo exhibition titled 'The Purple Shall Govern', Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 2013, Mary Sibande employs the human form as a vehicle through painting, photography and sculpture, to explore the construction of identity, particularly black women's identity, in a postcolonial South Africa.

Sibande draws inspiration from a specific event in the late 1980s, in which the police sprayed protestors with a water cannon laced with purple dye to enable them to identify and arrest anti-apartheid activists. This act motivated Mary’s interest in the roles that colour played in the history of this country. Colour remains a predominant factor in our social interactions and it continues to play a dominant role in our perceptions of one another as South Africans. In Sibande’s view it is like a monster that we are all too familiar with. On a personal level, this new work comes full circle as Sibande connects it back to her very first exhibition, where she displayed a figure - that represented her – in purple attire. 

'The Purple Shall Govern' presents the next chapter, in which Sibande speaks of her own aspirations, desires, fears and anxieties of being a woman. The concept of rebirth, where she refers to the idea of transitioning from the person you were before into a new or different idea of yourself – death and rebirth – is extensively explored. 

27 November 2013 - 15 January 2014

Jared Thorne at Iziko South African National Gallery

The Gordon Institute for Performing Arts (GIPCA), in association with the Michaelis Galleries and hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, presents the 2012 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Jared Thorne’s exhibition 'Black Folk'.

Thorne embarked on a transcontinental search for expressions of Black middle class culture. Seeking to challenge hegemonic, as well as self-imposed constructs of Black identity, his work centers on issues of race, class and gender and engages questions of authenticity, representation and history. He challenges viewers to redefine their conceptual understanding of modern Black culture. Thorne asks why so many Black Africans find the Mother City’s embrace suffocating instead of welcoming.

“Paramount in my work and research is how social class plays a significant role in defining how one witnesses ‘Blackness’,” comments Thorne. Through photography and audio interviews, he seeks to facilitate extensive visual and verbal dialogue on how identity is created in the global south, specifically in Cape Town. Combining large format film photographs alongside excerpts from various interviews, Thorne hopes to present a new vision of Black South Africans.

Jared Thorne grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College, a Postgraduate certificate from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He has worked as a journalist at CNN, where he was a member of an Emmy award-winning team in 2006. Thorne has served as a lecturer at Queens College, Columbia University, and currently teaches in Stellenbosch Academy's photography department.

The exhibition, the culmination of Thorne’s Fellowship at the University of Cape Town will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annex.

28 November 2012 - 19 January 2013

Ernest Cole at Iziko South African National Gallery

Ernest Cole believed passionately in his mission to tell the world, in photographs of unsurpassed strength and gravitas, what it meant to be black under apartheid. In order to publish his book, House of Bondage, Cole went into exile. Immediately after it was produced in 1967, his publication was banned here, and this major critique of apartheid is seldom seen in South Africa.

Tio fotografer, an association of Swedish photographers with whom Cole worked from 1969 to 1975 when he lived in Stockholm, received a collection of his prints, and these were later donated to the Hasselblad Foundation. Never before internationally exhibited, these extremely rare photographs are now to be seen publicly for the first time in a major exhibition. The Hasselblad Foundation chose South Africa as the first venue for this unique world tour in honour of Ernest Cole and his family.

25 February 2011 - 30 April 2011

Various Artists at Iziko South African National Gallery

'Borders': An exhibition from the Bamako Encounters 8th African Photographic Biennale

This will include a panel discussion with Mario Pissarra, Laurent Clavel, Zanele Muholi and Sean O'Toole on Friday 26th November 14:00 to 16:00. Contact Pam Warne to RSVP or for further details on 021 481 3956 or pwarne@iziko.org.za.

'Louis Khehla Maqubela: A Vigil of Departure': A Retrospective 1960 - 201

'Roger Ballen: Boarding House': Photography

The Boarding House is a three-story warehouse hidden among the gold mines of Johannesburg and inhabited by disenfranchised, impoverished families, fugitives and witch doctors. Lacking walls, many rooms are separated only by rugs, blankets, and metal sheets. In his visually complex tableaux, Ballen forgoes a strictly documentary approach and casts further doubt on their veracity, intervening to alter each room, and collaborating directly with the subject to create the sculptures and drawings that appear in the photographs.

'Imagining Beauty': Body Adornment including the work of Young South African Designers

Textiles and items of adornment from the gallery’s Permanent Collection are shown together with contemporary South African designers who have taken inspiration from our continent’s rich visual heritage and a legacy of innovation to create global fashion with a distinctive African signature. Included on the show are: Black Coffee, Craig Native, Darkie and others shown in Berlin last year, Michelle Kra, Boleved Beadwork, Andrew Putter.

Over a hundred works will be on display, including textiles; works on paper; video; paintings; sculpture; beadwork; headdresses; regalia; recycled fashion and body adornment created from found and precious materials.

'In Context': Contemporary South African and International Artists

In Context presents a diverse group of international and South African artists who share a rigorous commitment to the dynamics and tensions of place, in reference to the African continent and its varied and complex iterations, and to South Africa in particular. The works – wide-ranging, frequently provocative – engage with a number of pressing questions about space, context, and geography.

27 November 2010 - 27 January 2011