CTAF 2015

NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

Front / Back

David Svensson and Anna Nordquist Andersson
Front / Back, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Maboneng Maglite

David Svensson
Maboneng Maglite, Invitation ,


Lorenzo Nassimbeni
City Below, Invitation ,


Group Show
Gray, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Triumph Prosthetics for the People

Peter Mammes
Triumph Prosthetics for the People, Invitation ,


264 Fox Street City and Suburban Johannesburg


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Anna Nordquist Andersson and David Svensson at NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

Anna Nordquist Andersson

The Swedish artist and photographer Anna Nordquist Andersson has for many years been interested in the photograpic gaze and it ´s gender coding. In a seemingly simple but yet very inticate image study she deconstructs the prejudice of the male gaze. The concept of deconstruction is here for once completely in effect – it is exactly what Andersson does. Her method is to see through, elucidate and in various ways ask questions about underlying structures. In her latest work 'Black Chamber' she reuses photographs, media images and texts as readymades. Her starting point is the old ads and magazine pages from camera manufactures during the 60s and 70s such as Hasselblad, Nikon, Canon, Olympus and others. All ads are from the American magazine LIFE, famous for it`s photojounalism. What interested her when she started working with this material, was the clearly male language in the ads that unabashedly targeted at a male consumer. This is Canon's slogan: 'Finally, an SLR camera that even your wife can use'. Another example: 'Where man goes, there goes the Hasselblad'. Her method is a photogram, they are contact printed so that both sides are superimposed in a single image, which then resembles an x-ray. The work involves conceptual work on what's under the surface and thus shed light on important issues.

David Svensson

The Swedish artist David Svensson’s works range from the maximally expansive – public space, the city and our social relationships – to the minimal and contracted – the almost empty page of a book and the barely perceptible way a sheet of paper speaks to us.

'Absent Stories' is the title of David Svensson collages made out of blank pages from books from the 19th century and onwards. The pages, just like the books, have various formats and paper qualities. The blank pages that lead and follow texts in books, tinted by age, gently marked with pentimenti from inserted notes and clippings, are far from mute. The artist is interested in the stories they hold. The very life of the book is imprinted into these fragile pages. The book is the vehicle for transporting the story; the blank page is in fact not blank at all. The support for the story tells a story. Story is both noun and verb. As a verb, it means to decorate something with images of scenes.

15 February 2015 - 10 March 2015

David Svensson at NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

The Swedish artist David Svensson’s works range from the maximally expansive – public space, the city and our social relationships – to the minimal and contracted – the almost empty page of a book and the barely perceptible way a sheet of paper speaks to us.

Svensson has made a new outdoor urban light piece called Maboneng with large scale Maglite torches which is to be installed in The Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. Maboneng also translates as 'Place of Light' from Zulu, which is the most widely spoken language in South Africa. The Maglite refers to safety, brutality and violence as it is both a flashlight and a ready substitute for a baton. Security and police personnel often carry Maglite flashlights at night and in dark locations, with the beam that can disorient an attacker.

The urban light installation, 'Maboneng' will be activated on the evening of the 14th of February. It will be a temporary installation with a view to instigating questions and solutions regarding the long term solutions for lighting Maboneng in a unique and meaningful way..

David Svensson is currently a resident artist at the Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind Artist Residency program.

14 February 2015 - 14 February 2015

Lorenzo Nassimbeni at NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

'City Below' is an exhibition exploring and exposing the existing subterranean architecture of the city of Johannesburg. The exhibition will see the unveiling of an 'Invisible or Imagined City' represented in the form of a large mural.  The 'Invisible or Imagined City', is composed of a layering of subterranean spatial elements which host a narrative inspired by the writings of Italo Calvino. This narrative is an extension of that created at the Drawing on Origins Workshop hosted by the NIROX Foundation and GIfA (Gauteng Institute for Architecture) in 2012, curated by architects Elena Rocchi and Dieter Brandt. The workshop saw the creation of Nassimbeni's first Invisible or Imagined City, based upon the architecture of the caves of the Cradle of Humankind.

In City Below, Nassimbeni extends the lines representing the organic spaces below the surface of the Cradle of Humankind, to the subterranean treasures of the CBD of Johannesburg, in the creation of a second 'Invisible or Imagined City'. These treasures take the form of unused tunnels, decommissioned mine shafts, stormwater drainage networks and urban caves. One such treasure exists between the old Park Station in Braamfontein, and the former Post Office building in Rissik Street. In the past, the tunnel was used to transport mail from one space to the other.

Whilst the caves of the Cradle of Humankind are the site of significant recent paleontological discoveries, human relics contained by an organic architecture, it is interesting that some of the subterranean tunnels and stormwater networks of the Johannesburg CBD were inhabited in the past - modern humans in a constructed subterranean environment.

'City Below' offers an opportunity to view a representation of a part of the city of Johannesburg which, for many, is not visible in everyday life. Once the exhibition is over, the mural will be erased, and the City Below be returned to the imagination.

18 January 2015 - 08 February 2015

Various Artists at NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

The exhibition entitled 'Gray' uses what we all understand as two binary opposites, the ‘colours’ black and white to create two reference points for an exploration of the spaces in-between.

We all are aware of the symbolic value that the two ‘colours’ hold and have been holding in various cultures, a good example of these symbolic values can be seen in how western society uses black and white as symbols or a type of password where the two ‘colours’ are associated as follows, black with evil and white with good, as such the two ‘colours’ become a password. These passwords unlock the meaning that we all hold for these words.

The exhibition has asked a selection of artists to use Black and White as the two reference points to explore the spaces between, the gray, and what the artists understand these spaces to mean or what they become passwords for.

In this exhibition the gray areas between the two points of reference can be seen as an area of mediation, compromise and being unclear. It is this positioning within the gray area that selected artists explore.


Curated by Stephan Erasmus and Neil Nieuwoudt

19 November 2014 - 11 December 2014

Peter Mammes at NiROX PROJECTS at Arts on Main

Peter Mammes’ investigation of the fluid nature of civilization, the underlying nature of how events really were and how circumstances would probably be perpetuated regardless of what we were meant to learn from history.

An elaborate and purposeful creation of otherness through patterned compositions of drawings. A reassessment of the human race’s current condition by looking at the obscured and hidden objects that society has deemed grotesque and inappropriate, Peter Mammes’intent is to make the viewer question his or her assumptions and preconceived ideas.

Mammes is not stating an ultimate truth, he is only leading the viewer to question and discuss this age and societies particular assumptions and taboos. Mammes has worked on his distinctive style of drawing by collecting subject matter from strange and far away locations, he has also incorporated found objects like unwashed blankets and sheets from mental hospitals.

The drawings are simultaneously a critique and homage to dubious figures and sinister subjects that can be interpreted in multiple ways and has purposefully been illustrated in an unambiguous way.

26 October 2014 - 16 November 2014