ROOM Gallery/Projects


Various Artists
BETWEEN LABOUR & PRAYER, Invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Right of Admission

Farieda Nazier and Alberta Whittle
Right of Admission, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING A List for Remembering: A Catalogue of Curious Coincidences

Robyn Nesbitt
A List for Remembering: A Catalogue of Curious Coincidences, Exhibition Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Iconography of the Just

Peter Mammes
Iconography of the Just, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Sunday Morning

Ronel de Jager
Sunday Morning, Oil on board ,


Space # 3, 70 Juta Precinct Juta Street, cnr De Beer Str Braamfontein Johannesburg 2000


Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11h00 - 16h00 Saturday: 10h00 - 15h00


Simo Mpapa Majola, Billy Langa, Mapule Mohulatsi and Mandisa Ngalo at ROOM Gallery/Projects

Debuting at ROOM as an installation and performance based project, 'Between Labour and Prayer' is an interdisciplinary physical theatre collaboration between, Mpapa Simo Majola, Billy Langa, Mandisa Ngalo and Mapule Mohulatsi following on the trails, limitations, trials and triumphs of She’ and Nomdi, a weary female duo who work at an acorn farm where only woman are work hands for the new master: Mshengu Shabalala whom, behind his back is still called ‘Bass Kookemoer’.

The project is curated by Nyakallo Maleke as part of her internship at ROOM.
Opening Reception & Performance: 21 November  2014 from 18h30  
Walkabout: Wednesday, 26 November 2014, Part 1 from 12h00  and
Carpet Series Episode No. 6  : Part 2 from18h00
Closing Performance: Saturday, 29 November 2014 from 12h30

21 November 2014 - 29 November 2014

Alberta Whittle and Farieda Nazier at ROOM Gallery/Projects

In a series of performative actions the artists Farieda Nazier and Alberta Whittle will contest the visible and invisible boundaries in Johannesburg. Using the physicality of the body and its appearance as markers for access, identity, this performance functions as an intervention intended to challenge the 'accepted narrative, which insists on an economic and social hierarchy of pilgrimage and aspiration.'
Essentially, this narrative illustrates the extent of power and influence that is embodied in such centers as Sandton City, as well as unspoken rules that govern accessibility to public domains that connects it to the rest of Johannesburg- such as the Gautrain. As a result, this intervention will be a journey that is traversed ‘backwards’ to undo these aspirations.

Opening Reception & Performance (part1), Friday, 3rd October from 16h30 at ROOM Gallery/Projects,

Performance (part 2): Saturday, 4 October 2014 from 10h00 - 16h00

Performance (part 3): Carpet Series Episode # 5: Friday, 10.10.2014, from 16h30

Performance & Closing Party (part 4): Saturday, 11 October 2014 from 10h00 - 16h00

03 October 2014 - 11 October 2014

Robyn Nesbitt at ROOM Gallery/Projects

'A List for Remebering: Cataloguing of Curious Coincidences' is an ongoing series of studio light observations started while on residency at PROGR in 203. These and new studies will be added to the collection for the exhibition at ROOM, exploring the notion of light in the visible and invisible documentation of everyday studio process and practice. Experiments are left ongoing, works exist in process and are protected under constant observation - the marking and acknowledging of time and the depiction of that action.

Art Week Joburg Programme: Saturday, 23 August 2014, 10am - 8pm

Carpet Series: Episode 4: Wednesday, 3 September from 6pm

Closing reception/finissage: Saturday, 6 September from 12.30pm


14 August 2014 - 06 September 2014

Peter Mammes at ROOM Gallery/Projects

The exhibition presents new and recent works by Peter Mammes, whose style is framed within the intricate and repeated use of collected patterns alongside juxtapositions of referential iconography influenced by the artist’s travels in Russia and India.

According to the Mammes his work 'deals with contradictions, discrimination, deformity and hypocrisy.'
The intention is to encourage viewers to question their own established and contextual perspectives when considering what is deemed as 'normal'. In the seemingly beautiful compositions that make up the presentation, macabre iconography and repeated patterns are used.

Applying his artistic license Peter Mammes juxtaposes problematic historical figures along side deformity and guillotines; animal skeletal remains as signifiers of time, the polemics surrounding nationalism, and questioning of what is deemed as 'absurd'. Peter says: 'The current state of the world is precariously kept in its place, our views about gender, class and race are manipulated to fit a certain norm, those norms have not been constant throughout time and they are also different in different locations around the world. ... Our deformities, culture and gender does not give us a free reign to discriminate and judge because from another contextual perspective we are the exotic and strange.'

11 July 2014 - 09 August 2014

Ronel de Jager at ROOM Gallery/Projects

As the artist’s debut solo exhibition, ‘After Midnight’, forms part of an ongoing project exploring the transformative power inherent in the constant, shifting presence of cast shadows and filtered light. The over arching title thus  acts as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of reality, a world both present and absent, simultaneously formed and diffused by the play of light in the hours extending across night and day. This multi-media, multi-spatial exhibition unfolds in three parts, spanning a series of divergent spaces. As a starting point ‘A.M. (After Midnight): A Prelude’ - at ROOM - explores the transient qualities of time, space and memory. Imagery and music are juxtaposed in an interactive video installation combined with paintings to capture the elusive quality of time.

05 June 2014 - 05 July 2014