Archive: Issue No. 131, July 2008

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6.07.08 Moshekwa Langa at Bernier-Eliades, Athens
6.07.08 'Street and Studio: An urban history of photography' at Tate Modern
6.07.08 'Peripheral Vision And Collective Body' in Bolzano, Italy
6.07.08 'Home Lands - Land Marks' in London
6.07.08 Kendell Geers at de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich
6.07.08 Julia Rosa Clark and Zander Blom at Ferreira Projects

8.06.08 Lolo Veleko in 'AFRICALLS?', Spain


6.07.08 South African Collectives on 'EMERGENCE', New York

8.06.08 World Histories, Mustafa Maluka at the Des Moines Art Center
8.06.08 'The New Spell' at David Krut, New York

6.04.08 'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body' at the Hood Museum
10.02.08 'Far From Home' at North Carolina Museum of Art


Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
Call of the Sirens 2008
acrylic, coloured pencil, Indian ink and lacquer on paper

Moshekwa Langa at Bernier-Eliades, Athens

Moshekwa Langa shows alongside French artist Lionel Esteve and Liang Wei from China in a group show at the Bernier-Eliades Gallery in Greece.

Langa works in multiple media, incorporating rags and threads, books and maps, sticks and stones, debris and documents. In so doing, he brings together potentially disparate social and physical worlds, highlighting the flexibility of identity. Langa's work focuses less on ideology and more on ideas. His struggle site lies not on didactic political turf but in more ineluctable existential realms.

Esteve exhibits small scale found objects through which he wishes to transform a penchant for grand gesture and consumerism into efforts in which focus and intensity become substitute for large scale and romanticised ambition. Wei's work consists of large paintings and video works that reflect her personal imaginings after the overdevelopments of super industrial society.

Opens: May 21
Closes: July 10


David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
On Eloff Street Johannesburg, South Africa 1966 - 7
printed 2008

'Street and Studio: An urban history of photography' at Tate Modern

'Street and Studio', an exhibition of international photography, presents a history of photographic portraiture taken on the street or in the photographer's studio, looking at the differences between these two key locations in which photographers work. The exhibition brings out the contrast between the photos taken in the carefully orchestrated studio, and images captured in the changing and uncontrollable street, whilst highlighting the crossovers between the genres and their influence on each other.

The exhibition, which spans over 100 years of photography, combines the work of some of the world's most famous and important photographers including Francis Alÿs, Diane Arbus, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, August Sander, Cindy Sherman, Malick Sidibé, Paul Strand, James Van der Zee, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans.

South Africans on exhibit include David Goldblatt and Pieter Hugo.

Opens: May 22
Closes: August 31


Athi Patra Ruga

Athi Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #11 2007
Lambda print

'Peripheral Vision And Collective Body': Zanele Muholi, Guy Tillim and Athi-Patra Ruga in Bolzano, Italy

'Peripheral Vision and Collective Body' gathers numerous works from the collection of the Museion Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, including new acquisitions and important long-term loans from private collectors, as well as loans from national and international museums.

The exhibition discusses the question of the collective body in contemporary visual art as well as examining tight relationships with architecture and performance, in particular, dance. It brings together a selection of works, including film, performance, documents and texts from Meyerhold to contemporary art, which will explore the creation and the use of the collective body as a critical strategy to question the legacy of our recent history.

Included on show are Zanele Muholi, Guy Tillim and Athi-Patra Ruga.

Opens: May 24
Closes: September 21


Berni Searle

Berni Searle
Alibama 2007
video still
single screen projection with sound

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Democracy is forever - Pimville 2004
black and white photograph on Baryth paper

'Home Lands - Land Marks' in London

An exhibition presenting new and recent work from seven South African artists at Haunch of Venison, London will be the first in London to focus on contemporary South African art since 1995. 'Home Lands - Land Marks features work by David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge, Vivienne Koorland, Santu Mofokeng, Berni Searle and Guy Tillim.

The exhibition differs from more common approaches to post-apartheid South Africa in that it focuses on images and invocations of landscape which explore contemporary South Africa. 'Home Lands - Land Marks' addresses the complexity of the South African landscape, reflecting upon notions of memory, place and identity, referring to the political context and historical background of South Africa only through the imprint and trace of human experience on the physical landscape.

'I am interested in the specificity of locations and sites and the way in which cultural and individual experience is represented in space through signage, text, inscription and symbolisation', comments the curator, art historian Professor Tamar Garb. 'The particular historical trajectory of South Africa and the politics of race and place have left their mark upon the landscape through monuments, structures, maps and borders. These, in turn, have found their way into pictures, often providing the keys to the identification and interpretation of events, legacies and locations.'

New works specifically made for the exhibition include anamorphic drawings by Kentridge and photographs by Goldblatt A new film installation inspired by the well-known South African folk song Daar Kom Die Alibama has been completed by Searle.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication with commissioned essays by Tamar Garb, Okwui Enwezor and Ivan Vladislavic.

Opens: May 31
Closes: July 5


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
razor mesh
height 300cm, overall dimension variable

Kendell Geers at de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich

de Pury & Luxembourg present 'POSTPUNKPAGANPOP', Kendell Geers' first solo exhibition at the gallery in Zürich.

Geers presents a series of installation and graphic works which draw from ancient mythology and tradition and make reference to the modus operandi of the allegorical trickster.

Five white neon works based on old master paintings of crucifixes welcome the viewer in the first room, illuminating a 3.5 m tall CorTen steel house of cards. In the artist's unique graphic language, the cards read as the seven virtues and the seven deadly sins. Through a vestibule, the viewer is invited to enter the gigantic razor mesh labyrinth POSTPUNKPAGANPOP, the cruelty of which is reflected and multiplied by a room-engulfing mirrored floor.

Included in the exhibition are a series of graphics in indian ink as well as mirror works which once again employ Geers' image play with words.

'As does the trickster, Geers prefers to use profanity to describe the sacred, turning expectations upside down and inside out. The banal obscenity is transformed into a complex visual mantra for meditation and contemplation.

Opens: June 2
Closes: August 16


Zander Blom and Julia Rosa Clark at Ferreira Projects

Ferreira Projects, in association with Cape Town's Whatiftheworld present Julia Rosa Clark's "Hypocrite's Lament' and Zander Blom's 'Drain of Progress'. Clark's work was previously shown at João Ferreira in Cape Town and Blom previously showed this work at Whatiftheworld.

Clark is becoming well known for her graphic acuity and her exploration of information overload and presentation, resulting in complex and layered installations. This work deals with fear and hyperbole surrounding the world on the edge of disaster, conjured up by photocopies, illustrations and newspaper clippings which build up and saturate a viewer's consciousness.

Blom's large-scale photographs and publication document a house he lived in for four years, and the installation that evolved there over that at time. Taking both a fascination and distrust of Modernism and its art as a starting point, and a nihilist and ironic bearing, he began making abstract monochrome ink drawings, which form here a part of the installation.

'Dilemmas, torn loyalties and nihilism continually face off against the positive act of creation for both artists. This tension, whether a suspicion of the past or a fear of the future, situates Clark and Blom thoroughly in the present moment, says the press release.

Opens: July 9
Closes: July 26


Lolo Veleko

Screenshot of Lolo Veleko from the documentary 'AFRICALLS?'

Lolo Veleko in 'AFRICALLS?', Spain

'AFRICALLS?' presents the work of five artists and two contemporary art production centres of seven African cities. This creative project, comprising a documentary film, a publication and an exhibition, is an audiovisual collage that presents the artists' interests and the urban context in which they create their works.

'AFRICALLS?' takes a direct and intimate perspective to explore the key aspects of the artists' personalities and creative processes beyond the art objects they make in cities such as Dakar, Douala, Cape Town, Rabat, Luanda, Nairobi and Maputo.

The seven featured artists are Lolo Veleko (Cape Town), Mamadou Gomis (Dakar), Nástio Mosquito (Luanda), Jorge Dias (Maputo), Myriam Mihindou (Rabat), and the collectives Doual'art (Douala) and Kwani (Nairobi).

Opens: June 3




Barend de Wet, Douglas Gimberg and Christian Nerf
Acting on Orders 2008
poster in situ

Avant Car Guard

AVANT CAR GUARD at the crossroads of
Critical Acclaim and Commercial Success II
site-specific installation with varying dimensions

South African Collectives on 'EMERGENCE: creative pioneers in uncharted territory'

Three South African collectives have been included on 'EMERGENCE: creative pioneers in uncharted territory', a FIGMENT project, which has been designed to officially open the season on Governor's Island, a deserted military outpost in New York Harbour. Governor's Island is located in the harbour, approximately a kilometre from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and half that from Brooklyn. The island has a complex history dating from the early 1600s.

'EMERGENCE', which includes 25 artists' groups and collaborative projects, focuses on the history and significance of Governor's Island which is explored through participatory art. The exhibition features contributions from visual artists working across fields of media which include, but are not limited to, sculpture, installation art, aerial kinetic sculpture, photography, and computer graphic sequencing. The installation will change over the course of the summer as a result of the interactive elements and the engagement of visiting participants.

Artists and art collectives included on the programme include: Anne Arden McDonald, artcodex, Avant Car Guard (South Africa), Casper Electronics, Christian Nerf/Barend de Wet/Douglas Gimberg (South Africa), Damon Hamm, Eugenia Yu, Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake, John Krill (South Africa), John Walter, Peripheral Media Projects, Saviour Scraps, Tara Parsons, Tim and Martin Dockery, and Urban Homesteading Project.

Opens: May 31
Closes: July 26


Nicholas Hlobo

Mustafa Maluka
No more keeping my feet on the ground
Oil on canvas
183 x 133cm

'World Histories', Mustafa Maluka at the Des Moines Art Center

Artists working today exemplify the term 'global citizen', often growing up in one region, being educated or working in another, and exhibiting at galleries, fairs, museums and exhibitions in every country possible.

'World Histories' presents 12 artists whose work, while participating in this globe-spanning conversation, also presents a unique expression of their respective identities as individuals, defined by the specific place, time, and culture from which he or she has emerged.

Included in the 'World Histories' line-up are: El Anatsui (Ghana), Sonny Assu (Canada), Heri Dono (Indonesia), Dario Escobar (Guatemala), Yoko Inoue (Japan), Shi Jinsong (China), Mustafa Maluka (South Africa), Rachael Rakena (New Zealand), Katrin Sigurdardottir (Iceland), Jesse Small (USA), and Angela Strassheim (USA).

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Opens: May 16
Closes: August 31


'The New Spell' at David Krut, New York

In the months of June and July, David Krut Projects, New York presents 'The New Spell', an exhibition of young, up-and-coming, contemporary South African art curated by Lucy Rayner. This exhibition of self-reflexively satirical and subversive new work features artists Themba Shibase, Michael MacGarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Maja Maljevic, Nina Barnett and Robyn Nesbitt.

Bringing together the work of six artists who share an affinity for a particularly vulgar, grotesque or fetishist aesthetic, 'The New Spell' aims to consider one of the many enlivening tendencies within this socially aware and outspoken approach.

Opens: June 5
Closes: July 30


Senzeni Marasela

Senzeni Marasela
From series: Theodora comes to Johannesburg 2003/06

Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Fever 2007

'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body' at the Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College presents 'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body', a major travelling exhibition, curated by Barbara Thompson, that explores the historical roots of a charged icon in contemporary art - the black female body.

The exhibition will explore the complex perpetuation of icons and stereotypes of black womanhood through the display of over 100 sculptures, prints, postcards, photographs, paintings, textiles and video installations by artists from Africa, Europe, America and the Caribbean.

Presented in separate but intersecting sections, 'Black Womanhood' reveals three different perspectives - the traditional African, Western colonial, and contemporary global - that have contributed to current ideas about black womanhood. These three sections explore themes such as ideals of beauty, fertility and sexuality, maternity and motherhood, and women's identities and social roles, and examine collectively how these overlapping perspectives penetrate the complex and interwoven relationships between Africa and the West, male and female, and past and present, all of which have contributed to the inscription of meaning onto the black female body.

Zanele Muholi, Senzeni Marasela, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis and Berni Searle exhibit contemporary representations of black womanhood which, in contrast to the historic representations of the African female body on display, dissect the layers of social, cultural, and political realities that have influenced the creation of stereotypes about black women.

Also expected to feature in the exhibition are well-established contemporary artists living in Africa and Europe such as Hassan Musa, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Sokari Douglas Camp, Emile Guebehi, Magdalene Odundo, Fazal Sheikh and Maud Sulter.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 370-page illustrated catalogue published by the Hood Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press in April 2008.

Opens: April 1
Closes: August 10


Youssef Nabil

Youssef Nabil
Never wanted to leave, self-portrait, Paris 2007
hand-coloured silver gelatin print

'Far From Home' at North Carolina Museum of Art

Starting in mid-February, North Carolina Museum of Art will host 'Far from Home', an exhibition which includes art that addresses the global displacement of people and populations as they relocate for economic, political, or other reasons. The exhibition features photography, paintings and sculpture by artists of diverse national and cultural origins.

'Far From Home' explores the various ways that displacement is manifested in creative expression, suggesting very personal transformations alongside the wider group dynamics of belonging and exclusion.Whether focused on the individual or larger community, works here stand in dialogue with the expansion of global networks as people relocate and circumscribe their experiences in new places while maintaining connections to homelands and heritage, however tenuous.

Featured artists include Ghada Amer, José Bedia, Lalla Essaydi, Maria Elena González, Seydou Keïta, Vik Muniz, Youssef Nabil and Lorna Simpson among others.

Opens: February 17
Closes: July 13