[11.04.06] Lines of Attitude at the District 6 Homecoming Centre
'Lines of Attitude: Crossing Continents with Street Art' brings together street artists from SA, the UK and Kenya. While the project involved demonstrations, workshops and the painting of a large mural in District 6, Linda Stupart is uncertain whether its gallery-based counterpart really issues the social challenges it claims to.
[11.04.06] Zanele Muholi at Michael Stevenson Contemporary
[11.04.06] Roger Palmer at Michaelis Gallery
Zanele Muholi's 'Only Half the Picture' explores both her own and others' positions as black lesbians in South Africa today. Linda Stupart claims that Muholi issues a challenge to a new generation of women, debating 'the very exclusionary nature of the normative woman as defined in many older Feminist texts'. The sometimes shocking images challenge a viewer to examine the images' very ability to do this.
UK-based Roger Palmer is a frequent visitor to SA. 'Plume' is his third successive solo show in Cape Town, where Andrew Lamprecht finds the work of a remarkable and sophisticated artist.
[11.04.06] Mikhael Subotzky at the Goodman Gallery
Michael Smith is moved by young photographer Mikhael Subotzky's 'Die Vier Hoeke and Umjiegwana', concluding that it is the artist's '"re-humanising" of inmates that functions as the most subversive aspect of this project. What justification could we have for the barbarism of the prison system if we allow these men to become human again?' he asks.
[11.04.06] Peter van Heerden at the KZNSA
Peter van Heerden's 'Bok' finds the artist exploring the position of the Afrikaner male in South Africa today. In a rather 'abject' performance, van Heerden establishes his position on history's trajectory in a provocative but ultimately cathartic piece. Francesca Verga reviews.
[11.04.06] Black, Brown, White: Photography from South Africa at Kunsthalle Vienna
Art Historian Lisa Schmidt visits 'Black, Brown, White: Photography from South Africa' at Kunsthalle Vienna where she finds a European audience confronted with photography not only politcally and documentarily linked to our history.
[11.04.06] The 9th Havana Bienal: a reportback
Sue Williamson reports back on the 9th Havana Bienal.