Archive: Issue No. 124, December 2007

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02.12.07 Pieter Hugo at extraspazio, Rome
02.12.07 Guy Tillim in Wolverhampton
02.12.07 South African Textile-related art at Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania
02.12.07 Wim Botha in Berlin

04.11.07 Kendell Geers at Yvon Lambert, Paris
04.11.07 Siopis and Stainer in London
04.11.07 'I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop' in Austria
04.11.07 Titus Matiyane at the University of Technology, Netherlands
04.11.07 Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld collaborating at Medienkunstlabor im Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

07.10.07 Afrikan Tähti: Digging for Gold at Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
07.10.07 Apartheid: The South African Mirror, Barcelona
17.09.07 James Webb at the Lyon Biennale

06.05.07 Nathaniel Stern in Ireland


02.12.07 Berni Searle in Atlanta
02.12.07 'Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora' in Kansas City
02.12.07 Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo, New York

04.11.07 William Kentridge and Robin Rhode at the San Diego Museum of Art
04.11.07 William Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern at International Print Center, New York
04.11.07 Ed Young in Miami

07.10.07 Inscribing Meaning at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

30.09.07 New Photography at the MoMA


02.12.07 7th African Photography Encounters Bamako, Mali


02.12.07 'Nicholas Hlobo at the Haifa Museum, Israel

07.10.07 'Bare Life' opens in Jerusalem


02.12.07 'Recent Paintings' by Brad Hammond in Bathurst, Australia


Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Graveyard and the town's sewerage pipe 2006

Pieter Hugo at extraspazio, Rome

Pieter Hugo's photographic series depicting individuals, families, interiors, landscapes and incidental details of South Africa's Northern-most town 'Messina/Musina' is currently on exhibit at extraspazio in Rome.

The show runs concurrently at Durban Art Gallery and will move to Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein in February, Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in March, and the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in May.

Opens: November 22
Closes: January 19


Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Mai mai militia in training 2003

Guy Tillim in Wolverhampton

'Children in Conflict' is a group exhibition which draws together work by internationally renowned contemporary artists, looking at the ways in which children can become caught up in conflicts created by the adult world.

As part of this exhibition, in partnership with Christian Aid, war artist John Keane has been commissioned to produce a series of paintings about issues facing millions of young people in war-torn Angola. Guy Tillim, Simon Norfolk, Anthony Haughey and Emma Summers will also be exhibiting.

Opens: November 24
Closes: February 16


Jane Makhubele

Jane Makhubele
Aids is a Killer Disease
148 x 112cm

South African Textile-related art at Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania

'Skin - to - Skin', an exhibition curated by Fiona Kirkwood, is featured at this year's Kaunas Art Biennial, 'Textile '07' in Kaunas.

The show focuses on the diversity of work made by South African artists using textile-related concepts, techniques and materials. The title 'Skin - to - Skin' is used to describe not only art on the exhibit which deals with pigmentation and its political history in this country, but also other socio-economic and cultural matters such as scarification, animal pelts as signifiers and the relationships between sexual relations, HIV/Aids and skin.

The participating artists are Lynda Ballen, Tamlin Blake, Leora Farber, Karin Lijnes, Nkosinathi Khanyile, Fiona Kirkwood, Walter Oltmann, Langa Magwa, Jane Makhubele, Angeline Masuku and Yda Walt.

The show will travel to the Standard Bank Gallery in April.

Opens: November 30
Closes: March 2


Wim Botha

Exhibition poster

Wim Botha in Berlin

Wim Botha will be exhibiting as part of the group show 'POLITISCHE IKONOGRAFIE' at Galerie Jette Rudolph in Berlin.

Botha will present an installation of sculpture and prints, reflecting the motif of mortality through the visualisation of power and religion. Other artists on the show are Paule Hammer, Svätopluk Mikyta, Dennis Rudolph and Joulia Straussova.

Opens: November 30
Closes: January 19


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Kannibale exhibition poster

Kendell Geers at Yvon Lambert, Paris

'Kannibale', Kendell Geers' first solo exhibition at Yvon Lambert, Paris examines the notion of Cannibalism as out lined in the 1928, 'Manifesto Antropòfago' by Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade: 'Only Cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically'. In this Manifesto, Cannibalism is a powerful metaphor for the cultural incorporation of the values of 'what's not mine', 'what's stranger to me'; as well as a radical vision for extremes of violence.

Geers uses Andrade's 'Manifesto Antropòfago' and takes cannibalism as a symbolic practice, a metaphor for violent acts that occur in societies, risen from excess of power, domination (especially colonialism and class structure), economic exploitation, emotional impulses and traumas. This cannibalism makes no attempt to strive towards a reduction of tensions. However, its instinct focuses on what is positive; the creative flows, life drives, eroticism and cultural exchange.

Opens: October 18
Closes: December 8


Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Verwoerd Speaks (video still) 1996

Emily Stainer

Emily Stainer Menagerie (installation view) ongoing

Penny Siopis and Emily Stainer in London

'Unbound', curated by Predrag Pajdic, takes the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain as its starting point for examining current day perceptions of freedom and slavery. The group exhibition features international artists working in a variety of media including conceptual work, photography, video, film, installations, live performances and interventions.

Exhibiting artists include: Justin Allen/Switch Theatre, Oreet Ashery, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Barney Ashton, Tim Blake, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Martin Effert, Wendy Faucheaux Dolan, Sagi Groner, Emily Jacir, Vesna Milicevic, Jean Gabriel Periot, Michael Petry, Nada Prlja, Santiago Sierra, Penny Siopis, Emily Stainer and Judith Witteman.

Opens: November 2
Closes: December 13


Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko

Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko
not afraid, Louis Botha Rd, Johannesburg from
the ones on top won't make it Stop! series 2002
420 x 594mm

'I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop' in Austria

Photographers Bonile Bam, Jodi Bieber, Lerato Maduna, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi and Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko will be exhibiting at Camera Austria in Graz at the end of this month. 'I'm not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg' showcases works by graduates and students of the school of photography founded by David Goldblatt in Johannesburg towards the end of the 80s.

This exhibition - accompanied by the 100th issue of Camera Austria International, in which it will be the main feature - presents a collection of viewpoints which directly confront such issues as violence, different sexual politics, and economic niche work.

Opens: November 30
Closes: March 2

Symposium: 10am - 6pm, December 1


Titus Matiyane

Titus Matiyane with one of his panoramas

Titus Matiyane at the University of Technology, Netherlands

The international event 'African Perspectives' is a joint initiative by the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology and ArchiAfrika. 'African Perspectives' is an opportunity for architects, urban planners and other professionals, academics, students and interested people from all over the world to network at workshops, debates, exhibitions and films.

The focal point of the event will be an exhibition and catalogue of a work by Titus Matiyane entitled Cities of the World. Matiyane lives and works in Atteridgeville, a township close to Pretoria. His panoramic drawings (1.5 metres high and from six to 46 metres long) give the impression that the artist has studied cities and landscapes from the air. However, his first panoramas date from the early 1990s and he did not fly for the first time until 1998.

Curators of this exhibition are Stephen Hobbs, Kristin Feireiss and Annemieke de Kler.

Opens: December 6
Closes: December 8


Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld

Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld
collaboration in progress, Johannesburg March 2007

Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld

Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld
collaboration in progress, Johannesburg March 2007

Hobbs/Neustetter and Machfeld collaborating at Medienkunstlabor im Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

Hobbs/Neustetter and Austrian digital media artist duo Machfeld will be exhibiting the results of their collaborative activities, (which began in Johannesburg in March this year) at the Medienkunstlabor, Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria. The final outcome will be presented through public space interventions and an exhibition.

Opens: December 6
Closes: January 13


Michael Elion

Finnish news article:
Liza Grobler and Jeanne Hoffman play Afrika Tähti

Afrikan Tähti at Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma

As part of the exhibition 'Common Ground', which opens on October 6 at Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Liza Grobler and Jeanne Hoffman will be presenting their interactive visual arts project based on the Finnish board game 'Tähti:' (translated: 'African Star').

The project links urban development in South Africa to art incentives in Finland and is a tongue-in-cheek attempt by the two to build a visual and interactive game that might provide a contemporary glimpse into our dark continent of minerals and savages...

The work consists of a public 'explorer' route through the town of Rauma. An aerial perspective of the route would reveal it to be in the shape of the African continent (as is the case in the original board game). The route begins and ends at a space within the Lönnström Art Museum.

Opens: Oct 6
Closes: Jan 6



A key image from the show

Apartheid: The South African Mirror, Barcelona

'Apartheid: The South African Mirror', curated by Pep Subirós, exhibits a conceptual and visual approach to the old and new forms of prejudice and racial discrimination, based on a wide selection of original artworks and documentary material.

The exhibition documents the development of the ideologies and practices that establish different categories of human beings, shows in detail the social, political, economic, cultural and territorial system of apartheid in force in South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and argues that, over the last two decades, new forms of racism and racial segregation have developed on a large scale, both within our democratic societies as well as, and especially, in the relationship between rich and poor nations.

The exhibition includes works by Jane Alexander, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Santu Mofokeng, Berni Searle, Penny Siopis, Paul Stopforth, Sue Williamson, Albert Adams, Peter Clarke, Ernest Cole, Dumile Feni, Billy Mandindi, Ephrain Ngatane, Gerard Sekoto and Durant Sihlali among others.

The final sections of the exhibition include works by artists from the most recent generations, such as Conrad Botes, Churchill Madikida, Johannes Phokela, Nandipha Mntambo, Tracey Rose, Lolo Veleko and Donovan Ward, which demonstrate the continuous vitality of the South African art scene and the renewed commitment by many artists to their historical context.

Alexander, Botes, Mntambo, Mthethwa and Peter McKenzie have produced new works for this exhibition.

Opens: Sept 26
Closes: Jan 13


James Webb at the Lyon Biennale

The next Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art - entitled 'The 00's - The history of a decade that has not yet been named' - will open on September 17. The project devised for this 9th edition by Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist is a history book written by a number of people: 'the history of a decade yet to be named; of a present that is endlessly arriving'.

The project is structured like a grand game, with rules for selecting and casting the roles; a game in which some 50 'players' from around the world are invited to invite an essential artist of this decade. Art South Africa editor Sean O'Toole, as the 'player', has invited Cape Town artist James Webb to exhibit.

A 'history book' will be published on the occasion of the biennial as both the project's origin and its horizon with essays by philosophers, critics and historians, and the manifesto texts of each player, centred on a particular vision of the present and of what is happening on the contemporary creative scene.

Opens: September 17
Closes: December 31


Nathaniel Stern in Ireland

Nathaniel Stern exhibits with Cork-based Canadian Paul LaRocque at the Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery all throughout the Irish Summer.

Stern presents a series of revolving performative prints, using a custom-built scanner appendage in and around his subjects and objects, this time engaging with the stories, locals and surrounds of West Cork and Dublin. Also in the gallery, printmaker Paul LaRocque combines digital and traditional techniques, local iconography and political discourse to explore cultural relationships in an increasingly globalised world.

Opens: May 31
Closes: Winter in Ireland



Berni Searle

Berni Searle
Snow White (detail) 2001
video installation

Berni Searle in Atlanta

As part of the group exhibition 'Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970', Berni Searle will be screening her work In Focus: Snow White (2001).

The exhibition, at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, runs in two parts, the first of which finishes on December 8, and the second of which commences on January 24. For a complete line-up of events, talks and screenings visit

Part I:
Opens: September 14
Closes: December 8

Part II:
Opens: January 24
Closes: May 24


Churchill Madikida Churchill Madikida
Virus 2005
video still

'Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora' in Kansas City

'Tapping Currents' presents a diverse range of contemporary work made by African artists and Diaspora to the Kansas City public.

The exhibition, which is on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, brings together artists working in traditional and new media to investigate themes such as colonialism and post-colonialism, slavery, trade, history, gender and identity. Humour and irony call attention to Western misperceptions of what is authentically African.

Featured on the show, amongst others, are Berni Searle, Churchill Madikida and Odili Donald Odita.

Opens: November 17
Closes: April 13


Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Kwadwo Konado, Wild Honey Collector,
Techiman District, Ghana 2005

Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo, New York

This month, Yossi Milo presents 'The Hyena and Other Men', an exhibition of large scale, colour photographs by Pieter Hugo from the series The Hyena Men and Wild Honey Collectors.

Hugo created the former series while travelling in Nigeria with a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of tenuously domesticated hyenas, monkeys and snakes. The portraits feature groupings of men and animals surrounded by the barren urban centres of northern Nigeria. Taken during quiet moments between the spectacles of street performances, the photographs depict a stillness that subverts the tense physicality of the animals and their trainers.

The Honey Collectors series emerged from a period Hugo spent with a collective of workers in the forests of Ghana. Enshrined in cassava branches and plastic to protect themselves from stings, the men go about the process of smoking out the bees in order to gather the unattended honey.

This will be Hugo's first solo show in New York.

Opens: November 29
Closes: January 12


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Tide Table 2003 - 4
single-channel 35 mm hand-drawn animated film, transferred to video
colour, sound; 8 min

William Kentridge

Robin Rhode
Harvest 2005
single-channel video projection
black and white, sound; 3.45 min

William Kentridge and Robin Rhode at the San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art's new exhibition, 'Animated Painting', showcases contemporary artists who adapt traditional painting and drawing methods to the concepts and technologies of animation. Twenty moving-image works by 14 international contemporary artists are featured on the exhibition.

Highlights include William Kentridge's animated film Tide Table (2005); computer animated figures by Julian Opie displayed outside of the Museum; Jeremy Blake's digital video Sodium Fox (2005); and Sadie Benning's video projection of hand-made drawings, Play Pause (2006). Other participating artists are the Barnstormers, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Kota Ezawa, Ruth Gómez, Ann Lislegaard, Takeshi Murata, Serge Onnen, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Qiu Anxiong and Robin Rhode.

In conjunction with 'Animated Painting', SDMA is presenting a free four-part symposium titled 'Animation: From the Avant-Garde to Popular Culture'. The symposium takes place on Thursday, November 1, and Saturday, November 3, and includes panel discussions by leading art and animation scholars, presentations of artworks, and a screening of animation by Southern California artists.

The exhibition moves to Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) in Tijuana, Mexico in 2008 and the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, in 2009. Opens: October 13
Closes: January 13

Opens: October 1 2008
Closes: December 31 2008

Opens: February 6 2009
Closes: April 19 2009


Nathaniel Stern

Nathaniel Stern
subtle reeds 2006
lambda on metallic paper
25 x 15cm

William Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern at International Print Center, New York

International Print Center New York presents their Autumn 2007 season of 'New Prints' opening at the beginning of November. On exhibition are Willliam Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern alongside the likes of Jenny Holzer and Chuck Close.

Other artists on exhibition include: Eric Avery, Marieke Bolhuis, Maria de la Providencia Casanovas, Michele Oka Doner, Richard Dupont, Eduardo Fausti, Barnaby Furnas, Yuji Hiratsuka, Laurie Hogin, Tom Huck, Sarah Nicholls, Andrew Stein Raftery, Jaune Quick-to-see-Smith, Tom Spleth, Craig Taylor, Mary Temple and Nicola Tyson.

The exhibition travels to Columbia College in Chicago early next year.

Opens: November 1
Closes: December 19

Opens: January 16
Closes: Feb 22


Ed Young

Ed Young
I Love New Work (mural façade) 2007

Ed Young

Pocket Stadium 2007

Ed Young in Miami

Opening in conjunction with the Wynwood Art District Walk and Art Basel Miami, Locust Projects concludes their 2007 season by bringing together three artists, from three continents, presenting three original exhibitions: L/B: Pocket Stadium; Mark Clintberg: Get Lost; and Ed Young: I Love New Work.

In their first exhibition in Miami, the Swiss-based duo known as L/B, Sabine Lang and Daniel Baumann, will debut their site-specific sculptural installation. L/B constructs environments incorporating functionality, architecture and art to make interiors and objects that interact with the participant, while subverting the utilitarian nature of space planning. Get Lost, curated by Canada-born Mark Clintberg, is a compilation of recent single channel video art by young Canadian artists anchored by the artists' collective exploration of wandering and romanticism.

I Love New Work will be the first site-specific Locust Projects mural project of South African born artist Ed Young. He utilizes forms of conceptualism, performance, and minimalism, underscored by his persona, to call attention to major themes of boredom, insolence and laziness. Young investigates the idea that the structure of the art world has superseded the art object itself. For this project, Young will create a new site-specific mural every four months for one year. The final mural will coincide with Art Basel Miami 2008.

Opens: November 10
Closes: December 31


Kim Berman

Kim Berman
Playing Cards of the Truth Commission, an Incomplete Deck 1999
mezzotint, drypoint, and engraving on paper
40.5 x 60.5cm

Durant Sihlali

Durant Sihlali
Graffiti Signatures 1997-1998
Coloured cotton rag fibres
126 x 191cm

Inscribing Meaning at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

'Inscribing Meaning', opening in October at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, brings together works of art from a range of periods, regions, genres, and peoples in order to consider the interplay between African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word. More than 100 artworks are on display, including ancient Egyptian funerary arts; masks, sculpture, textiles, and adornment from across the continent; illuminated liturgical texts, as well as the work of contemporary artists Rachid Koraïchi, Ghada Amer, Berni Searle, Ike Ude, Victor Ekpuk, Sue Williamson, Kim Berman, Yinka Shonibare, Wosene Kosrof, amongst others.

Opens: Oct 14
Closes: Feb 17


Berni Searle

Berni Searle
On Either Side, 2005
Pigment ink on archival paper
100 x 200cm

New Photography at the MoMA

Berni Searle is one of a group of three photographers selected for 'New Photography 2007', an annual prestigious exhibition which showcases the work of a select group of artists from around the world.

This is the second year running the museum has chosen a South African - in 2006 one of the choices was Robin Rhode. Searle will be showing work from the About to Forget series, based on the memory of her own fractured family.

Opens: September 30
Closes: January 1



Fanie Jason

Fanie Jason
Carters on the way to the Epping scrap yard 2005

7th African Photography Encounters Bamako, Mali

'In The City and Beyond' is the title of this year's African Photography Encounters in Bamako, Mali. The exhibition, curated by Simon Njami, examines the construction of, and the relationships between, the city and what lies beyond: the centre and the periphery. The exhibiting photographers were invited to question the complex relationship - both complementary and conflictual - that these two polarities of human society uphold.

Participating South Africans include Jodi Bieber, Fanie Jason, Andrew Tshabangu and Lolo Veleko. Other artists showing at various venues in Bamako, include Saïdou Dicko (Burkina Faso), Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Mohamed El Baz (Morocco), Fakhri El Ghezal (Tunisia), Ghislain El Magambo Gulda (DRC), Dimitri Fagbohoun (Benin), Héba Farid (Egypt), Sal Idriss (Ghana) and Samuel Fosso (Cameroon).

Opens: November 24
Closes: December 23



Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo
Umthubi 2006
exotic and indigenous wood, steel, wire, ribbon, rubber inner tube
200 x 400 x 730cm (variable)

Nicholas Hlobo, at the Haifa Museum, Israel

Nicholas Hlobo is currently exhibiting on the group exhibition 'Overcraft', the third in a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Tami Katz-Freiman at the Haifa Museum of Art.

'Overcraft' focuses on the sensory experience of excess and of multiple details. It will be the first exhibition in Israel to revolve around works by Israeli and international male artists who share an interest in labour-intensive forms of craft, which were until recently largely identified with women.

This exhibition includes works composed of fabric, paper, beads, threads, wallpaper and other decorative materials in a range of techniques, including embroidery, sewing, weaving, threading, knitting and paper cut-outs. 'Overcraft' examines the discourse on the decorative, the ornamental and the obsessive from the point of view of male artists.

The exhibition serves as a platform for discussing the changing value of concepts such as beauty and masculinity, and the relations between art and craft; it examines these issues in relation to post-feminist, queer and postcolonial theories, as well as in relation to the influence of the global economy.

Other participating artists include Ron Aloni , El Anatsui , assume vivid astro focus, Eliahou Eric Bokobza, Jonathan Callan, Nick Cave, Dave Cole, Tim Curtis, Aashraf Fawakhry, Tom Gallant, Uri Gershuni, Gil & Moti, Haim Maor, Ohad, Jonathan Shilo, Francesco Vezzoli and Guy Zagursky.

Opens: November 3
Closes: February 24


William Kentridge

Bare Life Invitation

'Bare Life' opens in Jerusalem

By means of artworks on display for the first time in Israel, 'Bare Life' seeks to explore how the borderlines delineating identity, freedom and security shift during periods of emergency and uncertainty, impairing the basic rights of the individual.

Curated by Raphie Etgar, the participating artists include William Kentridge, Kendell Geers, Berni Searle and Mikhael Subotzky. Sophie Calle (France), Bill Viola (US), Wilhelm Sasnal (Poland) and Paul McCarthy (US) are also in the lineup.

Opens: October 10



'Recent Paintings' by Brad Hammond in Bathurst, Australia

Brad Hammond, who is perhaps better known in this country for his video work and drawing, will be exhibiting his 'Recent Paintings' at the Bathhurst Regional Art Gallery in Bathurst, New South Wales. The exhibition opened on November 30 and there will be a walkabout at the gallery on December 6.

Opens: November 30
Closes: January 27