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CAPE TOWN

18.03.07 'Cape '07'
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: Iziko SANG
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: Iziko South African Museum
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: The Centre for the Book
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: The Michaelis Collection
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: The Castle of Good Hope
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: Lookout Hill
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: Spier Wine Estate Gallery
18.03.07 'Cape '07' listings: US Art Gallery
04.03.07 'XCape'
04.03.07 'XCape' listings: Langa / Gugulethu / Khayelitsha / Stellenbosch
04.03.07 'XCape' listings: Foreshore / Waterfront / CBD
04.03.07 'XCape' listings: Woodstock / Observatory / Salt River / Rondebosch
04.03.07 'XCape' listings: Outlying Areas
04.03.07 'Churchill Madikida at Iziko SANG
04.03.07 Icebox' at Bell-Roberts CUBE Gallery
04.03.07 'Come' at Michaelis Gallery
5 04.03.07 Sandy Coffey at The Old Mill Gallery
04.03.07 'Fabrications' at Iziko SANG

04.02.07 Mustafa Maluka at Michael Stevenson
04.02.07 Corlie de Kock and Collin Albertus at Rust-en-Vrede
04.02.07 Philippe Marinig at Alliance Française du Cap
04.02.07 Jason Klimatsas at blank projects

3.12.06 Santu Mofokeng at Iziko SANG

5.11.06 'Embracing HIV/Aids' at Iziko SANG

STELLENBOSCH

04.03.07 GIMBERG/ NERF/ SACKS/ YOUNG at SMAC
04.03.07 The Moving Art Image Exhibition' at Golden Eye Function Venue

OUDSTHOORN

04.03.07 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

CAPE TOWN

Cape 07
 

'Cape '07'

The 'Cape '07' project sets out to be a biennale 'that is not just another biennale'. The new Cape Africa coordinating team of Gabi Ngcobo and Jonathan Garnham has taken over from Gavin Jantjes. Forty five contemporary African artists to use the entire city as a process driven workspace in order create lasting cultural impact on the city. With artists given complete creative freedom, the organisers are calling it a display of 'cultural soup Afrique'.

Some of the biggest names in contemporary African art, like Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge and Godfried Donkor, will show in venues from Khayelitsha and Stellenbosch to the city centre.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2


 

'Cape '07' Official Opening

Opens: 1.30pm, Saturday, March 24 (transport is available from 1pm - 7pm)
Closes: May 2

Lookout Hill
Khayelitsha, Cnr of Spine and Mew Way Roads, Ilitha Park
Hours: Fri and Sat 10am - 4pm

Circular transport route:
CAPE offices, 71 Buitengracht Street
Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha
Stellenbosch


Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Ishamel - Eyes wide shut 2004
cibachrome print
120 x 180cm

Brett Murray

Brett Murray
Mediated Morality 2006
metal and gold leaf
dimensions variable

Dineo Bopape

Dineo Bopape
Keep it to yourself (detail) 2005
installation with video

Ingrid Mwangi

Ingrid Mwangi
Untitled 2006
performance
 


Iziko SANG

Standard Bank Young Artist 2006 Churchill Madikida, veteran photographer Santu Mofokeng and internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge will be exhibiting in the main gallery of the SANG.

Madikida's self-referential videos, performances and installations assess the relationship between contemporary culture and Xhosa tradition. Mofokeng also investigates the complex relationship between African traditions and an imposed Western paradigm in 'Chasing Shadows' where the artist challenges the divisions between traditional healing and professional medical treatment of HIV/Aids. Kentridge will be showing one of his short animated films entitled Tide Table.

Brett Murray's satirical take on the influence of popular media icon Oprah in 'Mediated Morality' leads the viewer into the new media and video lounge at the National Gallery. Here the work of 15 artists who are linked by their personal and political interrogations of a particularly African identity are on display. The artists are Adel Abdessemed (Algeria), Sammy Baloji (DRC), Ty Bello (Nigeria), Dineo Seshee Bopape, Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria/France), Meschac Gaba (Benin), Anawana Haloba (Zambia), Susan Hefuna (Egypt/Germany), Churchill Madikida, Thando Mama, Patrick Mukabi (Kenya), Zanele Muholi, Ingrid Mwangi (Kenya/Germany), Emile Youmbi (Cameroon), Dominique Zinkpé (Benin/France).



 

Iziko South African Museum

DRC-based photographer and a video artist Sammy Baloji investigates the undocumented histories suppressed by the unstable political situation in the DRC. In a country where photography is viewed with suspicion and it is illegal to photograph state buildings, his images of ruined urban architecture are especially provocative. His camera becomes a transgressive tool and the act of taking pictures a daring performance. Baloji will show a 50 metre long photographic installation.


Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke
Schwitters
mixed media
50 x 35 cm
 


The Centre for the Book

In his 'Fanfare' project, art veteran Peter Clarke continues to reveal the poetic dimensions underlying social realities. Clarke will show colourful collages accompanied by playful and evocative prose that is inspired by friends as well as historical, biblical and literary figures.

Alongside Clarke, Senam Okudzeto (Ghana/US/Nigeria/Switzerland), who draws on her personal experience of movement and flux in order to question the relationship between identity and nationality, will create an installation which combines self help books and scam 419 letters that duped people into giving out their banking details.


Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Head on collar
 


The Michaelis Collection

Johannes Phokela does battle with the sacred icons of European art, from Hogarth to Rembrandt, in order to assert the value of contemporary African art. A truly postmodern painter, Phokela engages with simulation, identity, translation, inclusion and exclusion, while poking fun at overblown Western notions of their own inventiveness. This show features a new series of portrait paintings.


Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Pinky Pinky: Wounds (detail) 2003-2004
oil and found objects on canvas
380 x 122cm

Annie Anawana Haloba

Annie Anawana Haloba
Salt Licked Map 2005
video still

Annie Anawana Haloba

Annie Anawana Haloba
Salt Licked Map 2005
video still

Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
Don't stand me down 2007
oil and acrylic on canvas
 


The Castle of Good Hope

Youngsters Thando Mama, Mustafa Maluka and Annie Anawana Haloba (Zambia) are joined by the acclaimed El Loko (Benin/Germany) and Penny Siopis.

Siopis will be presenting an installation of her 'Pinky Pinky' series, which taps into personal childhood memories, dreams and local folklore. In these works, 'Pinky Pinky' is a vaguely threatening figure, the embodiment of anxieties of a personal, social and political nature. Overlapping narratives of personal and collective memories also underpin Anawana Haloba's practise. This Zambian artist makes sound, film and video installations that explore Africa's fractured history using her body as an means of mediating between subjective experiences and external realities. She will be presenting the video Salt Licked Map. El Loko's site-specific installation will involve the overthrow of traditional power relations. Leading into the Castle will be a carpet depicting the various heads of state upon which the viewer will be invited to walk.

The influence of popular culture upon the individual is the concern of artists Thando Mama and Mustafa Maluka. Maluka creates stylised portraits that engage with the issues of race, identity and culture. Firmly located within the contemporary, Maluka relies upon the internet in order to redefine notions of place and community. Mama is best known for his video installation work which examines the role of television in society and raises questions about how popular culture impacts on our perceptions of life. He uses video to investigate his black masculine identity, interrogating the mass media's portrayal of black identity and emphasizing the role media can play in reflecting positive imagery of Africa.


Hany Rashed

Hany Rashed
People 2006
photographs and wood (installation detail)

Lolo Veleko

Lolo Veleko
Kinky! 2005
photograph

Nicholas Hlobo

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


Lookout Hill

Lookout Hill will be divided into two thematic components. Nicholas Hlobo's kraal installation, seen at Michael Stevenson last year, will be the central link, because it exists on the border between issues of identity and of space within the urban environment. In the first section, Titus Moteyane will display a 7 metre city map and Hany Rashed is to install monochromatic three-dimensional painted assemblages which use scale to question relations of power in the urban environment. Tackling the issues of globalisation from an African perspective, Godfried Donkor (Ghana/UK) and Brett Murray use various methods to expose the hypocrisies of the Western mindset. Donkor explores the history of slavery and its effective commodification of the black body, with a cultural legacy that evidences itself in the contemporary Western media. Mixing conflicting imagery - from heavyweight boxing to the stock exchange - he scrutinizes themes of capitalism, globalisation and liberation. Murray's satirical take on apartheid rule, whiteness and globalisation often relies on popular culture in order to pose difficult questions about our society.

The spiritual aspect of creation is explored by Zimbabwean sculptor Mambakwedza Mutasa. His work explores the opposing forces that define human life: spiritual and physical, natural and supernatural. In his often monumental sculptures, the physicality of materials such as scrap metal, stone and wood enliven his themes with a rich, vibrant tactility. Dinkies Sithole expresses African identity through both performance and painting, concentrating on the influence of environment in the creation of his pieces.
In the second wing of Lookout Hill, photographic portraits from lesbian activist artist Zanele Muholi will compete with the performative fashion icons of Lolo Veleko. Marlene Dumas will show an original portfolio of five pieces, made up of lithographs and a text piece. Dumas' work, which displays the characteristic chromatic restraint that underpins her careful negotiation of the beautiful and the disturbing, taps into societal taboos by presenting a series of decapitated heads. Painter Mustafa Maluka will also be represented here.


Cape 07

Wim Botha
Sublimation 2006
Rhodesian teak parquet blocks, kiaat,
crushed marble, maize meal, electric motor
dimensions variable
 


Spier Wine Estate Gallery

Senzeni Marasela and Wim Botha both deal with the role of history in the contemporary mindset. Marasela's embroidered panels combine conceptual and craft-based approaches to explore collective and personal memory. Marasela concentrates on a new generation of South Africans whose relationship to their country's apartheid past is increasingly distant. Drawing on both apartheid's visual archive and her own memory, she re-interprets history and retells forgotten stories in order to find new ways to move forward. Botha's ingenious sculptural installations are marked by an adventurous approach to materials which sees maize meal replace stone as a sculptural material. Throughout his oeuvre Botha has interrogated the symbolic imagery of power and its ideological stranglehold. In 'Sublimation' Botha juxtaposes parquet floors with a endlessly rotating chandelier to symbolize middle class denialism, cracking open the repressed underside of the wealthy.

Lolo Veleko whose vivid, defiant and highly individualised photographs explore both personal and collective identities in our contemporary world will also exhibit here alongside Anawana Haloba (Zamibia) who presents video work.


Willem Boshoff

Willem Boshoff
SKOOB
installation detail

Billie Zangewa

Billie Zangewa
Christmas at the Ritz 2006
silk collage

Ina van Zyl

Ina van Zyl
Sweet Apples 2004
oil on canvas
 


US Art Gallery

Willem Boshoff will be creating a site-specific installation in this historic space. Boshoff investigates the scientific practises of classification and the supposedly rational basis of knowledge by creating an installation entitled SKOOB ('books' spelt backwards). The books are complex sculptural objects that indicate a search for order and clarity in a world in which words have lost their true meaning and power.

Hip young artist Robin Rhode will present a video installation which promises to extend this artist's fresh approach to artmaking. Color Chart is a street-savvy work that is both wonderfully comic and deadly serious, taking a fresh look at the haunting spectre of whiteness that continues to wield a psychological power. It incorporates diverse elements of performance, drawing, street art and graffiti through video.
Malawian-born Billie Zangewa's work uses embroidery and collage on fabric to create intimate and personal stories set in the urban environment. Using this medium she creates intimate and personal stories that reflect on urban tensions. Joining her is Ina van Zyl who presents three small oil paintings.


XCape


'XCape'

'XCape', the independent artist-led fringe of 'Cape '07', will operate in 90 venues across the Cape Town Unicity. The 280 participants will produce an eclectic mix of exhibitions, performances, interventions, events and happenings.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2

'XCape' has put together a recommended programme for visitors to see events:

Saturday March 31:
Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Langa and Stellenbosch
10am - 4pm
Circuit After Party: Kwa Mlamli
Gugulethu, NY 146
Tel: 084 435 8789

Wednesday April 4:
The CBD, Tamboerskloof and Foreshore
5pm - 10pm
Circuit After Party: Artheat
The Waiting Room, 3rd floor Royale Eatery, 273 Long Street, Cape Town
Tel: 079 493 6554 / (021) 422 4536
www.artheat.blogspot.com

Saturday April 14:
Observatory, Rosebank and Woodstock
10am - 10pm
Cicuit After Party: Bijou Factory Theatre
Corner Lower Main and Cole Street, Observatory
Tel: 083 721 3108

Saturday March 24: Salt River, Woodstock, Observatory
Bus Ride 10.30am – 2.30pm
Train Ride 10.45am
Tel: 082 093 5870

Saturday April 14: Salt River, Woodstock, Observatory
Taxi Loop 11am – 2.30pm
Train Ride 10.45am
Tel: 082 093 5870


Gerry Dixon

Gerry Dixon
Ex Nihilo
Lookout Hill
 


LANGA / GUGULETHU / KHAYELITSHA / STELLENBOSCH

'ReCenter' at Lookout Hill

Mario Pisarro curates 'ReCenter', a group exhibition comprising a range of visual arts media from artists Garth Erasmus, Randolph Hartzenburg, Xolile Mtakatya, Donovan Ward, Ernestine White and the curator himself. The exhibition explores notions of centre/periphery and posits that a more 'aggressive' approach to decentralization is required in order to shift perceptions of marginalization.

Open: March 24 – April 15, April 20 – April 21, April 27 – April 28


Marieke Kruger

Marieke Kruger
Wedding Feast I
Zest Restaurant
 


Marieke Kruger at Zest Restaurant

Recent Absa l'Atelier Award finalist Marieke Kruger presents a selection of large digital prints, litho prints and drawings that intertwine everyday personal experiences with universal biblical events and metaphors.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

'Akuchanyawa' at Kwa Mamli Shebeen

Using the Kwa Mlamli shebeen as a base, the Gugulective reignites the creative crossovers that fired the Drum era in a series of collaborative multimedia works.

Opens: March 31
Closes: April 6



 

'Landscapes of Love' at Sasol Art Museum

Amanda Botha curates 'Landscapes of Love' an exhibition that features Lien Botha, Jac de Villiers and Angéle Etoundi Essamba (Cameroon/Netherlands). All photographers, their work is defined by its intimacy, immediacy and emotional depth.

Opens: February 21
Closes: April 5



 

'Kwela Arts Festival' at Manyanani Peace Park

The 'Kwela Arts Festival' is a celebration of Khayelitsha's creative spirit that features more than 15 artists working in media from dance and music to design and visual arts.

Open: March 31



 

Chris Wait at the Sasol Art Museum

In 'The Other Side of the Tracks' Chris Wait presents two documentary films that depict the life and views of people living in communities on the edge of a fast developing, modern town. Those marginalised by urbanisation, fragmentation and polarisation in contemporary society are allowed a voice.

Open: March 24, 29 and 31, April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28


Damien Schumann

Damien Schumann
Dialogues – Understanding Tuberculosis
The Show House
 


Damien Schumann at the Show House

In 'Dialogues – Understanding Tuberculosis' Damien Schumann offers a deeply personal interpretation of living with TB by showing intimate detailed portraits of patients along with their handwritten texts.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 6



 

'Group Exhibition' at the Dorp Street Gallery

This group show brings together a selection of contemporary Stellenbosch artists working in a variety of media.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

Tamsin Relly at Guga'Sthebe

Tamsin Relly steps out of her inner-city comfort zone and takes her spontaneous real-time portraiture to Langa. Visitors are invited to participate by sitting for a portrait or contributing to the project journal.

Opens: March 27
Closes: May 5



 

Mary-Ann Orr at the Mary-Ann Orr Gallery and Art Studio

In 'Trance-Formation: Images of San Cosmology' Mary-Ann Orr uses recycling techniques to present an exhibition of tapestries, paintings and sculptures that depict transformation.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2


Minnette Vári

Minnette Vári
Vigil 2007
digital video installation
Michael Stevenson
 


FORESHORE / WATERKANT / CBD

'Afterlife' at Michael Stevenson

Sophie Perryer curates 'Afterlife', an exhibition that explores the nebulous zones where the material and spiritual realms intersect. The selected works reflect on such phenomena as passage or transition from one state of being to another, communication with the spirits or ancestors, rebirth and reincarnation. The selected artists include Wim Botha, Ângela Ferreira, Moshekwa Langa, Mustafa Maluka, Nandipha Mntambo, Samson Mudzunga, Claudette Schreuders, Minnette Vári, James Webb and French/Algerian artist Zineb Sedira.

Opens: March 22
Closes: April 28


Roderick Sauls

Roderick Sauls
Untitled (detail) 2006
mixed media
Erdmann Contemporary
 


Riempie Vasmaak' at Erdmann Contemporary

Renowned South African artists Manfred Zylla, Roderick Sauls, Garth Erasmus and Andrew Emdon explore the Afrikaans term 'riempie vasmaak' ('strap, fasten, tie') as a metaphor for an artistic process that celebrates both communal and individual freedom. Local filmmaker Emdon provides documentation of the putting together of the exhibition in both its conceptualisation and production phases.

Opens: February 28
Closes: March 31


Dorothy Kreutzfeldt

Dorothy Kreutzfeldt
Walldrawing 2006
João Ferreira
 


Dorothee Kreutzfeldt at João Ferreira

In 'the virgins are all trimming their wicks' painter Dorothee Kreutzfeldt documents 'the attempt of an insomniac to memorise some song lines and some of today's images'. This is Kreutzfeldt's third solo exhibition at the João Ferreira gallery. Athough well known for her paintings, Johannesburg-based Kreutzfeldt has been involved in several community-based initiatives such as the Joubert Park Project and a project she ran with Johannesburg signwriters.

Opens: March 7
Closes: March 28


Cameron Platter

Cameron Platter
Kwakulekisa (it was funny) 2007
detail of room installation
Bell-Roberts Contemporary
 


Cameron Platter at Bell-Roberts

Capetonian Cameron Platter presents his third solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts with an installation of new work entitled 'kwakulekisa' ('it was funny'). In the past he has made several animated films, drawings and prints and more recently a series of sculptures. Platter's work was received with great acclaim at Art Miami recently.

Opens: March 7
Closes: March 31


blank projects

Make your mark 2007
blank projects
 


The blank paper projects at blank projects

For the blank paper project, blank projects will become an open studio. And a dynamic installation, comprising of a working table, a pile of paper and pencils. Artists are invited to make drawings on the paper between 1pm and 5pm daily, the results of which will be hung on the walls of the space. An assistant will be on hand to sharpen pencils. At the end of the show, the drawings will be bound into a book, 'blank paper 2007'.

Opens: March 22
Closes: April 10


Barend de Wet

Barend de Wet
blank projects
 


'Steek' at blank projects

Cult writer Chuck Palahniuk once said: 'the fun part about crafts is they're so easy to make while you watch TV'. Liza Grobler and Barend De Wet seem to have reached a similar conclusion. In 'Steek' they stitch imagery culled from contemporary pop and media culture into cutting-edge embroideries that unpick high/low art divisions.

Opens: April 13
Closes: May 2



 

'Artthrob Art Party' at Worldart

The website ArtThrob will host a small party at Worldart in Church Street. Meet the editors, view the Editions for ArtThrob prints from such artists as Robert Hodgins, Guy Tillim, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Penny Siopis, Mikhael Subotzky, Tracey Rose  and Lolo Veleko - including a brand new print offering
from Jane Alexander.

For more information phone Shelley at 083 524 1672, or email: admin@artthrob.co.za

Opens: March 26, 6pm



 

'There's a Man Going Around Taking Names' at João Ferreira

Dorothy Kreutzfeldt and Simon Gush present a 12 hour projection/installation that can be viewed from the gallery's exterior. 'Ranger Circle' focuses on game rangers in South Africa's Kruger National Park to address the impact of colonization, and the recent 'liberation wars' in Africa and the movement of people between national borders.

Open: March 27, 7am – 7pm


Julia Rose-Clarke

Julia Rose-Clarke 2007
 


'Hypocrite's Lament' by Julia Rose-Clark at João Ferreira

"I tried to stare into the bright light. The voice said 'this is your future, all you need to do is give up everything you know and this will be yours'. I trembled. I wanted to do as the voice said -just to get rid of it- but I knew it would be imposible for me to quit. All I could do was wait for the end."

In this room-sized installation, Clark romanticises and bemoans our millenial obsession with The End, nasty weather, happiness and Modernity. Using her usual mixture of found and reconstituted bits and pieces, the work acts as an evolving diagram, in part illustrating the artist's desire to understand the moment between denial and surrender.

There will also be a number of email based text pieces leading up to the show.

Opens: April 4
Closes: April 24


Suzanne du Preez

Suzanne du Preez
Boundaries
Buitengracht stone wall
 


Suzanne du Preez at the Buitengracht stone wall

Suzanne du Preez presents a site-specific installation that investigates social, cultural and personal boundaries, specifically within the fragmented social and urban fabric of Cape Town. Using second-hand jerseys that are deconstructed and then reconstructed, she weaves a solid knitted wall that is placed along the invisible boundary line between the Cape Town CBD and Bokaap.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 7


Lawrence Lemoana

Lawrence Lemoana
I love you positive or negative
Alliance Française du Cap Gallery
 


Lawrence Lemoana at Alliance Française

In 'Player of Colours', Lawrence Lemoana, the 2005 Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winner, presents paintings, cushions and sculptures which probe his complex identity as an artist, a black South African male and a rugby player. Combining fast-witted irony, camp aesthetics and crafty kitsch humour, these works effortlessly tackle masculine themes such as identity, sexuality and history.

Opens: March 29
Closes: April 18


XChange

the Um(u)thi initiative
XChange
Heritage Square
 


'XChange' at Heritage Square

Multimedia designer Asta Olga, performance artist Mpho Masilela and visual and performance artist Hannah Loewenthal collaborate on this interactive inner-city intervention that combines live movement, projected multimedia visuals and dialogue with pedestrians and motorists. The work aims to highlight the urban space as an interactive autonomous zone by provoking new and unexpected exchanges.

Open: March 25, 28 and 31


Petra Keinhorst

Petra Keinhorst
Lost Logbooks of Wax Boat

Cape Town International Convention Centre / canal pools
Cape of Good Hope Castle / moat
 


Petra Keinhorst at the CTICC and the Castle

In 'Lost Logbooks of Wax Boat Floating Half Sunk' Petra Keinhorst presents a temporary public installation that explores memory and perception. A wax boat floats half sunk in the canal pools of the Convention Square and the Castle Moat, its hull filled with scattered wax books, indicating one of many stories of failure or disappearance happening too often along the shores of African realities.

Opens: March 25
Closes: April 1



 

'Making Space' at Castle of Good Hope

A diverse group of visual artists - operating as the GoodHopeArt Studio express their personal mythology and interpret the concept of SPACE using various media including painting, drawing, print making, mixed media and installation works.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 27



 

Myer Traub at what if the world…

Cultural activist and impresario Myer Taub combines live art and performance with interactive narratives, maps, hidden treasures and political dynamics in this once-off event held at What if the World and two other undisclosed sites. Titled 'Injunction', it aims to serve a firm warning to the city of Cape Town about its dubious maternal status.

Open: April 4, 6pm – 10pm


Elizabeth Gunter

Elizabeth Gunter
Hippo 2007
Charcoal on paper
Erdmann Contemporary
 


Elizabeth Gunter at Erdmann Contemporary

Artist and lecturer Elizabeth Gunter's finely rendered charcoal drawings combine ambiguous symbolic iconography and virtuoso technique. Loot sees a highly personal exploration of the signification of the animal in constructing symbolic identity.

Opens: April 4
Closes: April 28


Tamlin Blake

Tamlin Blake
Chickens
Bell-Roberts Contemporary
 


Tamlin Blake at Bell-Roberts

Tamlin Blake's poetic and political oeuvre is realised in diverse and often marginalised media, including sewing, embroidery and beadwork. In 'Birthright' she contrasts disturbing imagery drawn from commercial farming and ritual practises of slaughter with the seductive beauty of her materials to create deft explorations into historical value systems and cultural identity.

Opens: April 4
Closes: April 28


Vaughn Sadie

Vaughn Sadie
100m Sprint 2006
installation detail
AVA
 


'From Here to There' at the AVA

Artist and curator of the DUT Gallery Nontobeko Ntombela and Storm Janse Van Rensburg, former KZNSA curator, now working for Goodman Gallery Cape, curate this group exhibition featuring recent works by contemporary artists living and working in KwaZulu Natal in order to explore the contextual shifts that 'representative exhibitions' provoke. Works included range from subtle subversions of KwaZulu Natal's rich craft traditions (Clive Sithole), to socially provocative video interventions (Doung Anwar Jahangeer) and deeply personal prints (Gabisile Nkosi).

Opens: March 26
Closes: April 13


Kurt Campbell

Kurt Campbell
Vessel Headrest
Worldart
 


Kurt Campbell at Worldart

Combining visionary, conceptual and craft approaches, Kurt Campbell creates sculptures and prints that explore the uneasy relationship between coloniser and colonised. In 'Fever-Sleep' he inserts 'colonial materials' like bullets, nails and coins into traditional African headrests to create bristling, visceral works that disrupt these objects' traditional use.

Opens: April 30
Closes: May 2


Peter van Heerden

Peter van Heerden
6 Minutes
detail of live art installation
Erf 81 Farm
 


'Erf 81' at erf 81 Farm

A series of provocative site specific installations, interventions and performances that see the erf [81] Cultural Collective combine performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and projection, with unimasa, potjies, animals and drinks to draw attention to and reinterpret now dormant sites of militarization and conflict in Cape Town's history.

Open: March 28, 6pm – 9pm



 

'Cipher and Cynopolis' at AVA

UK-based photographer Chris Webster continues his ongoing exploration into the unconscious through darkly mysterious, fragmented photographic assemblages in 'Cipher', while painter Gretchen van der Byl combines technical precision with an uncanny poetic insight in 'Cynopolis'.

Opens: April 16
Closes: May 5


Dale Yudelman

Dale Yudelman
Silver Man
Jo'burg Bar Gallery
 


Dale Yudelman at Jo'burg Bar

Imbued with story-telling innuendo, satirical humour and social commentary, 'Reality Bytes' an exhibition by acclaimed photographer Dale Yudelman embraces fictive 'truths' aimed at provoking the assumptive mind.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2


James Seigel

James Seigel
Thai Soy
Freida's Café
 


James Seigel at Freida's Café

In 'Treasure in a Teacup' James Seigel explores the small details, subtle nuances and hidden beauty that make up contemporary reality. Through his travels he documents and presents fresh insights into the small treasures that we so often take for granted.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

'SAarts Emerging' at Vega

Upstart Joburg art website www.saartsemerging.org presents the work of a variety of successful early career artists working in range of media and contexts. Expect to see the likes of Asha Zero, Simon Gush, Bronwyn Lace, Colleen Alborough, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Ismail Farouk, Nathaniel Stern, Rat Western and more. Workshops looking at methods of representing oneself as an artist online take place on 28 and 29 of March.

Opens: March 27
Workshops: March 28, 29 10am -12pm



 

'Document 2' at The Loop

Using a wide range of artistic and theatrical elements, 'Document 2' explores the multiplicity and complexity of Southern Africa society and culture. Created by youth-based Khayelitsha theatre initiative, Ighude Theatre Productions, it offers an uplifting example of how diversity can build a strong nation.

Open: March 30, April 6, 8pm



 

'Voyage Ensemble II' at Scalabrini Centre

The 'Voyage Ensemble' exhibition curated by Sylvie Groschatau-Philips reflects the movement of African people and their cultures. Featuring the individual work of 5 professional artists from Congo, Burundi and Mozambique alongside 6 South African artists, it aims to foster exchange and challenge xenophobia.

Opens: March 29
Closes: April 7


21st century

EVOL, Hectic on Hope
 


'21st Century Animal' at EVOL

Created by a free trade network of hybrid collaborators, this performance of 'raw scenes from 21st Century Animal' fuse music, dance, theatre and digital cinema. Utilising an aesthetic that values fragments and unexpected juxtapositions it provoke manifestations of extra-ordinary realities, drawn from our 'big time sensuality and ecological lore'.

Open: March 30, 10pm – 11pm



 

'The Brown Europe Pageant / Round One' at Bell-Roberts

'The Brown Europe Pageant' comprises stylised video profiles, with accompanying photographs and design prints,that examine identity in terms of the constant creolisation of culture. Featuring women of colour from across Europe it looks towards the 'Age of the Flipside', a new future that transcends current black-white, coloniser-colonised binary divisions.

Opens: April 14
Closes: May 9


Pieter Badenhorst

Pieter Badenhorst
Sasol in Albert Rd Woodstock 2006
Paddy's Service Station
 


Pieter Badenhorst at Paddy's Petrol Station

The embassies of global oil giants, policed by a uniformed army, lit up like movie sets, open 24/7. South Africa's service stations have become oasis' for a middle class terrified by the nocturnal, urban landscape. Photographer Pieter Badenhorst captures this world in his 'Oasis' photographic installations shown at service stations throughout the City Bowl.

Opens: March 29
Closes: April 24



 

Five Faces of Modern South East Asia at VEO

Featuring original work by five Balinese contemporary artists, 'Five Faces of Modern South East Asia' explores the changes that have taken place in the region in recent years. The exhibition also highlights the move towards more expressionistic and abstract modes of artistic representation among the new generation of Balinese artists.

Opens: April 12
Closes: April 23



 

Carolyn Parton at Hippocampus

In 'Release' artist and designer Carolyn Parton explores the three-dimensional sculptural possibilities of paint. The works on show consist solely of paint released from a surface support and suspended from carbon-fibre rods.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

'I am because you are' at The Loop

This multimedia fundraising art happening celebrates ubuntu by bringing together artists from different cultures and genres. Expect Indian sounds from vocalist Vikram Hazra, along with irie vibes, transkanda sounds, fusion dance and soulful songs by local artists. Funds raised will contribute to projects implemented by the International Association of Human Values.

Opens: March 27, 7pm



 

'The Lovestick Collective' at The Bin

Combining the talents of Justin, Loveme and Motel 7, street art and design collective, 'The Lovestick Collective' have developed a reputation as one of the Mother City's hottest new creative crews. Expect a fashion, pop-culture and art mash-up that blends wicked humour with tight skills and a street-savvy improvised flair.

Opens: April 8
Closes: May 2



 

'Grassgrassgrass' at Thibault Square

Grass is typically suburban and domestic: tamed, prescribed and controlled. Here it finds itself a new form, which invites interpretation and lends itself to a fresh reading. In a series of site specific urban interventions the greenery of suburbia confronts and meets the city with specific randomness.

Opens: April 4
Closes: April 6



 

'Who Are They Really?' at 38 Special

This wide-ranging group show sees Cape Town artists Alessandra Desole, Janet Ranson, Kate Smith, Michael Goldberg, Selvyn November and Xolile Mtaktya come together to explore their influences and inspirations. Expect diverse process-driven, self-reflective works that range from the humorous to the heroic, presented in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography and installation.

Opens: March 31
Closes: April 19



 

'Hot Not Café' at Saint Stephens Church

For most of its history, Heritage Square (formerly known as Hottentot Square) has been a place of gathering and celebration. Every Thursday evening during 'XCape', Hot Not Café will bring this tradition back to life on the site of the city's first theatre, Saint Stephen's Church, with an open market for the arts, featuring artists remixing stories and images from Cape Town's invisible histories. Visitors are also invited to participate in Hot Not Café's open-mic evenings of sound, video, and performance every Thursdays from sundown.

Opens: April 4



 

Steve Bandoma at erf [81] Farm

In 'The War' Steve Bandoma, a refugee and artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, draws on his personal experience in this expressive performance work, created as a reaction to the injustices of the world and the suffering of innocent lives.

Open: March 28, 6pm – 9pm



 

Dathini Mzayiya at erf [81] Farm

In 'The Journey Continues' Dathini Mzayiya skilfully blends graphic, gestural and painterly sensibilities in his expressive figure drawing. For this exhibition he makes visible and challenges the binaries that haunt society: right/ wrong, good/ bad, left/ right, black/ white.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

Sharon Peers at 3rd i Gallery

Photographer Sharon Peers showcases her take on the ordinary, in an exhibition of images that challenge perception.

Opens: February 21
Closes: March 31



 

'Modern Russian Painting' at 3rd i Gallery

This exhibition of modern Russian paintings by a selection of established artists presents a thought-provoking look at contemporary life in this post-communist country. The show runs alongside the Russian Film Festival.

Opens: April 5
Closes: April 26



 

'Talking Images IV' at Bio Café

In these three live exhibitions, projections of the personal photographic portfolios of a selection of famous and upcoming photographers are presented to live audiences, who are invited to respond. Each event features a new exciting series and single images in a diversity of different photographic genres – from fine art to photojournalism.

Open: March 26, April 16 and 30, 7.30pm



 

Daya Heller at erf [81] Farm

In 'Home' Heller presents a body of work that investigates the human body as a site for the meeting point of the physical and the divine. Based on cycles of life and death, journey, process and transformation, it juxtaposes inanimate figurative sculpture with the live bodies that occupy the same space.

Opens: March 28
Closes: May 5



 

'Live Audio Drama Conclave' at Labia on Orange

Several dynamic Western Cape collectives present live audio drama, a provocative but entertaining live performance genre that combines narratives skills with sound effects, music, miming and voice acting, while inviting audience participation.

Opens: April 21, 11am



 

'The Life and Work of Petrovic Petar' at Intimate Theatre

'The Life and Work of Petrovic Petar' is a multimedia performance piece that takes audiences on a tour of Africa through the eyes of its protagonist, a European refugee in Africa. Questions of race, identity, history, geography, sexuality, pop culture and tradition all blend in this tragic-comic encounter.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 7



 

'Bridging the Gap' at The Spearhead

This group exhibition brings together three South African artists - German Mahlase, Vuysani Migijima and Charles Maleka - who create their own visual language to communicate their experiences and sensations to the viewer. The work on show includes painting and pottery that ranges from the abstract to the representational.

Opens: February 5
Closes: May 2



 

Jonathan Basckin at Howzitchina Galleries

After successful exhibitions in London and Beijing, Cape Town pilot and photographer Jonathan Basckin presents a new body of graphic, abstract arial vistas that highlight the tensions and exchanges between culture and nature. 'Abstract by Nature Two' includes his Tankwa Schools Project, which adds an important on-the-ground human counterpoint to his work's abstract seductive force.

Opens: March 20
Closes: May 5


Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker
The Blue Collar Girl (Cape Town) 2004
Lambda print and diasec
54.5 x 241.5cm
João Ferreira
 


'Group Show' at João Ferreira

The João Ferreira Gallery has a reputation for presenting a diverse, commercially smart but conceptually strong and defiantly edgy artistic dossier. In 'Group Show' they bring together works from recent exhibitions by artists including Bridget Baker, Alan Alborough, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Egon Tania, Eleonora Rossi, Mark Hipper, Tracey Lindner Gander, Tom Cullberg and Dave Southwood.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

Sasha Hartslief at Everard Read

In 'Windows' Sasha Hartslief observes and investigates the underbelly of Cape Town's urban life. Her broad brushstrokes and rich palette render people and places suspended in moments of introspection.

Opens: April 26
Closes: May 10


Cobus van Bosch

Cobus van Bosch
34Long
 


Cobus van Bosch at 34Long

In 'March', Cobus van Bosch explores/exploits the visuality of public performance in a thoughtful series of paintings – from cavalcading 'klopse' troops, to protest marches and striking workers – to construct various Southern African moments. Using suppressed, grainy brush strokes and uneasily cropped compositions he captures the chaotic borderland where identity is lost to the energy of the abstract group.

Opens: March 6
Closes: March 31



 

'Size Matters' at 34Long

Working from the premise that 'size does matter', 34Long brings together the largest and the smallest works by artists in their stable. From tiny works with big impact to intimate large works, the exhibition reacts against the disappearance of the discourse of 'size' in an electronic age where the screen reduces everything to equal dimensions.

Opens: March 6
Closes: March 31


Gavin Rain

Gavin Rain
She got the job, detail
Worldart
 


'Elements of Texture' at Worldart

Gavin Rain, Richard Scott, Russel Travis, Varneka Paschke combine familiar and innovative painting methods in order to create a reality that both reflects contemporary society and provokes viewers to see it afresh.

Opens: March 28
Closes: April 28



 

'Shades' at The Bin

From Ray Ban Wayfarers to mirror shades, oversized plastic kitsch to apartheid-era police sonbrille – 'nothing captures a zeitgeist quite like sunglasses'. The Bin taps into this with a museumological display of 70's and 80's sunglasses ranging in style, shape and look. All shades are for sale.

Opens: March 4
Closes: March 28



 

'Potart' at 34Long

The starkly elegant shapes, beautiful surfaces and high esteem in which clay pots are held in Zulu culture have, with justification, attracted the attention of collectors world-wide. This exhibition includes only pots that were originally used in domestic contexts. Among them are revered ceremonial vessels and exciting contemporary examples.

Opens: April 3
Closes: May 5



 

'The Lion and the Jackal' at The Loop

This group exhibition, featuring photographs taken by ordinary people, aims to explore the potential for a visionary perspective of society: 'a living story, a thread of in-between-ness, of happenings together' that maps the movement of peace though Africa. Also on show are artwork created during an artist workshop focussed on the power of breath.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 16


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
La Sainte Vierge 57 2004
indian ink on paper
200 x 140cm
Goodman Gallery Cape
 


WOODSTOCK / OBSERVATORY / SALT RIVER / RONDEBOSCH

'Lift off Part I' at Goodman Gallery Cape

'Lift off Part I' is the inaugural exhibition of the Goodman Gallery Cape. A decade after the first 'Lift Off' exhibition at the launch of the new Goodman Gallery premises in Johannesburg, gallerist Linda Givon has invited many of the original artists to participate in the debut of her Cape Town venture. The show features Willie Bester, Norman Catherine, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Penny Siopis and Sue Williamson.

Opens: March 22
Closes: April 28


Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson & Pat Ward Williams
Comfort Zones 2006
Video installation still
Salt Project Room
 


'Comfort Zones' at Salt Project Room

Salt, a new independent project space, presents its inaugural exhibition, 'Comfort Zones', an interactive digital video collaboration between Sue Williamson and US artist Pat Ward Williams. In frank interviews, South Africans and Americans reveal their feelings on the touchy issue of race, racial attitudes and the possibility of forgiveness.

Opens: March 23, 6-8pm
Closes: April 28


Sanell Aggenbach

Sanell Aggenbach
Three Men
Van Kalker Photography Studio
 


Sanell Aggenbach at Van Kalker Photography Studio

Sanell Aggenbach's installations, paintings and prints deal with our shifting cultural heritage, memory and social history. In this new body of work entitled 'Perfectly Still' she draws on images sourced from Van Kalker, a community photographer who documented Woodstock, where Aggenbach lives, from 1937 till the late 1970's. Some of the original photographic prints will also be displayed separately.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

Bijou Factory Theatre

The Bijou Factory, a space and a dance theatre company run by French director Sarah Lefevbre, team up with Mlu Zondi's award winning experimental company, Sololique Projects and Citibird Creative Arts to present an exciting programme of theatre, dance, multimedia, poetry and party sounds.

Opens: April 5, 8.30pm – 12pm
Closes: April 14



 

'Van Kalker Photographers' at Van Kalker Photography Studio

This exhibition features a host black and white prints of studio portraits, drawn from a collection of 200 000 negatives dating back to 1937, captured at this landmark venue. The work on show highlights the changing relationship between photographer and subject and offers insight into Cape heritage.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 5


Lizza Littlewort

Lizza Littlewort
Pawns 2007
oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm
what if the world...
 


Lizza Littlewort at what if the world…

In 'White Elephant' Littlewort examines the unlovely fact of white identity in contemporary South Africa. Her canvases point to a similarity between the redundant white elephant and the position of a local white artist. Littlewort is fast becoming one of the city's more prolific artists, with this being her third show in several months.

Opens: March 28
Closes: April 8


Kate Gottgen

Kate Gottgen
Irma Stern Museum
 


Kate Gottens at Irma Stern Museum

Kate Gottgen's exhibition 'Little Deaths' denotes death, not as the grand finale to life's linear narrative but as a liminal 'in between' phase. Featuring expressive painted works that combine unconscious and abstract imagery, it is an exhibition about preservation – focussing on the irony that the desire to preserve presupposes the fear and inevitability of change and loss.

Opens: March 7
Closes: April 7


Zhané Warren

Zhané Warren
In a Day
performance
Bijou Studios
 


Zhané Warren at Bijou Studios

Rather than leaving HIV/AIDS to politicians and social workers, Zhané Warren has resurrected South Africa's legacy of artistic social engagement in a performance piece focused on the devastating speed of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 'In a Day' combines cold statistical data with intimate bodily performance, which creates an aesthetically vivid yet starkly shocking image of the spread of the virus today.

Opens: March 24, 2pm



 

'Open Studios' at Bijou Studios

Artists from the Bijou Artist Studios including Liza Grobler, Norman O`Flynn, Matthew Farrell, Pierre Fouche and Tina Jensen team up with guest artists Marna Hattingh, Jeanne Hoffman and Tokyo Beach to show mixed media installation, sculpture and 2D works. Expect a playful blend of crafty, irreverent wit, quirky humour and poignant insights.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 14



 

'Open Studios' at Greatmore Studios

Greatmore Studios brings together artists from diverse cultural and national backgrounds in a working environment that encourages cooperation, interaction, mentoring and cultural exchange. They will be hosting open studios where visiting artists exhibit their work-in-progress alongside works by resident artists. In addition they are hosting a range of artist workshop during April.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 26



 

'Open Studio' at 55 Scott Road

This open studio gives visitors the opportunity to step into the darkly comic world of artist Frank van Reenen and Tracy Lee Lynch. Van Reenen is acclaimed for his profound pop-noir sculptures, prints and comics that reflect the absurdity, horror and wit of contemporary society, while Lynch reflects on our subliminal tensions, fears and desires in her highly decorative works.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 6



 

Ivor Sias at Greatmore Studios

'Longing and Belonging' is the focus of Ivor Sias' exhibition of mixed media paintings. Drawing on his previous experiences in exile, he asks: does one have to belong to any particular culture or group in order to feel at home? The emotional, socio-political and psychosexual states of exile all cohere here, in expressive layers of painting, pigment, colour and collage.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 26



 

'Michaelis Student Show' at Centre for African Studies

Student exhibitions provide the unique opportunity to take stock of emerging contemporary trends produced away from the harsh economic realities of the art market. With that in mind this group fundraising show features new works by Michaelis fourth year students working in a range of media, promises to provide provocative and fresh artistic insights into contemporary life and the practice of art in Africa today.

Opens: March 28
Closes: May 2



 

'Inter(face) Southern Africa' at Baxter Theatre

'Inter(face) Southern Africa: Engaging Our Lived Realities' is an exhibition of student work which recently featured at the Venice Biennale 2006. This work explores the local urban condition through the themes of dwelling, street and design.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 6



 

'Africa My Home' at The Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre

Artist Brad Bailey teams up with street-smart, hip-hop crew Ill-Literate-Skill to explore identity, family and community. Bailey will be showing vibrant mixed media paintings and craft works that use personal experiences to explore broader social issues, while Ill-Literate-Skill combine sharp wit with socially conscious intelligence to both provoke and evoke.

Opens: April 20
Closes: April 21



 

Jacqui Griffin-Jones at Irma Stern Museum

Grahamstown-based painter Jacqui Griffin-Jones shows painting inspired by and based on the landscapes and figures of the Eastern Cape.

Opens: April 18
Closes: May 5



 

'Searle Street Writers Bench' at Searle Street Park

Hosted by Mantis (South Africa) and Seemsoe (Germany), 'Searle Street Writers Bench' is a traditional writers' bench and park jam, showcasing local mural artist/ graffiti writers, as well as break-dancers, dj's and more. Also watch out for the rumoured launch of a monumental Nelson Mandela mural somewhere in the heart of the CBD.

Open: April 14



 

Andrew McIlleron at Exposure Gallery

In 'Ashes' photographer Andrew McIlleron exhibitions a series of photographic prints, on cotton rag paper, which expose the aftermath of a shack fire in Joe Slovo (2006). Combining stark authenticity with subtle emotive insights, they bring to light the hidden political and social systems that cause shack fires.

Opens: April 13
Closes: April 26



 

Zander Bloom at what if the world…

Music and visual art collide in Johannesburg based artist Zander Blom's new installation 'The Drain of Progress'. Featuring his trademark pop-edged graphic drawings and prints, the exhibition coincides with the release of his second album, 'Empty Vessels', an amalgam of adventurous audio compositions which follow the visual development of the drawings and prints towards a 'perverse and ironic embrace of Modernist abstraction'.

Opens: April 11
Closes: May 5



 

Mwenya Kabwe at Graca Machel Residence

In this solo performance combining text, movement and installation, Mwenya Kabwe engages audiences in conversations about life in general and Africa in particular. 'Negative Space' is about Afropolitan not as an abstract condition, but as a valid way of being; about dislocation, restlessness, entanglement, xenophobia and migration; about home and transit - but mostly a conversation about suitcases.

Opens: March 30, 6.30pm



 

'Work in Progress' at 8 Lytton Street

Jane Eppel, Leeann Ormandy Boulter, Gabrielle Raaff and Kurt Pio open up their shared studio space for an informal group exhibition.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April 6



 

'Africa Adorned' at 8 Hares Ave

Combining the traditional and the contemporary, art and design, 'Africa Adorned' celebrates the diversity of Africa through jewellery, wooden sculptures and furniture.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2



 

OUTLYING AREAS

'Like a Thief' at Centre for Performing Arts

Who or what is criminality in South Africa today? That's the big question at the heart of this dynamic physical theatre piece. Essentially the story of two brothers – the thief and the business man - it deconstructs the binary divisions between victim and perpetrator, to present a complicated, disturbing but still amusing portrait of contemporary South Africa.

Open: April 14, 3pm and 7pm



 

Melanie Scholtz at Villa Pascal

Jazz songbird Melanie Scholtz fuses Afro, Euro, jazz, blues and pop influences into thought-provoking smooth and soulful urban tunes in this performance of original material off her debut album, 'Zillion Miles' launched last August.

Open: March 24, 7pm



 

'Fibreworks Ten' at Nova Constantia Cellars

This exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Fibreworks Group, a collective of artists who use fibres and textiles as their predominant materials of expression. The show features diverse mix media works that combine mature design aesthetics with freshness and unpredictability.

Opens: April 7
Closes: April 28


Churchill Madikida

Churchill Madikida
Like Father Like Son? 2006
installation detail
 


Churchill Madikida at Iziko SANG

Churchill Madikida, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2006 Award, presents his travelling show 'Like Father Like Son?' The exhibition is a journey of exploration, examining the psychological consequences of the artist's first encounter with his father whom he believed had died decades earlier.

Opens: March 24
Closes: May 2


Icebox
 

'Icebox' at Bell-Roberts CUBE Gallery

An international line-up of sound painters, picture mixers and media hackers aims to challenge viewers with eerie soundscapes and abstract electronica. This exhibition forms part of the Liquid Fridge collaborative festival of creativity in audio/visual art. The show will be hosted in the newly name CUBE selection of the Bell-Roberts complex on Bree Street.

Opens: March 1
Closes: March 10


Ruth Sacks

Ruth Sacks
Please Don't (detail) 2004/5
engraved stools
60 cm high
 


'Come' at Michaelis Gallery

'Come' is an exhibition of work by students currently completing their Master's degrees at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. The exhibition includes a few already established Capetonian artists and also promises some exciting new talent. The work on show traverses media from painting to video, with themes ranging from the nostalgic to the political, playful to the austere and reverent to the obscene.

Participating artists include Jake Aikman, Jenny Altshuler, Stuart Bird, Justin Brett, Pieter Cilliers, Renée Holleman, Nandipha Mntambo, Andrzej Nowicki, Ruth Sacks, Linda Stupart, Karina Simonson, Lorraine Khoury and Barbara Wildenboer. Following its run here, the show moves on to Durban's KZNSA.

Opens: March 5
Closes: March 16


Ulrich Apt the Elder

Ulrich Apt the Elder
The Crucifixion 16th century
 


'Fabrications' at Iziko SANG

'Fabrications', an ongoing exhibition drawing on the gallery's permanent collection, examines the ways in which artists have creatively used, painted or sculpted approximations of fabric and costume in their work, revealing surprising insights into social history as well as the artistic process.


Sandy Coffey

Sandy Coffey
What isON 2006
Polaroid type 55 photographs
83 x 115.4 cm
 


Sandy Coffey at The Old Mill Gallery

In 'What is... ' Sandy Coffey examines the effects of trauma and loss in a black and white photographic study. Each photograph is underpinned by an intensive interviewing process with the trauma sufferer whose words accompany each image.

Opens: March 8
Closes: March 31


Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
Don't stand me down 2006
oil on canvas
183 x 133cm
 


Mustafa Maluka at Michael Stevenson

Mustafa Maluka this month follows up his previous solo of portraits at Michael Stevenson with new paintings. The exhibition marks a busy year: Maluka was selected to participate on the seventh São Paulo Bienal, he conducted a residency in northern Scotland and his work was included on a three-person show in Copenhagen. He will also be represented later this month at the Armory Show, the International Fair of New Art in New York.

Opens: February 15
Closes: March 17


Corlie de Kock Corlie de Kock
Contemplation 2006
charcoal on A2 Fabriano

Corlie de Kock Corlie de Kock
Flight 2006
charcoal on A2 Fabriano
 


Corlie de Kock and Collin Albertus at Rust-en-Vrede

Corlie de Kock, an MA Fine Art graduate of Stellenbosch University, focuses on the political in personal or family relationships, which tells its own story. Her drawings and oil paintings are of subtle moments, or fragments, which the viewer can interpret drawing on their own experiences. De Kock uses a chiaroscuro drawing style that becomes a metaphor for the passing of time and history: marks are made, rubbed out and made again as history is written and re-written.

Alongside is a small exhibition of 15 photographic images on canvas by Collin Albertus, called 'Rituals of Love and Lust'.

Opens: 7pm, February 13
Closes: March 8


Philippe Marinig

Philippe Marinig
Be kind to me 2005
C print lightjet
60 x 80cm
 


Philippe Marinig at Alliance Française du Cap

Pleasure-seekers in today's world have a range of artificial highs to choose from but it is natural ecstasy - without any chemical ingredients - that interests photographer Philippe Marinig. His exhibition title, 'Natural Ecstasy', evokes pleasurable states of mind and his series of photographs aims to capture sensuous feelings of pleasure. This is achieved primarily through aerial photographs, where forms 'seem to slip and slideON Everything is in a continuous state of flux, an ebb and flow ready to meet.'

Marinig, who grew up in the south of France, has studied in Boston and worked in Paris. In 1992, he established a photographic studio in South Africa.

Opens: 6.30pm, February 8
Closes: March 14


Jason Klimatsas

Jason Klimatsas
Untitled
 


Jason Klimatsas at blank projects

Jason Klimatsas, a Swiss artist, is currently completing a three-month residency organised by Pro Helvetia in Cape Town. He works with a variety of media from photography to painting, sculpture and installation. At blank projects, he has created 'a work which moves between sculpture and installation and that explores two- and three-dimensionality'.

Opens: February 28
Closes: March 17


Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Democracy is Forever, 2003
photograph
 


Santu Mofokeng at Iziko SANG

A survey show called 'Invoice' of the work of photographer Santu Mofokeng at Iziko SANG includes photographs from nearly all his major bodies of work produced between 1982 and 2006. The exhibition is hosted in partnership with Gallery Momo in Johannesburg and Autograph ABP in London.

Mofokeng began working as a street photographer and in the mid-80s he joined the Afripix Collective agency. Pam Warne, curator of photography and new media at SANG, says of his work: 'From an early stage, Mofokeng exhibited an independent approach and produced images that refuse to be overtly political but nonetheless contain a fundamental political dimension.'

Mofokeng has held solo shows in Johannesburg and London and recently participated in the international exhibition 'Africa Remix' as well as Beijing's Forbidden City International Photography Festival. He has received numerous awards and exhibited extensively in Europe and elsewhere.

Opens: December 2
Closes: May 2, 2007


Penny Siopis WIDTH=

Penny Siopis
Baby in Red 2002
cibachrome photograph
 


'Embracing HIV/Aids' at Iziko SANG

'Embracing HIV/Aids', which opens on International Aids Day, showcases a substantial body of new work around the impact of HIV/Aids on the country. Artists featured include Kim Berman, David Goldblatt, Churchill Madikida, Berni Searle, Clive van den Berg, Diane Victor and Zapiro, and media range from photography to sculpture, paintings and drawings. Works previously acquired (Goldblatt, Gideon Mendel, Penny Siopis and Hentie van der Merwe) are also included.

Says Iziko SANG of the exhibition: 'As with many previous projects, the exhibition Embracing HIV/Aids will be a point of departure for education programmes and special walkabouts. It will draw NGOs into our work and vision and sensitise visitors to the challenges we face in South Africa.'

Opens: December 1

 
STELLENBOSCH

Lolo Veleko

Lolo Veleko
Untitled exhibition poster 2007
 


GIMBERG/ NERF/ SACKS/ YOUNG at SMAC

The Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery will host an exhibition of work by Douglas Gimberg, Christian Nerf, Ruth Sacks and Ed Young. A new publication facilitated by Kathryn Smith entitled One Million and Forty-Four Years (and Sixty-Three Days) will accompany the exhibition. The show is to be opened by the controversial Ronald Suresh Roberts.

Opens: 6.30pm, March 21
Closes: May 5


Lolo Veleko

Charles Badenhorst and Diek Grobler
Bittervrug
single channel video
 


'The Moving Art Image Exhibition' at the Golden Eye Function Venue

The University of Johannesburg presents a range of short videos that fall outside the commercial application of the moving image. With a wide thematic scope, the show focuses on the diverse potential of single channel video.

Participants include Charles Badenhorst, Olaf Bisschoff, Rudolf Buitendach, Fopspeen, Robert Hamblin, Thabang Lehobye, Nathani Lüneburg, Michael Matthews, Anthony Silvertone, katty vandenberghe and Strijdom van der Merwe. The show is curated by Diek Grobler and Annali Dempsey, and has been digitally compiled by katty vandenberghe.

Open: 3pm, March 1, 2 and 4

 
OUDSTHOORN

Judy Woodbourne

Judy Woodbourne
Eve icon I
oil painting on gold leaf prepared canvas
30 x 40 cm
Mimmo Paladino

Mimmo Paladino
Carnival I 2001
drypoint etching

Christo Coetzee

Christo Coetzee
Plaited self-portrait 1982
82 x 70 cm

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews
Alsomvattend (monumental ashtray for Piet Retief)
digital print on canvas
80 X 60cm

Adriaan van Zyl

Adriaan van Zyl
Operating Theatre I 2004
oil on board
310 x 420 mm
 


Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

KKNK 2007 features Judy Woodbourne as the festival artist and focuses on her oil paintings rather than her more famous etchings in an exhibition titled 'The Garden of Eden'. Other shows include a posthumous Adrian van Zyl retrospective as well as the Chris Diedericks-curated 'FLESH!' exhibition. 'Boerekitsch', a group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud features too.

Opens: March 31
Closes: April 8

Judy Woodbourne

The KKNK 2007 visual art curator, Theo Kleynhans, has selected Judy Woodbourne as the festival artist and focuses on her sensual oil paintings rather than her more famous etchings. The exhibition is titled 'The Garden of Eden' and explores the universality of the myths surrounding that enchanted utopia. WoodbourneiLs paintings employ the traditional technique of painting on gold leaf, which gives the work a rich shimmer.

FLESH! at Die Oog

FLESH! seeks to open debate on sexuality, sexual identity and artists' interpretations thereof. Curator Chris Diedericks, winner of the 2006 Canna Prize for Visual Art, has included a diverse range of art forms in the show and many local and international artists, amongst others Mimmo Paladino (Italy), William Wiley (England), Peter Mayer and Jorge Schmeisser (Germany).

Christo Coetzee at the Drill Hall

Curator Charl Bezuidenhout teams up familiar aspects of Coetzee's work with previously unpublished photographs documenting certain events that took place during his career - the slashed paintings of one of his shows, the artist cutting up a painting so that the viewers can eat it and more - in 'Verborge Vorme' (Hidden Forms).

Van Boerekitsch en Ander Dinge at the Prince Vincent Building

Curator and artist Gordon Froud presents a light-hearted show entitled 'Van Boerekitsch en ander dinge'. The show explores the significance of kitsch in the cultural history of South Africa and features amongst others artist Diane Victor.

Adriaan van Zyl Retrospective

Amanda Botha curates a retrospective of the late Adriaan van Zyl's oeuvre, sourcing paintings that go back as far the '80s. But it is the most recent series 'Hospitaaltyd' that eloquently ponders 'medical' architecture and it purported application in aiding healing which reveals van Zyl's contribution to the genre of photorealism in South Africa. The show is accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by Marlene van Niekerk, curator Amanda Botha and Dr Lize van Robbroek.

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