Archive: Issue No. 122, October 2007

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07.10.07 Young SA artists exhibit during FIAC Art Fair, Paris
07.10.07 Afrikan Tähti: Digging for Gold at Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
07.10.07 3 Point Turn: Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfelt in Belgium
07.10.07 Hereford Photography Festival
07.10.07 Apartheid: The South African Mirror, Barcelona
07.10.07 Desirealities at Escape 1789
07.10.07 Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Justice in Austria
07.10.07 Reality Check: Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa at Museum Bochum, Germany
07.10.07 Modern Art and Cultural Development in a Changing Society in Bratislava, Slovakia
07.10.07 Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
07.10.07 Mikhael Subotzky Award Show in Amsterdam

20.09.07 'Autumn Season' at Baltic
09.08.07 'Bound' at Tate Liverpool
17.09.07 James Webb at the Lyon Biennale
12.09.07 Mustafa Maluka in Switzerland

03.06.07 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Italy
06.05.07 Nathaniel Stern in Ireland


07.10.07 Inscribing Meaning at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

30.09.07 New Photography at the MoMA
04.09.07 The Kyle Kauffman Gallery launches in NYC
07.09.07 Sean Slemon in Utah
07.09.07 Berni Searle in Philadelphia

01.07.07 Repicturing the Past/ Picturing the Present at the MoMA


07.10.07 'Bare Life' opens in Jerusalem


Michael Elion

Michael Elion
Drexel 2007
inkjet print on PVC
3 x 3m

Young SA artists exhibit during FIAC Art Fair, Paris

During the FIAC art fair in Paris, two young South African artists - Tim Dempers and Michael Elion - will put on a late night exhibition in the studio of Xavier Veilhan. The title of the show - 'Raw' - refers to both the work itself and how the artists feel at this juncture in their lives. The work challenges our perceptions with new modes of sensory expression.

Curated by Michael Elion, the show is supported by work from Andre Niemeyer (Brazil), Sandra Pfeifer (Austria) and Kathrin Kur (Germany). RAW is a supplementary art venue during FIAC.

Opens: Oct 17
Closes: Oct 22


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


Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
3 Point Turn 2007
video still of performance realised by Sam Matentji
Point Blank Gallery / Twist Street, Drill Hall, Johannesburg

3 Point Turn: Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfelt in Belgium

The documentation of collaborative performance '3 Point Turn' by Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfelt, and realised by Sam Matentji, is part of 'Open Archive #1: Trajectories in Audiovisual Art and Culture' opening at argos in Brussels on September 29.

Opens: Sept 29
Closes: Nov 10


David Lurie

David Lurie
Images of Table Mountain 2006

Hereford Photography Festival

Hereford Photography Festival focuses its two part exhibition on photographic practice in South Africa as a medium of social commentary and redefinition of identity, and the many issues facing a new democracy. The Festival will showcase the work of both established and younger South African photographers.

Lien Botha, Stan Engelbrecht, Pieter Hugo, David Lurie, a project from the Market Photo Workshop, Rene-Paul Savignan and Andrew Tshabangu will be featured.

To coincide with each exhibition, a one-day conference will be held where invited speakers from South Africa will talk about the conditions of making work in the post-apartheid era. Speakers on Tuesday October 9 are Stan Engelbrecht, Pieter Hugo and Andrew Tshabangu as well as John Fleetwood and Michael Godby.

Exhibition venues included the Hereford Cathedral, Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford College of Arts, and The Courtyard Centre for the Arts and 3 Blackfriars Street.

Part One
Opens: Sept 29
Closes: Oct 27

Part Two
Opens: May 17, 2008
Closes: June 14, 2008



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


Lolo Veleko

Lolo Veleko
Cindy and Nkuli , from 'Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder' 2003-04
3 x 3m

Sam Nhlengethwa

Sam Nhlengethwa
Near the Bus Stop
four colour photo-lithograph
20 x 28cm

Desirealities at Escape 1789

'Desirealities' focuses on the construction or reconstruction of realities and experiences in the work of a select group of South African artists. The Exhibition consists of two parts:

Animated images/Art on the move - which examines video work; and
Inanimate images/Art that moves - which exhibits primarily photographic work

Featured artists include Roger Ballen, Lien Botha, Moshekwa Langa, Thando Mama, Zwelethu Mhtethwa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Tracey Rose, Penny Siopis, Andrew Tshabangu and Lolo Veleko.

Opens: Sept 24
Closes: Nov 4


Ismail Farouk

Ismail Farouk, Rock Sale, 2002 video still of performance

Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Justice in Austria

'Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Justice' focuses on trade and commerce in a growing capitalist global economy, not in the sense of conventional criticism of globalisation, but rather in an attempt to draw attention to fair trade, and above all, fair exchange.

The exhibition not only presents works dealing with this theme, but - in co-operation with scientists from the fields of economics, sociology and cultural theory - an online component has also been developed. Visitors are encouraged to contribute thoughts, opinions, or even original artwork on the subject of 'Un/fair Trade' and these online musings will subsequently be exhibited in the museum.

South African artists Andrew Tshabangu and Ismail Farouk exhibit alongside 28 other artists from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, USA and Vietnam.

Opens: Sept 23
Closes: Nov 25

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum,
Sackstrabe 16, Graz, Austria
Tel: (+43) 0316 / 829155
Fax: (+43) 0316 / 815401


Michael Elion

Guy Tillim, Mbulelo at the bar he runs in a house
in Joel Road, Berea, Downtown Jo'burg 2004

Reality Check: Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa

'Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus Südafrika' (Contemporary Photography in South Africa) curated by Pam Warne of Iziko South African National Gallery opened on Sept 15 at the Museum Bochum. A version of the show has already been exhibited at NBK Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin and at Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Exhibiting artists include Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko.

Opens: Sep 15
Closes: Nov 4


Willie Bester

Willie Bester
For those left behind 2003
mixed media
212 x 145 x 460cm

Modern Art and Cultural Development in a Changing Society

For the next two months, visitors to the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia, will be able to view almost 30 artists who have been selected in cooperation with the Iziko South African National Gallery and several leading art galleries in South Africa for 'South African Art: Modern Art and Cultural Development in a Changing Society.'

Artists exhibiting include Willie Bester, Conrad Botes, Tamlin Blake, Norman Catherine, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt, Robert Hodgins, Anton Kannemeyer, Esther Mahlangu, Mustafa Maluka, Zwelethu Mthwethwa, Berni Searle and Cecil Skotnes.

Opens: Sept
Closes Nov 18


Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
Security/Säkerhet 2007

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Jane Alexander's installation Security/Säkerhet (2007) is on show at the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden. The Biennial, which opened on August 25 now presents its fourth edition and presents works by 28 artists and artists' groups from many different parts of the world. The exhibition will spread to five different venues in Göteborg: Röda Sten, Röhsska museum, the Old Post Office, Göteborg's Konsthall and the gallery Kaustik.

Security/Säkerhet is on exhibit at Röda Sten until Nov 25.

Opens: 25 Aug Closes: 25 Nov


Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky
Beaufort West series

Subotzky Award Show in Amsterdam

In March 2007 an international jury named Mikhael Subotzky one of the winners of the annual KLM Paul Huf Award. Part of this prize for young international photographers is a solo exhibition at Foam, and Subotzky's Beaufort West series, seen most recently at the Goodman Gallery Cape, is the first of these two shows.

Opens: September 21
Closes: November 11


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Autumn Season Invite

'Autumn Season' at Baltic

Kendell Geers' 'IRRESPEKTIV' will be part of the lineup for the Autumn Season at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Geers' monograph of the same name was launched recently. Other participating artists are Kader Attia, Linder, Ant Macari and Suky Best.

Opens: September 20


Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Verwoerd Speaks, 1966
video still

'Bound' at Tate Liverpool

Organised by the Tate Liverpool and curated by Padrag Pajdec, 'Bound' is a Liverpool-wide exhibition of works by international and contemporary artists representing personal perspectives of the impact of slavery on humanity.

Penny Siopis is one of the participants, and is showing a video entitled Verwoerd Speaks 1966, in which Siopis captured old television video footage of the National Party leader in a public speech at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, celebrating the iron grip his party had over South Africa at the time. The artist instersperses this with excerpts from home movies of her own family life.

Opens: August 9
Closes: October 20


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


Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
One day it will all make sense, 2007
oil and acrylic on canvas
183 x 133cm

Mustafa Maluka in Geneva

The Galerie Bertrand & Gruner presents the first solo show by Mustafa Maluka in Switzerland. 'Painted in 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas, the large format pieces on display are portraits with a monumental aspect. Maluka takes the rules of the genre at face value as it were, opting to tightly frame his subjects, faces pressing forward into the foreground, occupying nearly the whole of the canvas'.

The show is entitled 'Reflexive Indices: A Phenomenological Study'.

Opens: September 12
Closes: November 3


Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
The Wailers, 2003
Film Stills

52nd Biennale di Venezia

With all of its usual fanfare, the venerable Venice Biennale throws open its doors on June 10. This year, for the first time, a sizeable group of artists will show in the heart of the Biennial under the banner of an African Pavilion, located in the Arsenale. The show, curated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami, has been drawn from the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art, and is entitled 'Check List Luanda Pop'

Opens: June 10
Closes: November 21

Full story: see NEWS

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



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


Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
Faceless, 1993
29 x 21cm

The Kyle Kauffman Gallery launches in NYC

'Not so black and white: South African Contemporary Art', is the title of the inaugural exhibition at the Kyle Kauffman Gallery, newly established in the emerging art area between Chelsea and Hells Kitchen.

'"Not So Black and White" aims to reacquaint New York audiences with South African artists who already have a world presence like William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, and to introduce others who are known locally in South Africa, but have yet to be exposed to a wider audience.' The exhibition includes work by Jane Alexander, Pieter Hugo, Willie Bester, Kendell Geers and Zwelethu Mthethwa.

Opens: September 4
Closes: October 21


Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon
Tied Up/Tied Down
digital print
76 x 51cm

Sean Slemon in Utah

Cape Town multi-media artist Sean Slemon will show new work made during a summer residency at the highly esteemed Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture at the Central Utah Art Center in September.

The exhibition, entitled 'Public Property', consists of video, photography, drawing and installation. On September 19 at 7 p.m. Herman du Toit from the Brigham Young University of Art will lead a discussion on the show and the context in which the artist is working.

Opens: September 7
Closes: October 10


Berni Searle at Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia

Berni Searle is one of three artists on 'Re:Print Re:Present', an exhibition which focuses on printmaking and the printed image. Together with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Rachid Koraichi, Searle has done new work which directly engages aspects of Philadelphia's diverse and multiple social histories. The exhibition is curated by Salah Hassan.

Opens: September 7
Closes: November 3


WBare Life

William Kentridge
'Untitled' from
Ubu tells the truth, 1996-7
25 x 30 cm

'Repicturing the Past/ Picturing the Present' at the MoMA

Curated by prints curator Judy Hecker, this exhibition explores the ways in which the artists from the 19th Century to the present have engaged with contemporary social issues by challenging existing concepts and presenting new insights. Artists include Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Christian Boltanski and William Kentridge.

Kentridge is represented by four prints from the Ubu Tells the Truth series, 1996 - 7, made at the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

Opens: June 13
Closes: November 5



'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