Archive: Issue No. 135, November 2008

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24.09.08 'Short Stories in Contemporary Photography', Tillim in Zürich
10.10.08 'Across Oceans' by Berni Searle in Norway
24.10.08 'Umbra Sumus' by Liz Crossley at artSPACE berlin
25.10.08 'A Look Away' South African Photography in Berlin
30.10.08 Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin launches with Candice Breitz solo
14.11.08 'The World's Most Dangerous Ideas' in London
28.11.08 'Rich Terrain', Roz Cryer and Lara Mellon in Berlin

19.09.08 Candice Breitz on 'Worlds on Video - international video art', Florence
7.10.08 Robin Rhode at The Hayward

7.09.08 'Palinsesti 2008': Colleen Alborough at San Vito al Tagliamento


20.09.08 'Beyond the Familiar' photography in Massachusetts
24.10.08 Mphapho (Ra) Hlasane at University of Michigan School of Art and Design
14.11.08 'Transnational Convergences in African Digital Art'

7.09.08 Mikhael Subotzky at The Museum of Modern Art
7.09.08 'Signs of Change': Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now


7.09.08 Guangzhou Triennial: Farewell to Post-Colonialism

9.08.08 Joachim Schoenfeldt and Jo Ractliffe at the 7th Gwangju Biennale


Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Administration office, Department of Commerce,
Antsiranana, Madagascar 2007
archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper

Short Stories in Contemporary Photography, Guy Tillim in Zürich

'Short Stories in Contemporary Photography' presents various approaches by international artists to the strategy of contemporary photographic storytelling, and thus becomes a space of very distinct narratives.

In literature, the short story is a concise fictional narrative often perceived as an ideal form for modern storytelling. One can see parallels between the short story and contemporary photography in which distinct narrative possibilities emerge: documentary photography, in which a story is condensed visually; staged photography, in which a plot is developed as in the theatre; video stills that condense a complex story in a single image; and photography mixed with different media that distorts or transforms into a new storytelling form.

Contributors to this exhibition include Harry Gruyaert, Bertien van Manen, Aernout Mik, Erwin Olaf, Eric Stitzel, Guy Tillim and Erwin Wurm

Opens: September 24
Closes: April 1, 2009


Guy Tillim

Berni Searle
By Night 2003
lambda print
81,75 x 150cm

Across Oceans, Berni Searle in Norway

'Across Oceans', a solo exhibition by Berni Searle, consists of two parts, presented at two different venues. The first is a site-specific part of the 'Stavanger 2008 - European Capital of Culture'. This new work, Day for Night, is specifically made for viewing at the now defunct Obrestad Lighthouse. The work was recorded at the neighbouring lighthouse of Kvassheim. Searle has exchanged the source of light in the lighthouse, the light bulb that spreads its rays across the sea, with a rotating video camera, thus capturing the landscape through the prisms of the lighthouse lamp with the same pulsating rhythm as the lighthouse once possessed.

The second part of this solo show exhibits two of Searle's most recent video works, Home and Away, 2003 and About to forget, 2005, at Transit Art Space, Stavanger. Both of these works deal with change in a personal sense as well as a larger social change.

In addition to the multi-screen video projections, a selection of photographic works are exhibited both in Obrestad Lighthouse and at Transit Art Space.

Opens: October 10
Closes: November 23


Guy Tillim

Liz Crossley
Mobile Mutation Map 2008
watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 80cm

Umbra Sumus, Liz Crossley at artSPACE berlin

Umbra Sumus - Shadows we are - Here we are' is an exhibition of paintings, drawings, projection, sound, installation and participative works by Liz Crossley, a South African-born Berliner. The work examines aspects of migration.

For the duration of the Art Forum Liz Crossley will be present in the gallery and each day there will be a discussion, performance, action or reading.

Opens: October 24
Closes: November 22


Sabelo Mlangeni

Sabelo Mlangeni
Invisible woman I 2006
31 x 45,3cm

A Look Away, South African Photography in Berlin

'A Look Away' is the first of two exhibitions of contemporary South African art at Gallery Kuckei + Kuckei in Berlin. While the first show will focus on the latest developments in photography, the second part, entitled 'Why not?' will present artists working in various media such as sculpture, installation, video and performance.

'A Look Away' presents five photographers from different origins in South Africa: Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim and Nontsikelelo Veleko.

In South Africa, in the years before 1994, photography was first and foremost a tool used to relentlessly visualise the political and social grievances in the fight for democracy. Examples would be the famous works by Ernest Cole, Jürgen Schadeberg and David Goldblatt.

The younger generation of South African photographers strongly draws attention to the unknown and unnoticed in a complex society. The artists selected in 'A Look Away', each aware of their photographic traditions, offer individual portraits of African realities resulting from a personal search for new forms in contemporary photography.

In a time when media and press often convey a simplified and blurred image of South Africa, contemporary artistic positions - in this case photography - can show us how to distinguish and to be skeptical of the broadcast media.

Opens: October 25
Closes: December 23


Candice Breitz

Candice Breitz
Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005
installation view: White Cube, London
photo: Stephen White

Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin launches with Candice Breitz

A new exhibition space for contemporary art on the Berlin's Schlossplatz, the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, will be officially opened with the inaugural exhibition by Candice Breitz 'Inner + Outer Space'.

Breitz's solo exhibition will take place in two distinct parts. In the first part, three existing works that were produced from her Berlin studio will be shown in Berlin for the first time. The video installations Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon), King (A Portrait of Michael Jackson) and Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) were shot in 2005 and 2006.

In making these works, the artist invited a series of fans of the above artists to each re-perform an entire album by their respective idols. In each of the final installations, the filmed performers re-sing the relevant album in synchronisation with each other, their performances merging into a kaleidoscope of voices, facial expressions and body language, to constitute a diverse collective interaction with a pop icon.

In her most recent work, Him + Her, 2008, which will debut in Berlin during the second part of the show, the artist uses found footage to examine the cult of celebrity from a different angle.

Him places 23 Jack Nicholsons (from a range of films made over 40 years) into confrontation with one another, while Her is essentially a showdown between 28 Meryl Streeps (cut from 28 films made over a period of 30 years). The actor/actress is thrown into a series of psychological encounters with him or herself as s/he is in each case multiplied across a seven-screen structure.

Opens: October 30
Closes: December 28


Carla Busuttil

Carla Busuttil
White Men Can't Vote 2008
oil on canvas

The World's Most Dangerous Ideas in London

South African painter Carla Busuttil and performance artist Anthea Moys join forces with political commentator Nick Cohen and experimental musician Carlos Suero in the multidisciplinary exhibition 'The World's Most Dangerous Ideas'.

This exhibition takes as its inspiration an article of the same name which ran in the September/October 2004 issue of American magazine Foreign Policy. This article, a special report, invited eight leading thinkers to issue an early warning on the ideas that, from the perspective of the current geopolitical climate, were destined to become the most destructive in coming years. The editors were guided by the notion that 'Ideas matter, and sometimes they can be dangerous.'

This simple conviction is the inspiration and creative point of departure for 'The World's Most Dangerous Ideas' - a project designed to produce an unexpected collision of unique approaches to working through cultural notions. Playing on multiple experiences of the political, social and the public spheres, the works in the show emerge as an iconoclastic cacophony of word, sound, image and performance.

The opening night features a newly commissioned live performance by Moys, an analogue-electronic sound environment by Carlos Suero, readings by Cohen and a new series of paintings by Busuttil.

Opens: November 14
Closes: November 16


Lara Mellon

Lara Mellon
With My Dog
mixed media on board
70cm x 50cm

Roz Cryer

Roz Cryer
mixed media on board
50cm x 70cm

Rich Terrain: Roz Cryer and Lara Mellon at artSPACE Berlin

'Rich Terrian', an exhibition by Roz Cryer and Lara Mellon takes as its inspiration a quote by Carl Jung. In a letter to his wife Emily, the famed psychiatrist wrote, 'I do not know what Africa is really saying to me, but it speaks.'

'Rich Terrain' is an exhibition of mixed media works made especially for this exhibition in Berlin. The pressure of exhibiting in Berlin for the first time resulted in the two artists finding fresh fodder for their ideas and output, thus resulting in 'rich terrain' for their art production.

Both Cryer and Mellon explore personal issues and extrude these onto the canvas surface in similar palette and yet with diverse outcome.

Opens: November 28
Closes: January 10


Candice Breitz

Candice Breitz
Babel Series 1999
DVD Installation: 7 Looping DVDs
photo: Alexander Fahl

Candice Breitz on Worlds on Video - international video art, Florence

Curated by Anita Beckers,'Worlds on Video - international video art' offers a survey of the most exciting international work to have made an impact in major cities throughout the world. The exhibition presents work which gives expression to social, political or personal issues and conflicts.

The exhibiting artists have already been widely recognised or have recently made a successful debut in video art on the international scene. 'Worlds on Video' presents a vast overview, allowing the public to compare the various conceptual and technical approaches in video art production today. This will be the first time most of the work in the exhibition is presented in Italy.

Artists on show include Marina Abramovic, Victor Alimpiev, Laura Belem, Candice Breitz, Rä di Martino, Nathalie Djurberg, Kota Ezawa, Harun Farocki, Charlotte Ginsborg, Philippe Grammaticopoulos, Cao Guimarã es, Frank Hesse, Runa Islam, Alfredo Jaar, Jesper Just, Clare Langan, Zhenchen Liu, Domenico Mangano, Jenny Marketou, Bjoern Melhus, Almagul Menlibayeva, Sarah Morris, Guy Ben Ner, Julia Oschatz, Isabel Rocamora, Marinella Senatore, Eve Sussman, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Gillian Wearing, Arnold von Wedemeyer, Clemens von Wedemeyer+Maya Schweizer, Suara Welitoff, Sislej Xhafa, Zimmerfrei.

Opens: September 19
Closes: November 2


Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode
Promenade 2008
still from digital animation series

Robin Rhode's Who Saw Who at The Hayward

The Hayward presents South African artist Robin Rhode's first UK exhibition 'Who saw Who'. A recognised talent on the international art scene, Rhode has a growing reputation for inventive performances, photographs and drawings.

Using simple materials such as chalk, spraypaint and charcoal, Rhode turns the pavements, streets and walls of the city into his paper, canvas and backdrop, creating his own reality in the heart of urban society. These two dimensional drawings are then brought to life by performance and captured on film or photograph, as the artist or a döppelganger tries to blow out a chalk candle, juggle with charcoal balls or ride a chalk bicycle.

The Hayward exhibition will give an overview of Rhode's work drawn from the last ten years as well as showing new pieces. The installation brings together photographs, animations and film projects, sculptures and wall drawings. Rhode will also create new commissions for the show in the form of outdoor site-specific works on and around Southbank Centre, turning the whole site into his working 'studio'. These works will be documented and incorporated into the exhibition. In Rhode's work, racial, social, class and geopolitical elements take a central role in the critical reworking of the nature and value of materials and in the action of making art.

Opens: October 7
Closes: December 7


Colleen Alborough

Colleen Alborough
Night Journey 2005

'Palinsesti 2008': Colleen Alborough at San Vito al Tagliamento

'Palinsesti 2008' is an exhibition which gathers works and site-specific installations which focus on the topics 'knot' (node) and/or 'net'. These selected works have been conceived by Italian and international artists for the spaces of the town San Vito al Tagliamento. By exploring the art of a younger generation, this exhibition compares the artworks with the structure that shapes the communication between people and media, particularly since the invention of Internet.

Artists invited include Colleen Alborough, Luc Mattenberger, son:DA, Vera Fedrigo and Franco Del Zotto, Simone Racheli, Maria Elisabetta Novello, Carlo Gloria, Maria and Natalja Petschatnikov, Cédric Hoareau, Mauro Ciani and Anja Puntari.

Opens: September 13
Closes: November 11



Zwelethu Mthethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa
Untitled (from Sugar Cane series) 2007
chromogenic print

Beyond the Familiar, photography in Massachusetts

'Beyond The Familiar: Photography And The Construction Of Community' is one of a four part programme at Williams College Museum of Art which focuses on the role of photography and film as it reflects, and potentially constructs, cultural identity.

The exhibition brings together 10 photography projects from around the world that span the history of the medium. These projects portray individuals from distinct cultural, economic, and professional groups.

Each of these artists has defined a group - whether by race, class, occupation, or neighborhood - and depicted individuals in a manner that moves beyond portraiture. Instead, each artist explores personal identity in the larger context of social groups.

Artists included in the exhibition are Felice Beato and Peter Henry Emerson from the 19th century; Edward Curtis, August Sander, and Aaron Siskind from the first half of the 20th century; Robert Frank, Barbara Norfleet and David Goldblatt from the second half of the 20th, and recent work by Tina Barney and Zwelethu Mthethwa.

Opens: September 20
Closes: March 8, 2009


Mphapho (Ra) Hlasane at University of Michigan School of Art and Design

The University of Michigan School of Art and Design current resident artist Mphapho Rangoato Hlasane, A.K.A. Ra, will present a solo exhibition at the institution entitled 'For Tshepo: I will not move to the outskirts of the city'.

The show consists of grainy colour landscapes of 'Tiragalong', a fictional village, double exposure landscapes of innercity Johannesburg, and black and white, dreamy images of 'Diana of Detroit'. Also included are various works on paper and video pieces.

Inspired in part by Welcome to Our Hillbrow by the late author Phaswane Mpe, the artist states that 'My work explores the interesting past and living histories of these three spaces'. Hlasane will also be facilitating zine-making workshops with school children in Detroit, using zines as a medium for making 'pen pal' connections with children in Johannesburg.

Hlasane is currently a Master's student at the University of Johannesburg where he is researching the use of visual arts in mobilising communities. He is also a Hip Hop artist and was responsible for co-founding the keleketla! community library based at the Drill Hall.

Opens: October 24
Closes: November 8


Zwelethu Mthethwa

Cryptic, a Traveler's Diary (detail) 2007
video installation

Transnational Convergences in African Digital Art in Canada

Curated by Dr. Sheila Petty, 'Transnational Convergences in African Digital Art' challenges the perception that Africa appears to epitomise 'the postcolony itself' as 'defined by a sense of crisis' spurred on by failing economies and the ravages of war.

Far from being totally estranged from, or subsumed by, the forces of globalisation, there exist African-driven solutions to some of the challenges facing the continent. These unfold in a transnational context where art and culture are driven by, and transform or surmount, such barriers to advancement.

Included on this exhibition are digital artists Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter, a collective from Kenya and Germany, who have created Cryptic, a Traveler's Diary, 2007 which questions how journey and intersecting histories affect identity. Berni Searle's Home and Away, 2003, explores large scale digital photography of her body to interrogate the notion of home and its effects on black South Africans.

Opens: November 14
Closes: January 18


Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky
Residents, Vaalkoppies 2006
Chromogenic color print

Mikhael Subotzky at The Museum of Modern Art

'New Photography', The Museum of Modern Art's annual showcase of significant recent work in photography, this year features Josephine Meckseper and South African, Mikhael Subotzky. Subotzky's work is an expression of his experience of post-apartheid South Africa's social condition. By placing himself in an extraordinarily wide range of social situations, he allows his own experiences to formulate a vision of the social world around him.

Subotzky's most recent body of photographic work, 'Beaufort West (2006-2008)', portrays a transit town in which, according to the artist, many of the obscured social dynamics that scar South Africa seem to converge and reveal themselves. The photographer was drawn to this subject by the local jail, situated in the centre of the town, within a traffic circle on the main highway between Johannesburg and Cape Town. His images of the town's various populations - inmates, outcasts, families, residents, bureaucrats and passersby - present a unique vision of South Africa's strained post-apartheid condition.

To coincide with Subotzky's first North American exhibition, 'Beaufort West' is being published by Chris Boot Ltd, London.

Opens: September 10
Closes: January 5 2009


Lolo Veleko

Sue Williamson
From the Inside: Judy 2002

'Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now'

'Signs of Change', a major exhibition opening at Exit Art , chronicles 50 years of the cultural productions of international social movements. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, the exhibition features over 600 posters, prints, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and other ephemera from over 30 countries.

'Signs of Change' provides a dialogue with the past and an engagement with the present about the important cultural work of social movements. From the American Indian Movement to Women's Liberation, the South African anti-apartheid struggle to Portugal's Revolution of the Carnations, German Autonomen and squatters, to South Korea's Kwang Ju uprising, this exhibition carries us through the whirlwind of people taking action to change the world.

A number of special events have been arranged in conjunction with the exhibition. For further details, contact the gallery.

Opens: September 20
Closes: November 22



Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes
Noir Christi 2008
proposed image for mural

Guangzhou Triennial: Farewell to Post-Colonialism

The curatorial discourse of this year's Guangzhou Triennale proposes to say 'Farewell to Post-Colonialism'. The Triennial attempts to open new frontiers for creativity with a critical review of the role cultural discourses of Post-colonialism and Multi-culturalism have played in contemporary art. While affirming Post-colonialism's achievements in exposing hidden ideological agendas in society and inspiring new art, this Triennial also critically examines its limitations for creativity, and calls for a fresh start. <'p> GZ Triennial will host 181 artists from over 40 countries around the world, including 50 films/videos from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.

The Triennial Exhibition is structured into four sections - Projects in Progress, Thinking Room, Free Radicals, and Independent Projects which includes 'Middle East Channel', curated by Khaled Ramadan; 'East-South: Out of Sight', curated by Sopawan Boonnimitra; 'Now in Coming', curated by Guo Xiaoyan and Cui Qiao; 'Tea Pavilion', curated by Dorothee Albrecht; 'Mornings in Mexicos', curated by Steven Lam and Tamar Guimaraes; 'Mapping Currents for the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial', curated by Stina Edblom and Asia Art Archive; and 'Organising Mutation', curated by Leung Chi-wo and Tobias Berger.

A full list of programmes and events is available from the Office of the Guangzhou Triennial at the Guangdong Museum of Art.

Opens: September 6
Closes: November 16


Joachim Schonfeldt and Jo Ractliffe at the 7th Gwangju Biennale

The 7th Gwangju Biennale taking place in South Korea has this year adopted the theme 'Annual Report' which is developed around three principal components.

The first part, 'On the Road', a series of travelling exhibitions, will serve as a report on cultural manifestations occurring between 2007 and 2008. The second component, 'Position Papers', is a platform dedicated to a series of five focused, small scale curatorial proposals and experiments in exhibition practice by a diverse group of curators. The third element, 'Insertions', will take the format of a series of new projects commissioned or invited specifically for the biennale.

'Annual Report' has Okwui Enwezor at the helm as artisitic director as well as Hyunjin Kim, Ranjit Hoskote as co-curators. Curators for 'Position Papers' are Patrick D. Flores, Jang Un Kim, Abdellah Karroum, Sung-Hyen Park and Claire Tancons.

The 'Annual Report' artist line up of over 100 local and international artists includes South Africans Joachim Schoenfeldt and Jo Ractliffe alongside the likes of Bani Abidi (Pakistan), Mario Benjamin (Haiti), Gerard Byrne (Ireland), Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Thomas Demand (Germany), Chen Shaoxiong (China), Daniel Faust (USA), Peter Friedl (Austria), Marlon Griffith (Trinidad and Tobago), Tamar Guimaraes (Brazil), Hassan Khan (Egypt), Steve McQueen (UK), Koki Tanaka (Japan) and Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo).

Opens: September 5
Closes: November 9