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Die Segoed van Maria en Martha James

Joachim Schönfeldt
Die Segoed van Maria en Martha James, 2014. Lacquer on engraved plywood .

'Die Sêgoed van Maria en Martha James'

Joachim Schönfeldt at Gallery AOP

Joachim Schönfeldt  shows 'Die Segoed van Maria en Martha James (The Sayings of Maria and Martha James)' at Gallery AOP.

Joachim Schönfeldt was born in Pretoria. He completed his schooling in Namibia where his family relocated to when he was three weeks old. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 1980s, he worked for Meneghelli Holdings as an advisor, curator and researcher in traditional African art. He became a full-time artist in 1988. In 1989 he worked and lived in Italy before settling in Johannesburg the following year, writing criticism for a local daily and curating exhibitions.

Schonfeldt has exhibited in New York, San Francisco and Massachusetts in the USA and in Vancouver, Canada. He has also exhibited extensively in Europe: Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Porto, Glasgow, Turin, Umea, Sierre, Graz, Salzburg and Copenhagen. He represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale and at the Sao Paulo Biennale and participated in both Johannesburg Biennales (1995 and 1997). In 2008 he participated in the Gwangju Biennale.

He has worked with curators such as Okwui Enwezor (director of Documenta xi), Jean-Hubert Martin (past director of the Venice Biennale), Peter Weibel (past director of the Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria), Lauri Firstenberg (independent curator in New York), Joao Fernandes (curator at the Seralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal), Julia Charlton (Wits Art Galleries), Lioba Reddeker (Basis Wien) and Rory Bester (independent curator, Johannesburg).

05 February - 28 February

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