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Bogosi Sekhukhuni
Consciousness Engine 2: absentblackfatherbot, 2014. Dual Channel Video Installation .

(Working Title)

Various Artists at Goodman Gallery

By Lloyd Pollak
20 September - 25 October.
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'(Working Title)' is an international annual group exhibition in which the Goodman shows artists from Africa and the Diaspora that their curators discuss and admire, but whom the gallery does not represent because of contractual obligations, distance and other practical considerations. The title is a somewhat apologetic appellation for such a ground-breaking, quirkily original show. Vague and inde...

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    Various Artists at Brundyn
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    Penny Siopis at Iziko South African National Gallery
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