NEW ART SHOWS TO SEE THIS MONTH is meant to encourage you to get out and support our artists and galleries. It might seem scary out there, but you’re going to run out of Zoom parties and excuses anyway.
Lucky for you, we’ve picked a couple of art shows for you to see before our collective covid anxieties kick in. So now is as good time as any to support the art community. Don't forget your mask!
"Porous Borders" – Nkhensani Mkhari. BKhz Gallery
Porous Bordors is BKhz's first post-lockdown physical exhibition that will be open to the public. Serving as Mkhari's first solo exhibition in South Africa, the young artist shares his vision of uniting people through his personal life journey, clearly depicted in a book and 10 individual photographic works.
Using photo journalising as a way to document and to find healing following severe depression from the age of 16, the photographs follow 7 years of self rediscovery, made up of 140 pages of photographs printed on transparency film and paper. "by letting people into my life, I aim to show them in our similarities, our humanity" shares the artist.
Exhibition runs until 30 October 2020.
BKhz Gallery, 68 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
"Feminist Utopia" Group Exhibition curated by Anelisa Mangcu. EBONY/CURATED Cape Town
Feminist critics often reflect a rigid and monolithic patriarchal perspective which frequently depicts feminism as a movement that stems from a group of ‘angry women’ and ‘ungrateful women’. This reflects the patriarchal resistance of gender equity within a social, political and economic structure. The persistent othering and policing of femme bodies, reinforces patriarchal privileges which oppose engaging feminist and womanist discourses. This exhibition highlights why feminism and womanism is pertinent in the contemporary.
Feminist utopia challenges social indoctrinations, by confronting theoretical assumptions of the femme and gender non-conforming bodies role, the social contract and the undeniable narrative of a nuclear family romance assigned at birth. With this exhibition, the artists mediate on the rigid social structures and speculate on a shared future from a more nuanced perspective.
The exhibition features works from Kimathi Mafafo, Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa, Haneem Christian, Anico Mostert, Emma Blencowe, Yonela Makoba and Gemma Shepherd.
Exhibition has been extended until 16 October.
EBONY/CURATED, 67 Loop Street, CBD, Cape Town.
"Joni Ya Milenge" – Isaac Zavele. Kalashnikovv Gallery
If you haven't seen this exhibition yet, hurry or you'll miss it! Joburg-based Mozambican fine artist, muralist and co-founder of Prints on Paper Studio Isaac Zavele unveiled their long-awaited solo exhibition a few weeks back. An impressive collection of prints and paintings that shares the stories of every day Joburgers and inner city life as seen through the lens of an immigrant.
Exhibition runs until 8 October.
Kalashnikovv Gallery, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
"Pink's Not Dead" – Group Exhibition curated by Jana Terblanche. Apartment & The Fourth
Pink’s Not Dead! is the first in a series of guest curated projects, with the first volume being curated by Jana Terblanche. This exhibition is part of a larger collaboration between Apartment and The Fourth.
“Pink’s not Dead!” celebrates and challenges the associations of this contested tone. Curator Jana Terblanche says, “It is also complex - probably the most complex colour of all – with a long history of absurdly gendered associations enforced by societal conditioning. However, in recent cultural history there has been a re-imagining and reclamation in the works. It is no longer for exclusively for girls, or even just for femme bodies. In new re-imaginings, Pink assumes a political stance and is embraced by people across the gender spectrum. It has become a defiance of heteronormative rules and a challenge to the patriarchy. Ultimately, when we all embrace it says we won’t play by the rulebook given to us.”
“Pink’s Not Dead!” features the work of Akshar Maganbeharie, Githan Coopoo, Good Good Boy, Grace de Kroon, Isabella Chydenius, Katharien de Villiers, Lulama Wolf, Mia Darling, Michaela Younge, Mira Jaan, Nabeeha Mohamed, Rosie Mudge, Stephen Allwright and Talia Ramkilawan. The title is inspired by a punk anthem and is a nod to the disruptive powers of this unsuspecting colour. The exhibition takes place in a specially curated room featuring pink walls, a red ceiling and light activations. The interior styling is co-curated by Maybe Corpaci and Jana Terblanche.
Exhibition runs until 30 October 2020. Viewing by appointment only. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"on sight: looking does not mean seeing" – Group Exhibition curated by Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose. Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
An exhibition of video artwork and short films featuring Kamyar Bineshtarigh, Ayanda Duma, Talya Galasko, Bonolo Kavula, Lebohang Kganye, Akuol de Mabior, Galerekwe Maimane, Mzonke Maloney, Lauren Mulligan, Jabu Nadia Newman, Natalie Paneng and Kgotlelo Bradley Sekiti.
on sight: looking does not mean seeing engages with the visual & structural complexities of sight. The presented video artworks and short films meditate on the political and cultural conditions of seeing and being seen, as well as reflect on how sight shapes the nuances of our collective and cultural memory. In the essay "Black Feminism: The Politics of Articulation," filmmaker Pratibha Parmar argues that "images play a crucial role in defining and controlling the political and social power to which both individuals and marginalized groups have access. The deeply ideological nature of imagery determines not only how other people think about us but how we think about ourselves.” This compilation interrogates the politics of recognition through a myriad of visual articulations.
Exhibition runs until 9 October 2020.
Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 31 -37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town.