It's understandable, the art world can be tricky to navigate, or up it own arse, or whatever other excuse you've been making for yourself. However February is as good time as any if you're planning on sticking to your New Year's resolution to "appreciate art a bit more". As the host month to both Cape Town Art Fair and Stellenbosch Triennale (and a bunch of other fringe events) it's the perfect time to prove to yourself that there's more to First Thursday's than polystyrene wine or tequila pyramids.

Every month, we'll try make this even easier for you, by bringing a hand picked selection of some art shows you should check out.

February 6, 2020

Bôna: Goodman Gallery Johannesburg.

For the first time ever, the photographic work of Thabiso Sekgala will be on show in Joburg since the artist toook his life in 2014. 

Sekgala's work explored themes of abandonment, memory, spatial politics and concept of home. Bôna is a selection of photo essays by the late artist, and explores how social borders determine visibility in society. The exhibit also features work from Sekgala’s Homelands, Second Transition and Running Series.

Runs until 29 February 2020. Goodman Gallery, Parkview, Johannesburg.

Good Feelings: Stevenson Gallery Johannesburg.

Good Feelings is Dada Khanyisa’s first solo exhibition in Joburg; a complex body of work which features paintings, sketches, multiple textures and figures that are sculpted waging confrontations across bar-style countertops, taking showers, taking selfies, seeing voice notes, and seated at upscale restaurants. “It’s about going out culture, but also going in culture - as in going into the self… when you go in with yourself, it’s easier to understand how you relate with others” says the artist.

Exhibition runs until 19 March 2020. Stevenson Gallery, Parktown North, Johannesburg

Delicate/ Tendency/ Response: Kalashnikovv Gallery.

As one of the last daytime cultural institutions left in Braam, it’s our duty to support Kalash — starting with Delicate/ Tendency/ Response - an exhibition by Cassier Welz Award winner and Soweto-born DubuBloom (Duduzile More). The exhibition explores the delicacy of trauma and tendencies of personal traumatic memories using mixed materials of thread, paper, wool, perspex, ink and more.

Runs until 22 February 2020. Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Occupying A Fatous State of Severity: TMRW Gallery

Writer, novelist and director Phumlani Pikoli’s multi-disciplinary skills continue to impress, this time with a new exhibition that reflects the mental and emotional highways of the mind as explored in Phumlani’s book of the same name. 

“Pikoli employes the creative dexterity of collaborators (artist & illustrator) Bale Legoabe, (mural artist) Skumbuzo Salman and (music artist) Felix Laband to create a metaphysical reveille of tone, positionally, and morales that’s both central and abstruse to the nature of the body of the wok. These additional voices are linguistic, visual and sonic experiences that connect and disconnect, arrange and scatter, filter out and clog the viscerally inimitable experience of mental illness.” 

Exhibition runs until 29 February 2020. TMRW Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Kwantlandolo: FORM (ORMS Direct)

ORMS Circle, the ORMS mentorship program launched in August last year and spearheaded by art curator Anelisa Mangcu. The programme offers young female-identifying artists facilities, mentorship and support to create a body of work in order to host their own solo exhibition.

In this solo exhibition, the inaugural winner - Yonela Makoba introduces us to Tangerine Water who,”through this body of work, prays for ‘kwantlandlolo’, ‘tabula rasa;: a clean slate.”

Exhibition runs until 20 February 2020. FORM (ORMS Direct), Gardens, Cape Town.

ABANTU: The People: Dyman Gallery.

ABANTU: The People is a photographic exhibition curated by Amy Pike and brings together some of our finest photographers including Thandiwe Msebenzi, Mpho Mokgadi, John Baloyi, Justice Mukheli, Sipho Mpongo and Nicolas Roos. 

Exhibition runs until 29 February 2020. Dyman Gallery, Central, Stellenbosch.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour: BKhz Gallery Pop Up Cape Town.

Braamfontein-based BKhz Gallery run by artist Banele Khoza, for the first time, BKhz will have pop-up gallery in Cape Town. The location is perfectly located in close to local strongholds such as Stevenson and Goodman galleries, as well as Blank Projects in Woodstock. 

"The show, takes it’s title from the 2013 French film and graphic novel of the same title. Here a teenager who is uncertain of her sexuality cathects with an art student who opens up her up to an unrestrained existence that welcomes desire and passion." The show includes artists Vusi Beauchamp, Vuyolwethu Ndakisa, Seth Pimentel, Jodi Bieber, Lunga Ntila, Banele Khoza, Nkhensani Mkhari, Nelson Makamo, Tatenda Chidora, Nobukho Nqaba, Oratile Papi Konopi, Cole Ndelu, Bernard Brand, Ke Neil We, Jamal Nxedlana and Thando Salman.

Exhibition runs until 28 February at 41 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Film Retrospective. Athi Patra Ruga: Pulp Cinema 

A compilation of video works by local, world-renown artist Athi-Patra Ruga. The selected works weave a profound and intriguing pattern that pushes us to begin framing the shape in which ‘freedom’ is expected to take in an imagined future.

Screening takes place on Wednesday 12 February from 15h00 at Pulp Cinema, Die Neelsie, Stellenbosch.

Keep an eye out for more from Cape Town Art Fair, Stellenbosch Triennale and Design Indaba coming soon.

Words: Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana

All images & synopsis are owned or supplied by respective gallery.

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