Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.


Jabulani Dhlamini iXhesha! Exhibition at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town

Until 18 August 2018

iXhesha! marks Jabulani Dhlamini’s third solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery. In this body of work, Dhlamini explores how collective memory is created, archived and altered by personal recollection through photographs drawn from the photographer’s archive as well as his more recent iQhawekazi series, which sought to capture the atmosphere around the passing of Winnie Mandela.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Dead Centre Solo Exhibition by Rowan Smith at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town

Until 18 August 2018

With this latest body of work, Smith aims to relegate the idea of whiteness as a “transcendental norm” by executing a number of strategies intended to exoticise the idea of whiteness in contemporary South Africa, removing the veil that allows it to persist as normative and unseen.

Dead Centre is a consolidation of a number of threads and motifs which have permeated Rowan Smith’s work during his career. Smith’s iconography – including beehives, speaker stacks, scrap yards and litter – offers points of access into diverse inquiries such as analysing the South African postcolonial state; the politics of monuments; the impermanence and deterioration of power; ideological collapse; identity-formation in the nation state; ideas of technology and obsolescence; entropic images of destruction; and bourgeois kitsch.

Through his questioning of the status quo, Smith highlights whiteness as the specific target of critique (the dead centre, “bull’s-eye”) in order to render it as hyper-visible.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

Mongezi Ncaphayi’s Anecdotes of Sound at David Krut Projects in Joburg

Until 18 August 2018

The showcase consists of three new series made up of 26 small-scale unique monotypes created at DKW in 2018. The three distinct series titled: Which is which, Space is a Place and Desire Worlds take the viewer on an auditory voyage. Combining gestural ink washes and crayon with layers of monotype, hand-coloured chine-collé and cut-outs from a variety of papers, the marks are inspired by the sounds of jazz musicians: Don Pullen, Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, Abdullah Ibrahim, Archie Shepp and Kandance Springs. Anectodes of Sound is an interpretation of sounds through a series of lyrical abstract monotypes.

For more information, visit davidkrutprojects.com.

On Common Ground – an Exhibition by David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, Curated by Paul Weinberg at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

Until 18 August 2018

David Goldblatt – Yusuf and Ayesha Rajah at home with their baby before the destruction of fietas under the Group Areas Act, 1976

An historic exhibition in which David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, are to be exhibited side-by-side for the first time.

On Common Ground brings the work of two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers into direct conversation, drawing on images from their large bodies of work to compare and contrast Goldblatt and Magubane’s approaches to photography within the context of a shared pull to document apartheid South Africa and the post-1994 period of democracy.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Both, And Exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town and Stevenson Johannesburg

Until 22 August 2018 (Cape Town) / Until 24 August 2018 (Johannesburg)

Nicholas Hlobo – Thoba, utsale umnxeba, 2008, performance sculpture (rubber inner tube, ribbon, impepho mat)

An exhibition celebrating 15 years of the gallery’s existence, with Jane Alexander, Francis Alÿs, Avant Car Guard, Wim Botha, Breyten Breytenbach, Jordan Casteel, Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Paul Edmunds, Olafur Eliasson, Jared Ginsburg, David Goldblatt, Ian Grose, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeyer, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Glenn Ligon, Songezile Madikida, Mustafa Maluka, Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Sabelo Mlangeni, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Youssef Nabil, Daniel Naudé, Paulo Nazareth, Simphiwe Ndzube, Hylton Nel, Mame-Diarra Niang, Odili Donald Odita, Thierry Oussou, Deborah Poynton, Jo Ractliffe, Viviane Sassen, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Barthélémy Toguo, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Portia Zvavahera.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 5 July, 6 – 8pm in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, on Saturday 7 July from 10am – 1pm.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Marie-Louise Koen I Am You Exhibition at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito

Until 30 August 2018

Cape Town-based artist and interior designer Marie-Louise Koen opens her latest solo show I am you at Imbizo Gallery Ballito. This exhibition is a collection of her work that explores the nature of woman through portraiture and female form. I am you represents the unity of all woman as one, of stripping back to our natural selves, represented by select pieces from previous collaborative and solo exhibitions.

For more information, visit imbizogallery.co.za.

Kirsten Sims’ By The Way Solo Exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town

17 August – 15 September

Kirsten Sims’ solo exhibition will open at Salon Ninety One on Friday 17 August at 6:30pm. The artist will be launching one-of-a-kind ceramics as part of the solo exhibition of original work.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

Nelson Mandela 100 Moments In Time Exhibition in Cape Town

Until September 2018

Southafrica.co.za in collaboration with Dr Peter Magubane, presents the Nelson Mandela: 100 Moments in Time photo exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public daily between 8 am and 5 pm at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. The exhibition is proudly presented by Siyabona Africa and its flagship online platform, southafrica.co.za. The exhibition content is also available on southafrica.co.za in all 11 official South African languages, making it accessible to all South Africans, in their home language.

The exhibition features images of Mandela’s life as he became an activist, after his release from prison, during his election campaign, and personal moments all captured by his personal photographer Peter Magubane. The exhibition will run until September 2018 at the Gateway to Robben Island at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

For more information, visit southafrica.co.za.

The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 29 August 2018

The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves is a group exhibition exploring the politics of identity in an African and largely South African landscape.

For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.


30 August – 2 September 2018

The annual Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo is on from 30 August to 2 September at the CTICC. Whether your interest is in what’s trending in home improvement, enhancing your outdoor living space, refreshing your interiors or creating a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, the HOMEMAKERS Expo brings the best industry experts together under one roof.

For more information, visit homemakersonline.co.za.

The Street Food Festival 2018 in Cape Town and Joburg

1 – 9 September 2018

On a stick or in a bun, the annual Street Food Festival is back for the fifth time in 2018 to celebrate street food in its varied forms. Custodians of South African street food culture, those who have settled here bringing tastes of home with them, or food trucks making fare inspired by the streets of foreign cities: you’ll find it all at the Street Food Festival.

Each year the event is conceptualised and produced by culinary-minded experience designers Studio H. African flavours have become a worldwide trend and this serves as the inspiration for this year’s festival.

Following the success of previous years, in 2018 the Street Food Festival will be expanding to include 10 days of festivities which will kick off with a launch party at House of Machines in Cape Town on the 31 August. Smaller pop-up events like food walks, and food movie screenings will lead up to the two big market weekends in Cape Town and Johannesburg dishing out all the good things visitors have come to expect: local food talent serving your crispy, saucy, fried or fresh pavement-favourites and live DJs spinning the soundtrack to the day. The festivities will culminate with an after party in both cities.

Cape Town, Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront

1 September 2018 5pm – 9pm | Entrance R50
2 September 2018 11am – 5pm | Entrance R50
Weekend pass: R80

Johannesburg, Common Ground, 6 Staib Street, Maboneng
9 September 2018 11am – 5pm | Entrance R50

To purchase tickets, visit quicket.co.za. For more information, visit streetfoodfestival.co.za.

LIVE ART Festival in Cape Town

1 – 16 September 2018

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) announces the dates for the international LIVE ART Festival showcasing a gathering of some of the most influential artists from across the continent and around the world. This powerful range of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks will disrupt public spaces across the Mother City from 1 to 16 September 2018, free of charge to all.

The programme delivers a rare selection of cutting-edge visual art and challenging performances of dance, music and literature that combine to form a dynamic and provocative theatrical journey across the Mother City, unique to the ICA LIVE ART Festival.

LIVE ART performances will tour across Mother City public venues from the University of Cape Town, to Iziko National Galleries, Zeitz MOCAA, and various spaces in the city centre, such as the Cape Town Station, the Company’s Garden, the Planetarium, the Castle of Good Hope and more. All performances are free of charge to the people of Cape Town, 1 to 16 September 2018.

For more information, visit ica.uct.ac.za.

Sculpture Fair at Melrose Arch in Joburg

30 August – 30 September 2018

The Melrose Gallery and Melrose Arch will once again host an exciting annual exhibition of sculptural works by many of South Africa’s established and emerging talents, and entry is free.

For more information, visit themelrosegallery.com.

Yinka Shonibare MBE Ruins Decorated Exhibition at The Goodman Gallery in Joburg

1 September – 10 October 2018

Ruins Decorated marks Yinka Shonibare’s first solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery, his second solo in South Africa and a rare moment of visibility on the African continent. For this exhibition of new and never before exhibited work, Yinka asks questions on what it means to forge modern African identities and complicates debates on cultural appropriation.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Michael Taylor’s Boy. Boat. Bat. Exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town

30 August – 13 October 2018

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Boy. Boat. Bat. at WHATIFTHEWORLD is a new solo exhibition of painting, drawing and installation by South African artist Michael Taylor.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

Centennial: A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918 – 2018 at the Sanlam Art Lounge in Joburg

5 September – 14 December 2018

From Botha’s devastating Butterfly Box and Kentridge’s eerily abandoned Stadium to the perpetually discharging pistol of van der Merwe’s Gaste and the #RhodesMustFall reference behind Mudariki’s The Model, is art the most truthful documentation of a nation’s history? And if so, what does Sanlam’s Centennial exhibition say about the transformation of SA? The exhibition commemorates Sanlam’s centenary and is one-of-a-kind in its objective to showcase SA history. Curator Stefan Hundt takes visitors on a journey through the last 100 years, with guided tours available by appointment on set dates. A journey that brings one face-to-face with chapters of colonial hegemony, political repression, a triumphant democracy and the economically unbalanced society that followed.

The exhibition can be viewed from 5 September to 14 December at the Sanlam Art Lounge at 11 Alice Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm. Free guided tours will be offered on 5 September at 4pm and 6pm and on 7 September at 10am, 2pm and 4pm.

For more information, please contact the curator, Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359 or e-mail stefan.hundt@sanlam.co.za.