Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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Banele Khoza – Learning New Things With You

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.


Mário Macilau’s Faith: Rituals, Spirit & Sea Solo Exhibition at Guns & Rain in Johannesburg

Until 13 June 2019

Guns & Rain is delighted to present Faith: Rituals, Spirit & Sea, Mozambican artist Mário Macilau’s first solo show in Johannesburg, in collaboration with Ed Cross Fine Art, London. Based in Maputo, Mário Macilau is an award-winning photographer who works with “the ghosts of society” – socially isolated groups and subcultures – activating subjects and their stories through a psychologically sensitive lens. He believes in the people and places that he documents and represents, and views his artistic practice as a tool for social change.

For more information, visit gunsandrain.com.


Crumbling Contours Exhibition at Craft+Graft in Cape Town

Until 15 June 2019

From 14 May, co-working space and gallery Craft+Graft will play host to Crumbling Contours, a mixed-media exhibition featuring work by gifted local artists Jan Tshikhutula, Natasha Norman, Ronel Jordaan, Kellie Hames, Landi Raubenheimer, and Meraki Jewellery Design. The much-anticipated exhibition portrays the struggle to obtain freedom from the all-consuming city life. Through a variety of genres and mediums – printmaking, watercolour, jewellery and ceramics – the artists address the harsh, rigid urban reality and explore living and breathing through nature and creativity.

Contact curator Jeanne-Mare du Bois at art@craftgraft.co.za for more information.


Banele Khoza’s Seeking Love Solo Exhibition at Durban Art Gallery

Until 21 June 2019

Learning New Things With You

Seeking Love will be held at the Durban Art Gallery.

After kicking off in Johannesburg, the show will travel to Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch and Pretoria –  the result of Banele Khoza’s Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, won in 2017.

“This exhibition is an open love letter to whoever is watching or reading my work – also to God/All/The universe,” says Banele. “I am confessing that I am ready, and I am letting go of the search. Beginning the body of work was a little hard to be honest, especially  having created a body of work in 2017-18 that ended up being showcased in institutions that I did not imagine would happen in my lifetime. However, I had to ground myself in everyday practice.”

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PPC Imaginarium Awards Winners Exhibition at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town

Until 26 June 2019

South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will exhibit the work of its Western Cape Winners and Finalists at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town from 6 – 26 June 2019. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to engage with the diverse range of art and design works from the competition’s various entry categories, namely, Fashion, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film and Architecture.

For more information, visit ppcimaginarium.co.za.


Jo Ractliffe Signs of Life Solo Exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town

Until 29 June 2019

The Dreamer, Oaxaca, 2018

According to the artist, “Most of the photographs on this exhibition were made during the past 45 months; a few extend back as far as 1985. They come from many places: the Southern Cape, up the West Coast, to Angola and across the Atlantic to Mexico. From the mermaid in St Helena Bay to Buffel, the southern elephant seal, who journeyed some 2 100 kilometres from Marion Island to undergo his catastrophic moult on Fish Hoek beach earlier this year, this exhibition begins and ends with the sea.”

For more information, visit stevenson.info.


Ian Grose Invention, Cure Solo Exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town

Until 29 June 2019

Two or three men sitting around a table

The show comprises a group of paintings on paper and canvas that were made over the past year. Ian Grose explains that they were often the result of designing sets of rules, which he thinks of as “games”, that allow unexpected harmonies to arise and be explored.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.


Cinga Samson NaluLwandle, NaliKhaya Solo Exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town

30 May – 29 June 2019

“In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry. In that land of beginnings spirits mingled with the unborn. We could assume numerous forms. Many of us were birds. We knew no boundaries. There was much feasting, playing, and sorrowing. We feasted much because of the beautiful terrors of eternity. We played much because we were free.”

The passage is from the opening paragraph of The Famished Road by Ben Okri, writes Lwandile Fikeni for blank projects. The themes which pre-occupy this passage, i.e. temporality, mortality, and existential anxiety, are thematic concerns one finds in Cinga Samson’s body of work, centred on the human figure who is trapped in the swirl of time, in the accumulation of history, and the excesses of progress.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.


Urban Gaze Photography Exhibition at Keyes Art Mile in Johannesburg

Until 30 June 2019

Musa N. Nxumalo – Toi Toi

Keitumetse Segoati

Keyes Art Mile, in partnership with the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), is proud to announce its exhibition, Urban Gaze.

Located in the Atrium of the Trumpet Building, the Urban Gaze exhibition is a stunning showcase of the work of Gauteng-based photographers, and the many diverse aspects of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous and diverse province.

In a bonus for fine art photography lovers, Urban Gaze will also present a body of work by established South African photographer, Musa Nxumalo, for the duration of the competition exhibition.

For more information, visit keyesartmile.co.za.


Mikhael Subotzky Massive Nerve Corpus Solo Exhibition at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

Until 6 July 2019

Water Out of Sunlight

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg is hosting Massive Nerve Corpus, an exhibition of provocative new paintings and works on paper by Mikhael Subotzky.

Massive Nerve Corpus is a continuation of Mikhael’s self-exploration of white masculinity. This exhibition is notable for introducing audiences to his evolved practice, which has come to incorporate a unique approach to painting. This process sees the artist printing found images or photographs from his archive onto canvas or linen, which he then manipulates through various processes. For Mikhael, this shift in his way of working is an attempt to be more “vulnerable and self-reflexive” in his practice. By making this process so transparent and using images of a highly personal subject matter, he hopes this body of work “will contribute in some small way to the deconstruction of white masculine power, rather than reinforcing it”.

For more infomation, visit goodman-gallery.com.


Portia Zvavahera Talitha Cumi Solo Exhibition at Stevenson Johannesburg

Until 12 July 2019

Flight of Flames, 2019

STEVENSON is proud to announce the opening of its new gallery space in Parktown North with a solo exhibition by Portia Zvavahera.

The show’s title, Talitha Cumi (an Aramaic phrase meaning ‘Little girl, arise’), makes reference to a Biblical story, from the Gospel of St Mark, in which Jesus resurrects a child from the dead; accordingly, Portia’s new group of paintings is concerned with a longing for spiritual transcendence, freedom from the ongoing cycle of human suffering.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.


RMB Turbine Art Fair in Joburg

12 – 14 July 2019

RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) is on the move to a new and bigger venue for the 7th edition of the Fair. RMB TAF, since its inception in 2013, has grown extensively year on year and 2019 will see the most substantial Fair yet in a new location – 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo. The event will be held from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July. Proudly partnered for a second year by RMB, TAF is a unique South African art collaboration that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works. As a talent brand, RMB nurtures and celebrates creativity widely, making this partnership a natural extension of the Bank’s respect for the possibilities that creativity unleashes. Enabling access to the arts by supporting and exposing emerging artists, attracting diverse audiences and existing and new collectors, demonstrates RMB’s commitment to transforming lives through the growth of the creative economy.

For more information, visit turbineartfair.co.za.


Untitled 7.99 Group Exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 16 July 2019

99 Loop Gallery is delighted to showcase new and emerging talent in its annual winter group show. Representing an assemblage of unique styles, the show is an exciting exploration of the subtle, the serious, the personal and the poetic.

Featured artists include Shakil Solanki; Emma Aspeling; Marolize Southwood; Jenna Wessels; Anico Mostert; Paul Wallington; Fanie Buys; Mashudu Nevhutalu; Farai Engelbreght; Ulriche Jantjies and Oda Tungodden.

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


The Light Tank Solo Exhibition by Goddy Roodt at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 16 July 2019

99 Loop Gallery is delighted to showcase The Light Tank, an interactive audio-visual experience by Goddy Roodt. As a piece that in its core is truly an experience, it transfixes audiences with its playful and purposeful interaction of music and light.

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


Conrad Hicks Solo Exhibition: Implement at Southern Guild in Cape Town

Until 17 July 2019

Image credit: Hayden Phipps

Conrad Hicks’ upcoming solo exhibition, Implement, is the culmination of an intuitive quest for beauty that the artist traces back to the origins of humankind. The new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture ripples with a primal energy, captured in the hammered marks and biomorphic forms that define the Cape Town blacksmith’s oeuvre.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.


Solo Studios in the Riebeek Valley

8 – 11 August 2019

RK Contemporary

This art experience – now in its fourth year – provides a rare opportunity to visit acclaimed artists in their studios to view and purchase art straight off the easel.  Art on offer ranges from pricier originals to smaller, more affordable artworks, prints and offshoot items. For the 2019 event, 18 resident artists have been selected as participants.  Because the event takes place largely within the homes and studios of the artists, access needs to be limited and controlled, and visitors are therefore strongly advised to pre-book to avoid disappointment. And since it is hosted over a long weekend, accommodation is likely to be filled early. Visitors are encouraged to book their accommodation well in advance on roomsinriebeek.co.za. Tickets are sold through Webtickets, ranging from the Premier Weekend Pass at R395 to day passes at R195 per day.

For more information, visit solostudios.co.za.


Yinka Shonibare Trade Winds Exhibition at The Norval Foundation in Cape Town

Until 26 August 2019

The exhibition Trade Winds by Yinka Shonibare CBE at The Norval Foundation brings together a series of artworks, including sculptures, photographs and a major installation, created between 2008 and 2018, which are connected through their use of Dutch Wax fabric.

For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org.


TSIATSIA – Searching For Connection Solo Exhibition by El Anatsui at ZEITZ MOCAA in Cape Town

Until December 2019

TSIATSIA – searching for connection, by the acclaimed artist El Anatsui, will adorn the museum’s iconic BMW Atrium until the end of the year.

El Anatsui’s work breaks away from the traditional cast of sculptural practice to invoke a multi-layered, sensory reimagining of our material world.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum.