‘Coexistence’ – a virtual show reimagining possibilities of gallery spaces & exhibition relics in the digital

TMRW Gallery presents Coexistence, a virtual experience exhibition presented as an application that can be downloaded by viewers. Navigating this virtual world reminds one of the original Sims game through the first-person perspective. The show and the artworks demonstrate a fluidity and agility of practice that these artists possess, and have stretched while creating under…

Curation + Creating with ‘KWAAI’ curator Christina Leigh Fortune

That people labelled ‘coloured’ through apartheid social engineering have been excelling in art, sports, music, academics (in fact, in every arena possible) throughout our history, is nothing new. What is of note is that almost three decades after the first democratic elections, we have yet to rid ourselves of the negative stereotypes associated with this…

Public Hearings // echoes of the past reverberate through digital space

To argue for or against. To refute, to testify. To admit guilt or defend innocence. The Public Hearings online festival approaches women’s rights issues through a lens of artistic research practices. Co-curated by Annett Busch and Marie-Hélène Gutberlet in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, the festival was prompted by a research trip to South Africa….

Jerusalema Blues | Izinyembezi ’s collaged other stories

“Johannesburg, a city fathered by gold, mothered by money, then commandeered by white men with cruelty and greed.” “This is what I call redistribution, via back door.” Jerusalema, 2008 There’s something about the collage artworks created by artist Benni Mahlangu who makes work under the pseudonym Izinyembezi, that elicits unnamed feelings that have moved through…

Channeling Divinity | Duduza Mchunu

There has always been an intrepid yet quiet sense of energy in all that Duduza Mchunu makes as an artist, a channel for her own spiritual essence, her means of communicating revelatory symbolism is through the varying mediums that she employs as a multi-disciplinary artist. Duduza’s advocacy for artistic expression as a form of healing…

‘8’- An ambitious new South African folk horror

2020 is a big year for South African director’s making films about evil and cursed farmhouses! First out were the cosmic terrors of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, that was followed by the Afrikaans drama Griekwastad—based on the horrific true life crimes of Don Steenkamp. And now, Netflix has released Harold Holscher’s 8 (also…

Exhibitionary Feels: Re-membering the FUBA Archive

Dust-filled shelves of forgotten memories. The paperwork of people and places half-remembered in the recesses of a long-lived experience. The allure of the archive beckons. It draws you in; through the rustling of paper and hushed tones. Three postgraduate students from the University of the Witwatersrand heard and answered the call. Exhibitionary Feels: Re-membering the…

Neo Matloga’s ‘Back of the Moon’

Home or domestic space — has taken on additional meanings during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown. These spaces are seen to be places of safety and comfort but also of danger, concern and nostalgia. Feelings have oscillated between feeling trapped and restricted to feeling protected. Back of the Moon, an offsite show through the Stevenson Gallery…