Arising African Perspectives
From May 5 to 27, 2017, LKB/G will present Arising African Perspectives by South African artists Mxolisi Vusi Beauchamp and Io Makandal, and Ghanaian artist Gideon Appah. The gallery aims to establish a unique platform of exhibiting art from the Global South in Germany.
Io Makandal, born 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa, holds a bachelor of arts degree in fine art at Michaelis, UCT in Cape Town, a post graduate in Business Acumen for artists’ from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The artist meanders through materials and themes, intuiting objects in space, offsetting and pairing them with unexpected counterparts. She sets up a designated space, the objects can begin to jostle up against each other in a sort of struggle for power. Exploring an urban ecology, her work meditates and militates against the effects of urbanism on the environment and human psyche during the Anthropocene. She has featured in several exhibitions such as An Imaginary Solution, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa (2011); Beggin’ For Change, Cube-Route, Cape Town, South Africa (2013); No End To This, No End Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); Barclays L’Atelier Top 100, Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); FNB Art Fair Gallery Solo Projects Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); and Entropy Into A Third Landscape, Kalashnikovv, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017).
Mxolisi Vusi Beauchamp, born 1979 in Limpopo, South Africa, studied print making and painting at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria and graphic design at Damelin, Johannesburg, South Africa. Vusi describes himself as being not only an artist but also a multimedia designer and art director. He creates artworks by means of painting, spray-painting and stencils to comment on social issues and on the politicians and events that make up the South African social landscape. These works are the artistic version of satirical journalism and social critique, often controversial. He has featured in several exhibitions such as Smokin Cheese, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa (2009); Tshayile, Platform, Pretoria, South Africa (2012); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2014); Paradyse of the Damned, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa (2015); Woordfees, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2016); and Cape Town art fair, Cape Town, South Africa (2016).
Gideon Appah, born 1989 in Accra, Ghana, holds a bachelor of arts degree in fine Arts from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana. His works are the artistic version of satirical journalism and social critique, and is greatly influenced by imagery and marks of temporary structures, as well as informal signage of the socio-cultural and economic landscape of Accra’s urban spaces. A regular element in Appah’s works are numbers and signage which he derives from the lottery kiosks in Ghana. He expresses his ideas onto canvasses by a method of scratching through painted surfaces to reveal these marks whilst adding mixed media materials. He has featured in several exhibitions such as Sensation, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana (2013); Artists in Focus, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana (2014); Da Vinci Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Origins and Lineages, DF Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2016); and Between a life and its dream (Scrawl paintings), Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a winner of awards including Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition, Johannesburg, South Africa – Merit Award winner (2015); and Live workshop, Barclays L’Atelier Residency, Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016).
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