Must See Exhibitions this February
The contemporary art scene in Africa has kicked off in a spectacular way with exhibitions such as Asha Zero’s Errr_Evvz, Giovanni Ozzola’s Scars, and Nicholas Hlobo’s Sewing Saws. While these exhibitions have been phenomenal, they will run their course in January. However, February also promises to be a most eventful and memorable month. We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting. So draw up your calendar and start saving the dates.
South Africa: The Art of a Nation
This is an on-going exhibition that shows the gradual development of the rich South African. The exhibition will run until February 26 at The British Museum in the UK.
Art Africa Fair
The Art Africa Fair is a commercial fair in Africa that showcases the works of talented contemporary artists in Africa. The fair will showcase works that challenge parochial perceptions surrounding Africa while provoking alternative artistic visions of the continent as defined by individual and lived experiences. Curated by Salimata Diop (Senegal/France), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria) Pierre-Christophe Gam (Cameroon/France), Thembinkosi Goniwe (South Africa) and Ruzy Rusike (South Africa), the fair begins on February 24 and runs till March 5.
Cape Town Art Fair
Cape Town is well known as a top destination for art and this is largely due to events such as the Cape Town Art Fair. This year’s edition will take place between February 17 and 19 and will feature diverse works of art from over 70 local and international galleries. Tumelo Musaka will curate the fair.
South-South: Let Me Begin Again
The South-South exhibition is a second of its kind and will feature artists such as Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Ângela Ferreira (Mozambique), Elizabet Cerviño (Cuba) and Gustavo Speridião (Brazil). The show looks at cross- cultural influences and divergence – both historical and recent – between countries such as Cuba, Brazil, South Africa and Angola, as well as other regions such as Mozambique, and Namibia, and features artists born in or living in these countries or in the diaspora. The show will take place at the Goodman Gallery in South Africa and run between January 28 and March 4.
Clive van den Berg’s A Pile of StonesClive van den Berg’s A Pile of Stones will showcase works that protest against the actions of ISIS, with the intention of eliciting empathetic acts from the viewer. The show takes place from January 19 to February 15 at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.
Leanne Olivier’s Extrinsic/Intrinsic
Talented South African artist Leanne Olivier features works that have never been seen before in her solo exhibition Extrinsic/Intrinsic at Jan Royce Gallery in South Africa. The exhibition features 11 oil paintings that depict a different way of seeing the world by wearing a headdress or mask. According to the artist, “In Extrinsic/Intrinsic, I explored these notions by creating a series of headdresses/masks, using found objects such as animal bones and jaws, shells, cutlery and rope. The headdresses were then painted in uniform white, blurring the line between what may be considered as sacred and the everyday object. It is a reflection of our interior realities paraded as exterior crowns, and in some cases, very literally”. The exhibition is on-going and will end on February 25.
Tayo Olayode’s Permutations
Olayode presents diverse works using a range of complex techniques and styles, uniquely engaging the abstract, realist and surrealist. The exhibition will open at the The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, on Saturday, January 21 and run till March 4.
Robin Rhode’s Paths and Fields
Paths and Fields is the combination of new drawings, photographs and video works that highlight Rhode’s craft, the influence of his travels to Italy, as well as a maturity in his work that reveals a newfound freedom and expression. The exhibition will take place at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town from January 26 to March 4.
Lady Skollie’s Lust Politics
In Lust Politics, Lady Skollie presents new works, which explore sex, gender roles, taboos, objectification, violence, power structures, greed and lust. The result is a body of confrontational artwork rich with suggestive images of bananas, papayas and repeated patterns of ‘pussy prints’; these fruit motifs highlight the artist’s anxiety towards unrealistic expectations of sexual and romantic relations between men and women. In these new works, delicate and vibrant colours are masterfully blended within images that transcend Lady Skollie’s own take on sexual fantasies and desires. The exhibition is on-going at the Tyburn Gallery in UK and will run till March 4.
Bogosi Sekhukhuni’s Simunye Summit 2010
South African artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni presents videos and objects set in this parallel futuristic past, using allegory and myth to rewrite history. In this parallel world, South African hero Mandela dies in prison but Steve Biko survives and the apartheid,which ends in the year 2000 is replaced by a collaborative system led by the ANC and the Nationalist Party known as Rainbowcore. The ‘summit’ at the heart of this futuristic exhibition sees the launch of a new genetics laboratory, which is presented in video and objects. The exhibition opens at the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg on February 2 and will close on March 3.
Moffat Takadiwa at Tyburn Gallery
Moffat Takadiwa is a Zimbabwean born artist who is well known for his sculptural installations constructed from found objects that speak of the cultural dominance exercised by the consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa. His exhibition runs from March 16 to May 17.
Robert Devereux’s Sina Jina Collection
The Heong Gallery from February 25 to May 21, will host the Sina Jina Collection. It features El Anatsui, Sammy Baloji, Ibrahim Mahama, Otobong Nkanga, Malick Sidibé and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye amongst other artists. The works on show are impactful, provocative and playful, with many exploring everyday life, politics, human rights, LGBT representation and identity.
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