Goodman Gallery will have a new street-level presence in Cape Town when its Video Room opens on Saturday, 29 October downstairs from the gallery in Fairweather House on Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock’s main artery. The space will add a dynamic element to the gallery’s programming with curated films on show, book launches, performances and print exhibitions.
"The new space gives us the flexibility to host more engaging and interactive events," said Tony East, director of Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. "These will intersect with and complement our exhibition programme in the gallery, functioning both as an extension of them and independently."
The space launches at the same time that Goodman Gallery Cape Town opens 'In Context: Where We Are', a group exhibition of African artists that complements 'In Context: Africans in America' at the gallery’s Johannesburg location. It will feature video work by Sue Williamson, Gerald Machona, Gerhard Marx in collaboration with Phillip Miller and Maja Marx, and Tabita Rezaire, echoing the thematic content of 'Where We Are' with a focus on the individual as an anchor to place. Through personal witness and testimonial in various guises the artists lay bare the complexities of South Africa’s past and present, denying any easy resolution. They address historical traumas related to oppression as well as present-day phenomena including xenophobia, always with the individual as a focus.
The Video Room will host an ongoing film programme in a dedicated projection room. Books published by the gallery will be on sale and a library of reference materials and digital resources will be available for members of the public to use. "We would like the Video Room to be a place where anyone can spend time learning more about our artists," said East.
Goodman Gallery Cape Town Video Room hours:
Saturday: 10h00–13h00 (closed Monday).