ART AFRICA spoke to Isobel O'Connor in the build up to her solo exhibition 'DEEPER THAN SKIN,' opening this Saturday at Objekt | Design | Art Gallery in Franschhoek, South Africa.
Fearsome, playful and simultaneously profound, these photographs of African masks from West Africa (Nigeria, Gabon, and the Ivory Coast) by artist and scientist Hennric Jokeit, are bound to evoke a number of responses and questions on the part of the viewer.
Aspire Art Auction’s inaugural sale on 31 October 2016, which took place in a new venue at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, was bursting at the seams with seasoned and new bidders, proving that the market is ripe for top quality art. Viewers complimented the curated selection of works on offer and the museum quality aesthetic of the installation.
Held at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel on the 21st October 2016, six industry stalwarts were named Lifetime Achievement Award winners and five young creatives were recognised for their talent at the 19th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards.
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.
ART AFRICA spoke to Stanislaw Trzebinski about his sculptural practice, symbiosis and his upcoming exhibition 'Ortus,' which will be on show at the Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, from November through December 2016.
Matthew Hindley has extended his series of paintings, entitled 'Resurrection' exhibited at Everard Read in Cape Town last year with its focus on fire and destruction in a new body of work and has developed a slightly different stylistic methodology. His most recent body of work, 'Ruin Lust' at Everard Read in Johannesburg explores the fascination, even aesthetic beauty, associated with violence, explosions, and bomb blasts. In conversation with the artist, what became evident is that in his steering away from the merely 'pretty,' the artist wishes the viewer (and he himself) to confront the shadow side; that a recognition of one's lust for violence and chaos may in fact be cathartic. Tragedy in art may ironically lead to healthier or more profound living.
ART AFRICA spoke to Tamara James about photography, surface and and the body in her latest body of work 'Figures Within Outline,' which can be seen at Candice Berman Fine Art gallery in Johannesburg.
Situated in the small rural town of Huntly in the North East of Scotland, Deveron Arts is an international residency programme that was established in 1995 by director Claudia Zeiske, Annette Gisselbaek, and Jean Longley. Rather than occupying a defined space, Zeiske’s approach to artistic practice is to integrate artists into the small, albeit historic village, where artists are required to build an engaged, process-based project through site-specific processes within the town and the larger global community.
ART AFRICA spoke to South African artist Paul Blomkamp about his latest body of work, 'Quanta,' which will be on show at Objekt | Design | Art (ODA), Franschhoek from the 21 October - 19 November 2016. Here Blomkamp takes us through his history and working process, placing light and the 'electrical essence' of quantum science at the forefront of his practice.
ART AFRICA speaks to Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa – who gives us insights into her curatorial practice and contemporary artistic practices from the Middle East, North Africa and the region’s diaspora.
Originally published by Invisible Borders, this text by founder Emeka Okereke forms part of Borders-Within: The Trans-Nigerian Road Trip, which took place over the course of six weeks, beginning in Lagos on 12th May 2016. Through both a written and photographic record, this particular text tells of Okereke's respective conversations with two men, both of whom had experienced the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 - 1970.