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.
This year, AKAA welcomes five Special Projects. These exhibits hold a prominent place in the cultural programming of AKAA, whose goal is the development of cultural initiatives that contribute to increase the visibility of artists in Africa and beyond.
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.
The coming six months will perhaps be some of the most interesting and testing times in the story of African contemporary art and its international market engagement. From September 2016 to February 2017, there will be eight art fairs dedicated to African art, three of which will be first editions (Art X Lagos, AKAA and Accra Contemporary) and five of which will be on the continent (FNB JoburgArtFair, Art X Lagos, Accra Contemporary, Cape Town Art Fair and the ART AFRICA Fair), as well as the already established 1:54, London. The expansion of market events in the African contemporary art scene appears a sensible progression from the enormous attention that African contemporary art has received over the past three to four years. However, to treat the current status quo as a fait accomplis, without analysing the broader historical context and current international market trends beyond the niche, would be a mistake.
Crowded into the newly renovated Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, a congregation of artists, writers, gallerists, curators, educators, and facilitators sat down to an aptly titled panel discussion, 'Making Space.' This conversation took place a couple months ago, yet in light of the current #FeesMustFall movement, it would appear that the need for such conversations and the need to create alternative spaces for education and growth is more prevelant now than ever.
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.
Lhola Amira is sitting at a table, a glass of wine in one hand, looking pensively at the laptop screen in front of her. She’s dressed in a smart, earth coloured onesie, high-heels and head gear. There’s a chopping board on the table; a big cutting knife; a packet of menthol cigarettes; two bottles of wine; a bag of red onions; a book; and underwear – lots of it. By this point, the onions are lying in a large, homogenous and finely-diced heap next to the knife. There’s a suitcase lying open on the floor, full of colourful underwear. She stands up and continues dicing the remaining onions, knocking the tears back with wine. At one point she grabs a cigarette off the table, moving toward the window of the gallery space where she lights up, observing the people around her.
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.
Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to London between the 6th - 9th October 2016, marking its fourth consecutive edition at Somerset House.
Since its inception the fair has grown to include more work from a wider range of voices. Testament to this are the approximate forty participating exhibitors, presenting over one-hundred and ffty African and African diasporan artists. Rather than just a space to view art, the fair encourages engagement and the exchange of ideas and knowledge across disciplines and locales. As fair Director Touria El Glaoui points out in the interview to follow, 1:54 functions as a bridge between Africa and the West, "working with organisations and initiatives beyond 1:54, and outside of London and New York, in order to make dialogue possible beyond the fair itself."
ART AFRICA spoke to Lizette Chirrime following a successful exhibition at Worldart gallery in Cape Town. In this interview Chirrime speaks about her practice and the restorative nature of art, as well as the body of work that will be presented by Yellowoods Art at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, next week.
Presented by Circle Art Gallery, Jackie Karuti's work will be on show at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair between the 6th - 9th October at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London. ART AFRICA spoke to Karuti about about her recent nomination as a finalist in the Barclays L'Atelier award, as well as her ongoing projects 'In The Case of Books', and 'I Can't Wait to See You'.
ART AFRICA spoke to Paul Ndema in the lead up to 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to discuss the role of the fair in elevating the profile of contemporary African art, and some of the themes inherent in his recent body of work.
In January 2016 founders Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile opened a gallery in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, called Addis Fine Art, aimed at creating a presence for Ethiopian artists in international spaces. Accumulatively the duo have twenty years experience in dealing and curating Fine Art from the region. ART AFRICA spoke with co-founder Rakeb Sile following a successful show at the FNB JoburgArtFair about their vision for the space and presentation at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
Presented by 50 Golborne Gallery, Olalekan Jeyifous spoke to ART AFRICA about the body of work on show at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London next week.
Johan Myburg speaks to Lien Botha about her novel, art practice and her journey from documentary photographer to contemporary artist.
Prolific artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor speaks to ART AFRICA about memory, history, space, and place.
ART AFRICA spoke to Emo de Medeiros in light of his upcoming solo exhibition ‘Transpositions,’ which will be on show at 50 Golborne Gallery, London, from the 5th October – 20th November 2016, with a simultaneous installation and performance of Kaleta/Kaleta taking place in a former banquing hall in London’s Notting Hill area. The installation and performance will be open to the public between the 5th – 6th October. He will also be showcasing work at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, which opens next week.
Having recently exhibited his work at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the START Art Fair, London, ART AFRICA spoke to John Vusi Mfupi about his upcoming exhibition 'Ashes to Life,' which opens on the 29th September 2016 at Candice Berman Fine Art in Johannesburg. Here Mfupi speaks about his use of collage, the importance of education and the burning of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo.
ART AFRICA caught up with South African artist Johannes du Plessis to discuss his latest body of work, 'Imagine,' which will be on show at the Jan Royce Gallery in Cape Town from the 06 - 22 October 2016.