Another Africa’s top picks for exhibitions in February around the globe, from Cape Town to Marrakech, Bergen and more. Discover the dialogue within the realm of contemporary Africana, the hot topics being proposed by the artists and curators, that are actively widening the intellectual field and encouraging dialogue.
Galerie Gabriel Rolt | Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanrin. Portable Monuments. Courtesy of Galerie Gabriel Rolt.
Portable Monuments, the first solo exhibition at Galerie Gabriel Rolt for Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. The duo’s work interrogates the documentary and ethnographic traditions of photography.
Galerie Gabriel Rolt | Elandsgracht 34, 1016 TW Amsterdam, The Netherlands | More info
Museum Voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem | Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design
Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design. Photo | Marc Pluim. Courtesy of Museum Voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem.
In Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Dutch textile brand Vlisco portrays how they became a part of various West African cultures and entered the worlds of fashion, visual arts and photography.
The exhibition explores the history of the textiles and their stories, touching on Dutch post-colonial history, taking a look at the differences and similarities between Western and non-Western cultures, and shedding light on how visual artists and top designers have been inspired by Vlisco’s textiles.
Artists & Designers | Yinka Shonibare, Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Wangechi Mutu, Fathima Tuggar, Viviane Sassen, Lucy Orta, Hans Eijkelboom, Seydou Keïta, Andrea Spotorno, Meschac Gaba, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Collectie Arnhem, Harvey Bouterse, Acne
Museum Voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem | Utrechtseweg 87 6812 AA Arnhem, Netherlands| More info
Bergen Kunsthall | Santu Mofokeng
~ Feb. 26
Santu Mofokeng. Buddhist Retreat near Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, 2003. Courtesy of Bergen Kunsthall.
Chasing Shadows, the first international retrospective of Santu Mofokeng, a photographer who consistently subverts the alleged certainties of cultural and racial histories, questioning photography’s politics of representation and its objectivity, in works dealing with a variety of issues; photographs of religious rituals, memorials or desolate landscapes. Mofokeng’s black-and-white photographs are lasting images of humanity, recording not just adversity and oppression, but also happy moments and the indomitable human spirit.
Bergen Kunsthall | Rasmus Meyers allé 5, 5015 Bergen, Norway | More info
Tache Art Gallery | Hany Rashed
Hany Rashed. Salata. Courtesy of Tache Art Gallery
Salata, a retrospective exhibition by Hany Rashed whose work focuses on social interaction in different settings – work, on the street, travel, and ultimately Egypt’s ongoing revolution. Rashed explores artful possibilities, treating his artworks as neither perfected nor static projects but rather building on old works incorporating new directions.
Tache Art Gallery | S-139, Designopolis, Km 38 Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Sheikh Zayed City, Egypt | More info
STEVENSON Gallery | Viviane Sassen
Viviane Sassen. Codex, 2010. Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery.
Parasomnia, Viviane Sassen’s photos express feelings of dislocation between home and away, night and day, life and dreams. The series comprises photographs taken in West and East Africa as well as a few taken in Europe, which frame her enigmatic and often haunting narratives.
Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town | Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town | More info
Whatiftheworld Gallery | Group Exhibition
Feb.4 – Mar. 3
Michele Mathison. ‘Smash n’ Grab, 2011. Courtesy of Whatiftheworld Gallery.
Outside The Lines , a group exhibition that engages with the material elements and physicality of abstraction. Formally the works selected emphasize composition, colour, line, shape and texture. A critical point of entry is the potential for ambiguity often associated with abstraction.
Artists | Morné Visagie, Mbongeni Dlamini, Nabeeha Mohamed, Daniella Mooney, Alexandra Karakashian, Rodan Kane Hart, Lyndi Sales, Michele Mathison, Chloe Rëid, and Anna Stielau.
Whatiftheworld Gallery | 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town | More info
Gallery MOMO | Group Show
Feb. 9 – Mar. 12, 2012
Mary Sibande. Everything Is Not Lost, 2011. Courtesy of Gallery MOMO.
Artists | Gary Stephens, Mary Sibande, Ransome Stanley, Lyndi Sales, Vitshois Bondo, Rodney Place
Gallery Momo | 52 7th Avenue, Randburg 2193, Johannesburg | More info
Goodman Gallery | Advance/…Notice
Hank Willis Thomas. Apathy, 2011. Courtesy of Goodman Gallery.
Advance/ …Notice, a group show that gives notice to innovations from their renown artists the likes of David Goldbatt, and to their newest ventures into intellectual exchange with artists whose work they are exhibited for the first time.
Artists | Reza Aramesh, Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Jodi Bieber, Willem Boshoff, Candice Breitz , Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin , Carla Busuttil, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop , Mounir Fatmi , Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt , Frances Goodman, Robert Hodgins, Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge , William Kentridge & Gerhard Marx, Sigalit Landau, Moshekwa Langa, Liza Lou, Gerhard Marx, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Walter Oltmann, Rosenclaire, Mikhael Subotzky, Claire Van Blerck & Kyle Morland, Sue Williamson, Hank Willis Thomas,Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke J Van Veuren.
Goodman Gallery | 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193 | More info
STEVENSON Gallery | Sabelo Mlangeni
~ 24 February 2012
Sabelo Mlangeni. Twins, 2011. Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery.
Black Men in Dress & Iimbali brings together two bodies of work. The first, Black Men in Dress comprises a series of portraits photographed at the Johannesburg and Soweto Pride and the later, Imbali photographed at reed dances in KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland. The works contemplate themes of identity, ritual and belonging.
Stevenson Gallery, Johanesburg | 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein 2001, Johannesburg | More info
TIWANI CONTEMPORARY | Synchronicity II
Feb.3 – Mar.17
Steeve Bauras. Chili, 2007. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary Gallery.
Synchronicity II, a show rooted in contemporary creativity within a global context presents work by nine artists from Africa and its diaspora – most of whom are showing in London for the first time . Like the
experience of synchronicity in psychoanalysis, their artistic practices capture the spirit of the moment, connected on one hand yet individual on the other. Presented by Tiwani Contemporary and curated by the collective On The Roof in partnership with baudoin lebon, Paris.
Artists | Malala Andrialavidrazana, Steeve Bauras, James Barnor, François-Xavier Gbré, Em’Kal, Kapwani Kiwanga, Amina Menia, Grace Ndiritu, Abraham O. Oghobase
16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP | More info
JACK BELL GALLERY | Gonçalo Mabunda
Feb.16 – Mar.17
Gonçalo Mabunda.Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery.
New work by Gonçalo Mabunda whose sculptures are fashioned out of deactivated weapons from the 1977-1992 Mozambican civil war.
13 Mason’s Yard, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6BU | More info
Arts In Marrakech Biennale | Surrender & Higher Atlas
Feb.29 – Jun.3
Arts in Marrakech works to form cultural bridges and dialogues creating a forum for debate, free thinking and the exchange of ideas through contemporary Visual Art, Literature and Film. The opening 5 days titled Surrender will consist of Performances, Debates, Talks and Screenings as well as the opening of the Main Visual Arts Exhibition, Higher Atlas curated by Carson Chan and Nadim Samman. High connotes reverie and transcendence. Higher Atlas suggests a cartography of the beyond. All works will be new site-specific commissions, conceived and created on location with local craftspeople and manufacturers. Over thirty international artists, architects, writers, musicians and composers will be showing their work. The exhibition seeks to engage in an expansive dialogue with the city.
Higher Atlas Artists| جماعة, Younes Baba-Ali, Barkow Liebinger (Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger), Joe Clark, CocoRosie (Bianca Cassidy, Sierra Cassidy), Matthew Stone & Phoebe Collings-James, Hassan Darsi, Alexandra Domanovic, Sophie Erlund, Tue Greenfort, Eva Grubinger, Jürgen Mayer H., Hadley & Maxwell, Elín Hansdóttir, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Roger Hiorns, Katia Kameli, Felix Kiessling, Faouzi Laatiris, Juliana Leite, Chi Wo Leung, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Megumi Matsubara, Christopher Mayo, John Nash, Karthik Pandian, Finnbogi Pétursson, Alexander Ponomarev, Luca Pozzi, Katarzyna Pszewańska, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Andrew Ranville, Anri Sala, Alex Schweder La & Khadija Carroll La, Pascal Martine Tayou, Sinta Werner
Maison Revue Noire | Jean Depara
Jean Depara. Depara, Night & Day in Kinshasa, 1955-1965. Courtesy of Maison Revue Noire.
Depara, Night & Day in Kinshasa, 1955-1965 is the first retrospective exhibition of Jean Depara depicting Leopoldville (renamed Kinshasa). On view scenes from those heady days and nights as the nation neared and claimed its independence. From it’s youth frolicking at bars, their crazy nights to images of Franco, a leading musician in his day and more.
Maison Revue Noire | 8 rue Cels, 75014 Paris | More info
James Cohan Gallery | Yinka Shonibare MBE
Feb.16 – Mar.24
Yinka Shonibare MBE. Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton – Henry Wallis). Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Addio del Passato is a multi-part exhibition of new sculptures, photoworks and the premiere of a new film, Shonibare explores the concept of destiny as it relates to themes of desire, yearning, love, power and sexual repression.
James Cohan Gallery | 533 West 26th Street, New York | More info
The Walther Collection Project Space | August Sander and Seydou Seydou Keïta: Portraiture and Social Identity
~ Mar. 10
August Sander, High School Student, 1926 and Seydou Keïta, Untitled, 1952-1955. Courtesy of The Walther Collection
August Sander and Seydou Seydou Keïta: Portraiture and Social Identity unites the portraiture of two modern photography masters, Sander and Keïta. Their images vividly capture the rapid social transformations of the twentieth century through the faces of everyday people. Encapsulating two distinct cultures in pivotal moments of societal transition, Sander and Keïta’s portraits reflect on the experience and role of the individual in Germany and Mali.
The Walther Collection Project Space | 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, New York | More info