Artists / Exhibitions
Zanele Muholi and Viviane Sassen have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, alongside Mikhael Subotzky, Patrick Waterhouse and Nikolai Bakharev. The annual prize of £30 000, established by The Photographers' Gallery, London, rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which is felt to have significantly contributed to photography in Europe. Muholi was shortlisted for her publication Faces and Phases (Steidl/The Walther Collection), while Sassen was nominated for her exhibition Umbra at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at The Photographers' Gallery on 28 May 2015.
Related press: Sean O'Hagan on the shortlist (The Guardian, 3 December 2014)
Pieter Hugo was selected for the third Prospect New Orleans biennial, titled Notes for Now curated by Franklin Sirmans (25 October 2014 - 25 January 2015). On 29 January Hugo has a solo exhibition Corporeality, opening at Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany, which closes on 11 April 2015. His exhibition Kin is on from 14 January to 26 April at Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson, Paris, and the publication Kin, published by Aperture, 2014, features a short story by Ben Okri and is available from the gallery. See publications.
Related press: 'Portraits of Reconciliation' (New York Times Magazine, 6 April 2014); In touch with Pieter Hugo's 'Kin' (Greg Nicolson, Daily Maverick, 9 October 2013); Kin reviewed (The Wall Street Journal, 20 September 2013); Sean O'Hagan on Kin (The Guardian, 10 September 2013)
Nandipha Mntambo and Zanele Muholi both have films screening in films4peace at Zeitz MOCAA Centre for the Moving Image until 1 February 2015, curated by Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA.
Serge Alain Nitegeka's first museum exhibition in the US Configuration in Black, curated by Alexandra Sachs, opens on 17 February and runs until 29 July 2015, at the SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia. Nitegeka will also present work in Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, North Carolina, USA, curated by Rehema Barber. (Opens 7 February)
Penny Siopis' Time and Again: A Retrospective Exhibition, curated by Ernestine White, opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town on 17 December and continues until 23 March 2015. The survey show is accompanied by a major monograph edited by Gerrit Olivier and published by Wits University Press. On 23 January 2015 four of Siopis' films screened during the 16th Dresdner Schmalfilmtage Film Festival at Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany, followed by an artist's talk on 25 January 2015. Siopis' 2010 film Obscure White Messenger is included in the exhibition Angels with dirty faces running from 3 February until 28 February 2015 at Galerie Les Filles De Calvaire, Paris. Between 23 February and 2 May 2015 she will present her films in The Unfinished Conversation at Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, which includes a roundtable discussion with Zineb Sedira and John Akomfrah - taking place on 25 February 2015.
Related press: Time and Again reviewed by Melvyn Minnaar in Die Burger (9 Janaury 2015), and in the Mail & Guardian (16 January 2015)
Simon Gush's solo exhibition After Work opens at Galerie Jette Rudolph on 17 January continuing until 25 February 2015, and his film Iseeyou has been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, screening from 21 January to 1 February 2015.
Odili Donald Odita is participating in Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, a survey show that explores the evolving ways in which African American artists have expressed personal, political, and racial identity, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (10 January - 5 April 2015).
Kemang Wa Lehulere has been named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2015, with a solo exhibition opening at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, in July 2015 and proceeding to tour the country.
Zanele Muholi's work is currently featured in the Wellcome Collection's exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, in London (until September 2015). On 12 February 2015 she will receive the Ryerson Outstanding International Alumni Award, which honours outstanding Ryerson graduates who have not only excelled in their careers, but have also made a significant contribution to their profession, community and country. She will participate in Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship, a group show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in February 2015, and between 21 February to 29 March 2015 her solo exhbition The Art of Activism, wil show at Akershus Kunstsenter, Norway. At New Art Exchange, UK, Muholi will participate in Residual: traces of the black body, running from 13 March to 7 April 2015.
Jo Ractliffe has a solo exhibition, Someone Else's Country, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (11 October 2014 - 26 April 2015). Her work is included in Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, London, from 26 November to 15 March, and her As Terras do Fim do Mundo - The Borderlands exhibits at Fondation A Stichting, Brussels, from 25 January to 29 March 2015.
Viviane Sassen's first solo exhibition in London, Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992-2012, was at The Photographers Gallery from 31 October 2014 to 18 January 2015. Also in London, she will exhibit Pikin Slee at the ICA, from 3 February to 12 April 2015. Sassen's In and Out of Fashion
(13 December 2014 - 15 February 2015), is currently exhibiting at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
Related press: Review of Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992-2012 by Ashitha Nagesh in Artforum, (January 2015); Interview by Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian, 12 October 2013); 'Double exposure: The two faces of Viviane Sassen's photography' (The Guardian, 1 February 2013); Review of In and Out of Fashion by Annie Goodner (Frieze, 21 January 2013)
Steven Cohen will show 6 videos at Rencontre avec Steven Cohen, presented by Heure Exquise, at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille on 3 March 2015. At MAC VAL, Val-de-Marne Contemporary Art Museum, France, Cohen will participate in Chercher le garcon, a group exhibition running from 7 March to 30 August 2015.
Between 6 Feb and 4 April 2015 Guy Tillim, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Pieter Hugo will participate in Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa, at the Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA.
Anton Kannemeyer is included in Color Theory at MUAC, Mexico City (27 September 2014 - 9 February 2015), as well as Africa Now - Political Patterns, at the Seoul Museum of Art, Korea (16 Decemeber 2014 - 15 February 2015). Watch Kannemeyer in discussion with Ferial Haffajee, editor of City Press, on Kyknet, discussing issues around free speech after the Cahrlie Hebdo Paris attacks (15 January 2015)
The current exhibition at The New Church Museum, Cape Town - Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart curated by Marilyn Martin, includes works by Zander Blom, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Wim Botha, Ian Grose, Nicholas Hlobo, Penny Siopis, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Ernest Mancoba. The exhibition runs from 4 December 2014 to 25 April 2015.
Nicholas Hlobo's Balindile II is on display at Centre Pompidou, Paris, as part of A HISTORY (art architecture design, from the 80s to now) and will run until 7 March 2016. A room of Hlobo's work curated by Kerryn Greenberg is part of the exhibition Energy and Process at Tate Modern, London.
Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester and including works by Jane Alexander, Jo Ractliffe, Guy Tillim and Sabelo Mlangeni, travels to Museum Africa in Newtown (after previous showings at the ICP, New York, and Haus der Kunst, Munich). The exhibition closes on 30 April 2015.
Between 14 March and 13 September 2015 Zanele Muholi, Sabelo Mlangeni, Anton Kannemeyer and Guy Tillim will exhibit in Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, at Vitra Design Museum, Germany.
Nicholas Hlobo, Guy Tillim, Nandipha Mntambo, Wim Botha, Edson Chagas and Jane Alexander will show together in The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, curated by writer and art critic Simon Njami, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Washington, from 8 April to 2 August 2015.