Stevenson participated in Frieze New York this year with a solo presentation by Portia Zvavahera, from 14 - 17 May 2015. Related press: Jason Farago for The Guardian (14 May 2014); Rob Colvin for Hyperallergic (15 May 2015)
Artists / Exhibitions
Samson Kambalu and Barthélémy Toguo are included in All the World's Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor for the 56th Venice Biennale, which opened on 9 May and runs until 22 November.
Related press: Samson Kambalu interviewed by Matteo Mottin for ATP Diary (22 May 2015); Barthélémy Toguo interviewed in The Sole Adventurer (26 May 2015); designboom on Barthélémy Toguo (12 May 2015)
Robin Rhode, Jo Ractliffe, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Nandipha Mntambo have been selected to participate in What remains is tomorrow, curated by Christopher Till and Jeremy Rose, for the Pavilion of South Africa at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, running from 9 May to 22 November 2015.
Related press: Jeremy Kuper in the Mail & Guardian (20 May 2015)
Zanele Muholi and Viviane Sassen were both shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015, won by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse. The annual prize 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 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection). Sassen was nominated for her exhibition Umbra at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, 2014.
Meleko Mokgosi and Serge Alain Nitegeka are both included in A story within a story... curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose for the 8th edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, running from 12 September to 22 November 2015.
Zanele Muholi's solo exhibition, Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence, is on at the Brooklyn Museum from 1 May until 1 November 2015, and she is included in Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, New York, from 5 June - 9 September 2015. Her work is currently featured in the Wellcome Collection's exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, in London (until September 2015), and in Paris the Pompidou Centre's recent acquisition of her work is on display within their permament collection exhibition, and she will participate in The Lesbian Spring Festival, Toulouse, France. Muholi is included in The Order of Things: Photography from The Walther Collection at The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany, from 17 May to 10 October 2015.
Related press: Martha Schwendener reviews Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence for the International New York Times (14 May 2015); Agustina Zeger's article for DIS Magazine (12 May 2015); Peter 'Souleo' Wright's review for the Huffington Post (8 May 2015); Andrea K. Scott reviews for The New Yorker (18 May 2015); Cristina Ruiz writes on Zanele Muholi for the Financial Times (8 May 2015); Christian Viveros-Fauné reviews Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence for artnet (7 May 2015); Muholi's publication, Faces and Phases 2006-14 (Steidl), reviewed in the Mail & Guardian by Same Mdluli (12 December 2014); Leila Dee Dougan interviews Muholi in The Journalist; Muholi's photograph LiTer II, 2012, selected as one of Art History's Greatest Kisses (BBC Online, 13 Februay 2015); Our Hero's: Zanele Muholi, in LGBTQIA History Month (Regendre, 17 February 2015); Deborah Willis interviews for Aperture Magazine (#218, Spring).
Edson Chagas is one of three artists shortlisted for the 11th Novo Banco Photo Award; an exhibition by the artists will open at Museu Colecao Berardo, Lisbon, on 17 June, and the winner of the 40 000 euro award will be announced in September. Chagas is included in First Donations, from 24 February to 31 May at Zeitz MOCAA.Daniel Naude will participate in In Focus: Animalia at The Getty Center, Los Angeles from 26 May to 18 October 2015.
Related press: A history of photographing animals in The Guardian (26 May 2015)
Nandipha Mntambo's solo exhibition, Love and its companions, at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, runs from 23 April to 23 May 2015, and from 17 May until 1 November 2015 she is exhibiting at Wanås Konst, Sweden, in the group exhibition Barriers. Mntambo is also showing work in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, a touring exhibition which runs from 18 June 2015 to 7 September 2015 at the Seattle Art Museum; 18 October 2015 to 13 March 2016 at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles and from 29 April 2016 to 11 September 2016 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.Dineo Seshee Bopape's recent solo exhibition We need the memories of all our members, at Hordaland Kunstenter, Bergen, Norway, ran until 24 May 2015.
Portia Zvavahera and Kemang Wa Lehulere were included in African Odysseys at Le Brass, Brussels, 3 April to 17 May 2015.
Zander Blom's solo exhibition, New Work, opened at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany, on 10 April, and continues through May 2015.
Penny Siopis' Time and Again: A Retrospective Exhibition, which first showed at the South African National Gallery, tours to Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, from 22 April to 20 July 2015. The survey show is accompanied by a major monograph edited by Gerrit Olivier and published by Wits University Press. Siopis also presents her films in The Unfinished Conversation at Beirut Art Centre until 2 May.
Related press: Graham Wood reviews the Wits Art Museum installation for The Times (8 May 2015); Sean O'Toole reviews Time and Again for Frieze (No. 169, March 2015); Time and Again reviewed by Melvyn Minnaar in Die Burger (9 Janaury 2015), and in the Mail & Guardian (16 January 2015); Lucinda Jolly reviews Time and Again in The Cape Times (2 February 2015); Anna Stielau reviews for Artthrob (24 February); Ashraf Jamal reviews for Financial Times (15 January)
Meschac Gaba's work, Lipstick Building (2004), will be on view as part of the exhibition Salon Style in the mezzanine gallery at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, which runs from 26 March to 28 June.
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, Deutsche Börse 2015 review - shadowy burqas v epic towerblocks (The Guardian, 15 April 2015); Sean O'Hagan on the shortlist (The Guardian, 3 December 2014)
Robin Rhode's first major exhibition in Scandinavia, The Sudden Walk, was exhibited at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm, Sweden, from 14 February to 3 May 2015. Rhode has also been selected to participate in the 12th Havana Biennial, Between the Idea and Experience, running from 22 May - 22 June 2015.
Pieter Hugo has been selected as the inaugural In Focus artist by the National Portrait Gallery, London, within their major global photography exhibition, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 (12 November 2015 - 21 February 2016). Hugo's work is included in I will go there, take me home, curated by Gregory McCartney at MAC Belfast, which runs from 8 May to 26 July 2015, and in Beastly/Tierisch at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich, from 30 May to 4 October 2015. His recent solo exhibition Kin ran from 14 January to 26 April at Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson, Paris. The publication Kin, by Aperture (2014), features a short story by Ben Okri and is available from the gallery. See publications.
Related press: 'Pieter Hugo' (Frederica Miller, Artblog Cologne, 4 February 2015); '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); Marie-Anne Kleiber on Kin in Le Journal du Dimanche (1 February 2015)
Serge Alain Nitegeka's first museum exhibition in the US Configuration in Black, curated by Alexandra Sachs, opened on 17 February and runs until 29 July 2015, at the SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia. Nitegeka is also presenting 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, until 26 June 2015.
Related press: Profile article by Julie L. Belcove for Architectural Digest (22 May 2015); Review of Configuration in Black by Brian Boucher for Artnet (10 March 2015)
Viviane Sassen has been awarded the David Octavius Hill Medal from the German Photography Academy, which was presented on 25 April 2015, along with the Arts Award of the city of Leinfelden-Echterdingen. Sassen recently exhibited Pikin Slee at the ICA, London, between 3 February and 12 April 2015, and will participate in When I Give I Give Myself, at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam from 19 May 2015 to 17 Jan 2016.
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); Pikin Slee reviewed by Bojana Kozarevic in i-D magazine, London (3 February 2015); The Financial Times review of Pikin Slee by Rachel Spence (10 February 2015); Marcel Feil review for Wallpaper (March 2015)
Odili Donald Odita recently participated in Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, a survey show that explored 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). Also in Philadelphia, Odita has been selected for Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, part of the city's Mural Arts Program, 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. Wa Lehulere has been commissioned to create a new work for The Improbable City as part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival's 2015 programme, running from 30 July to 30 August. In London, at Gasworks, Wa Lehulere will inaugurate their redeveloped space with a solo project in September 2015.
Related press: Sue Blaine's review on To Whom It May Concern, Business Day (29 January 2015); Athi Joja's review on To Whom It May Concern, Mail & Guardian (30 January 2015); Theresa Smith reviews in Cape Argus on 4 February 2015; Melvyn Minnaar reviews in Die Burger (7 February 2015); Art Agenda review by Nancy Dantas (9 February 2015); Ashraf Jamal review for Financial Times (5 February 2015); Lucinda Jolly review for Cape Times (12 February 2015)
Jo Ractliffe is included in THEOREM: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself, curated by curator and art critic Octavio Zaya, at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey from 3 May to 1 August, 2015. Ractliffe is also included in Conflict, Time, Photography (previously at Tate Modern, London), at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, from 10 April until 5 July 2015, which travels to Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden from 31 July to 25 October 2015.
Steven Cohen is partaking in a residency in Strasbourg organised by Haute école des arts du Rhin, Pôle Sud and FRAC Alsace, between 9 April to 28 June 2015. Recently he performed his work Chandelier at Spotlight South Africa, a three week festival celebrating the best of South African performance at Canadian Stage, Toronto, from 22 to 25 April 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, and on Sunday 26 April video documentation of Cohen's Chandelier was screened as part of the debate Urban Places - Public Spaces at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg.
Related press: Steven Cohen discussing his work on HEAR (6 May 2015); Steven Cohen interviewd by Clémentine Gallot in Libération, France (11 March)
Anton Kannemeyer was included in Africa Now - Political Patterns, at the Seoul Museum of Art, Korea (16 December 2014 - 15 February 2015). Watch Kannemeyer in discussion with Ferial Haffajee, editor of City Press, on Kyknet, discussing issues around free speech after the Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks (15 January 2015), and read about his book Papa in Afrika being censored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.
Nicholas Hlobo's Balindile II was on display at Centre Pompidou, Paris, as part of A HISTORY (art architecture design, from the 80s to now) 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.
Between 14 March and 13 September 2015 Zanele Muholi, Sabelo Mlangeni, Anton Kannemeyer, Robin Rhode 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 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.