Artists / Exhibitions


Zanele Muholi was presented with a Prince Claus Award on Friday 14 February in Johannesburg. Her work is currently on view at Wits Art Museum as part of Queer and Trans Art-iculations, a joint exhibition with Gabrielle Le Roux (until 30 March). She has solo shows at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts (until 27 April); at Wentrup Gallery, Berlin (until 28 February); and at the Schwules Museum, Berlin (21 March to 9 June). Current group exhibitions include the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received the Fine Prize for an emerging artist (until 16 March) and Worldwide Africa: Fashioning Personhood at Minneapolis Institute of Arts (until 3 August). Muholi's Faces and Phases will be included on the International Photo Festival of Photography in Knokke-Heist, Belgium (30 March to 9 June).
Related press: Human Rights Watch video on Zanele Muholi (25 November); 'Power of the victor' (City Press, 7 April 2013); Interview by Bim Adewunmi (New Statesman, 30 March 2013); 'Saving Face: The Portraits of Zanele Muholi' (Time LightBox, 25 February 2013)

Zander Blom won the 2013 Jean-Francois Prat Prize, Paris.

Simon Gush has a solo show, Red, at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, opening 27 March. Gush and Kemang Wa Lehulere exhibit alongside Kudzanai Chiurai on This is not Africa, this is us at West Den Haag, the Netherlands (7 February to 29 March).

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, opens on 21 February and runs till 29 June. The exhibition features works by artists in SFMoMA's collection, such as Pieter Hugo, and others including Nicholas Hlobo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Anton Kannemeyer, Zanele Muholi, Penny Siopis, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Jo Ractliffe. Muholi gives an artist's talk on 12 March and a symposium on visual activism takes place on 14 to 16 March.

Viviane Sassen has a solo show, Umbra, at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, from 8 March to 1 June. Lexicon, her Venice Biennale installation, shows at the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, from 22 March to 15 June, travelling next to the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. The retrospective of her fashion work, In and Out of Fashion, is currently on view at the André Leon Talley Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia (18 February - 4 May), and continues to tour. The accompanying book, published by Prestel, won the Kees Scherer prize for best Dutch photography book of 2011/2, and a gold medal for best photo book of 2013 in Germany.
Related press: 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); 'Cool and noteworthy' (British Journal of Photography, 26 December 2012)

Dineo Seshee Bopape is a finalist in the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is one of four finalists in the visual arts, one of whom will be selected for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with this year's mentor, Olafur Eliasson. Bopape is included on Ruffnek Constructivists, curated by Kara Walker, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (12 February to 17 August); and The Lightning Speed of the Present, Boston University College of Fine Arts (23 January to 30 March).

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 opens on 12 February and runs until 29 June.

Huis Marseille in Amsterdam presents Apartheid and After, a photography exhibition taking the work of David Goldblatt as its starting point and focusing on his successors, among them Jo Ractliffe, Guy Tillim, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Sabelo Mlangeni and Daniel Naudé. The show opens on 15 March and runs till 8 June; on 16 March guided tours will be given by Ractliffe and Goldblatt.

Steven Cohen exhibits the installation Inscribed in the Book of Life on the group show Black Milk: Holocaust in Contemporary Art at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark (18 January to 27 April). He will perform Chandelier on 4 Days of Creation at Les Subsistances, Lyon, on 29 March.

Anton Kannemeyer has work on Meeting Points 7, curated by WHW (What, How & for Whom) and titled Ten Thousand Wiles & A Hundred Thousand Tricks at M HKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen), Antwerp (24 October to 16 February), travelling to Para Site in Hong Kong, the Beirut Art Centre and 21er haus, Vienna.

Robin Rhode is the recipient of the 2014 Roy R Neuberger Exhibition Prize, a biannual prize which celebrates an exceptional artist with an early-career survey and catalogue. Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday, a 10-year survey of his work, will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, from 4 May to 10 August. Rhode also has a solo exhibition, Rhode Works, at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, from 5 May to 1 June.

Pieter Hugo's survey exhibition, This Must Be the Place, travels to Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, (28 March to 1 June), after showing at Fotografiska - the Swedish Museum of Photography - in Stockholm; the exhibition continues to tour.
Related press: 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); Pieter Hugo interviewed by Noah Rabinowitz (Guernica, 15 May 2012); This Must Be the Place book review by Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian, 8 April 2012)

Wim Botha has won the Helgaard Steyn Prize for sculpture for his 2010 artwork Blastwave at the Nedbank headquarters in Johannesburg. He received the R500 000 prize, which is given every four years, on 26 November in Bloemfontein. Botha had a solo exhibition at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, from 9 November to 11 January, following his third solo show at Galerie Jette Rudolph in Berlin.
Related press: 'Botha wen die Helgaard Steyn-prys' (Die Burger, 10 November 2013)

Nicholas Hlobo had a solo exhibition titled Intethe (A Sketch for an Opera) at Locust Projects in Miami, running till 20 December. Hlobo is also included on Threads at Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands (15 March to 17 August); and Discontinuous Line: Selections from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection, Oliva Creative Factory, S João de Madeira, Portugal (until 4 May 2014).
Related press: Nicholas Hlobo at Miami's Locust Projects (Miami Herald, 25 November 2013);

Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Sabelo Mlangeni, Pieter Hugo, Guy Tillim, Berni Searle and Andrew Putter have work on Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, the third exhibition devoted to African photography and video art at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, runs through till 2015.

Michael MacGarry, Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer and Robin Rhode all have work on Pop Goes the Revolution, the second exhibition drawn from Piet Viljoen's collection at The New Church, and curated by Kirsty Cockerill. The show runs through 2014.

Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen in Paris


Steven Cohen performed an 'uninvited public intervention' at the Place du Trocadéro (also known as Human Rights Square', in front of the Eiffel Tower, on 10 September 2013, and was arrested for 'sexual exhibitionism' (see Mail & Guardian); he appeared in court on 24 March 2014 in Paris and judgment will be given on 5 May. Photos: Quentin Evrard
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Steven Cohen