24 September – 28 November 2021
Mokgosi and Muholi in Athens
ECLIPSE, the 7th Athens Biennale features Meleko Mokgosi and Zanele Muholi. Curated by Omsk Social Club and Larry Ossei-Mensah, this edition seeks to assess the implications of identity, history, and cultural complexity and create dynamic cross-cultural discourse.
17 September - 17 October 2021
Moshekwa Langa in Toulouse
A solo exhibition of Moshekwa Langa's works takes place at at the Chapel of the Cordeliers as part of Printemps de septembre. This year's festival is titled Sur les cendres de l’hacienda, inviting artists to grapple with 'the disorientation that characterises our time'.
28 August - 5 December 2021
Frida Orupabo in São Paulo
As part of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Frida Orupabo presents a solo exhibition at Museu Afro Brasil. This presentation combines photographs and images from the artist's personal archive to create digital collages that explore race, gender, identity, sexuality.
Read .info issue 9 here
Our 9th issue outlines our 'thinking outside the booth' approach, new chapters in Zanele Muholi's activism, highlights from the critical reception of Jo Ractliffe’s recent survey exhibition and extract by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi from the catalogue for How to Make a Country.
Art City Amsterdam Podcast
Joost Bosland and Rubiah Balsem's new podcast, Art City Amsterdam, hosts artists, curators and gallerists. Their most recent guests, 'nextgen dealers' Christian Luiten and Curtis Penning, discuss their unique approach, passion for details.
11 July - 3 October 2021
Deborah Poynton at the Drents Museum
Beyond Belief, Deborah Poynton's first museum exhibition in Europe, inhabits the Abbey Church of the Drents Museum, an institution with a focus on contemporary realism. Joined by a catalogue, the show includes more than a decade’s painting.
4 July - 26 September 2021
Pieter Hugo in Arles
Being Present, a solo exhibition by Pieter Hugo, takes place at Rencontres d'Arles. Collating over 100 head and shoulder portraits, this presentation provides an expansive overview of the artist’s engagement with this particular tradition.
26 June - 10 October 2021
Zanele Muholi at Sprengel Museum
As part of winning the Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Award for Photography, Zanele Muholi’s solo show at Sprengel Museum will present around 50 of the artist’s works under the title ZAZISE, an overview of two decades of artistic production.
19 June - 18 December 2021
Nkosi and Orupabo in Angoulême
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Frida Orupabo are among the artists included in How to Make a Country at FRAC Poitou-Charentes. Curated by Lerato Bereng as part of France's Africa2020 season, the exhibition 'deciphers the fundamental criteria for constituting a nation'.
Serge Alain Nitegeka exhibits in Ubuntu, a lucid dream at Palais de Tokyo, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi. The show brings together works which chime with the Ubuntu philosophy of “making humanity together” 'while attempting to approach it as a resource, a space for invention, or fiction, as well as a mediation with the real world'.
New performance dates have been added for Steven Cohen's Put your heart under your feet... and walk! On the 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th of November, he will take the stage at Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes and a final performance will be held at the Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle on the 4th of December.
Works from Pieter Hugo, Viviane Sassen and Guy Tillim were selected for the 44th anniversary exhibition at Daimler Contemporary Berlin, titled Friendship. Nature. Culture. The collection's 3 000 works span 100 years, '[forming] networks and [exploring] the interplay between art and human coexistence'.
Paulo Nazareth and Frida Orupabo feature in Though it's dark, still I sing, the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. The exhibition includes the work of over 90 artists 'claiming the need for art as a field of encounter, resistance, rupture and transformation'.
Pieter Hugo's La Cucaracha is exhibited as part of Say it with Flowers, a site-responsive exhibition forming part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The show aims to be a meditation on the significance of flowers and land within the framework of nostalgia and memory.
La Malmaison Art Center in Cannes presents 'Kingdom of Faith', Barthélémy Toguo's latest offering of a selection of works across mediums of painting, sculpture and installation.
Ian Grose, Moshekwa Langa and Deborah Poynton feature in 'I have made a place', Norval Foundation's latest group show curated by Khanya Mashabela inspired by author David Foster Wallace's words, 'our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.'
Scripto-visual, an investigation into the politics of representation by Meleko Mokgosi, takes place at The Current. Combining images, poetry and theory, Mokgosi aims to provide new frames of reference, 'which could be used to supplement the dominant and mostly Eurocentric forms of knowledge.'
Oracles of the Pink Universe, Simphiwe Ndzube's first institutional solo exhibition in the United States, takes place at the Denver Art Museum. The show features new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and major events.
Zanele Muholi features in Daimler Art Collection's newest show, 31:Women. In homage to Marcel Duchamp's New York exhibitions, Exhibition by 31 Women, (1943), and The Women, (1945), Daimler Contemporary 'takes its lead from these important founding documents of feminist art history' in assembling the offering.
A retrospective of Robin Rhode’s works is exhibited at Museum Voorlinden, featuring works from the 2000s to the present in his first solo show in the Netherlands. Including photography, video, sculpture and performance, the works can all be traced back to the act of drawing.
Barthélémy Toguo presents Craving For Humanity at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. The exhibition follows the 'angle of intimate and collective experiences' with works by the artist hung alongside antiquities from the museum.
Simphiwe Ndzube features in Lineages: Works from the Collection at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition brings together works which speak to the museum's current show on Eric N Mack, highlighting 'contemporary artists whose work shares affinities with Mack’s poetic arrangements and thematic concerns'.
Meschac Gaba, Zanele Muholi and Barthélémy Toguo feature in THIS IS NOT AFRICA – UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, taking place across ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark and Red Clay in Ghana. The exhibition seeks to 'disrupt a conventional and stereotypical western narrative of Africanness'.
Robin Rhode exhibits in FIRE IN MY BELLY at the Julia Stoschek Collection. Comprising film, video, photography, painting, sculpture and poetry, the exhibition seeks to examine the ways in which experiences of violence and loss are enacted, witnessed and transformed.
Frida Orupabo exhibits in Toronto's historic garment district as part of the city's Public Art programme, ArtworxTO. The mural is the first in a two-part project, with the second work launching at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in May
Moshekwa Langa, Simphiwe Ndzube, Frida Orupabo, Penny Siopis, Barthélémy Toguo and Portia Zvavahera exhibit in Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23. The show features over 100 works by artists from the region and its diaspora.
Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Robin Rhode, Guy Tillim and Portia Zvavahera are included in Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority.'
Meleko Mokgosi's Your Trip to Africa references Peter Kubelka's 1966 Unsere Afrikareise ('Our Trip to Africa'). Mokgosi adds 'a new emotional force, reversing the desensitized tone that often accompanies modernist aesthetic treatments of non-Western subjects'.
Dada Khanyisa is among the artists included in Heroes: Principles of African Greatness at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. 'The exhibition invites visitors to consider the core values of leadership —justice, integrity, generosity, and empathy among them—embodied in selected art works'.
Pan-African Pulp, a commission by Meleko Mokgosi, is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His installation features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and 70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, and posters from pan-African movements around the world.