Read our .info newsletter issue 04

March - May 2020
Read our .info newsletter issue 04

Many of the exhibitions in our latest newsletter have been closed or postponed, but there's still lots to read - notes on Deborah Poynton's monumental altarpiece; an extract from Sisipho Ngodwana's essay on Paulo Nazareth; Steven Cohen on his highlight of the year in performance, and more. Click here to view.

Muholi wins 2021 photography award

18 March 2020
Muholi wins 2021 photography award

Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Prize for Photography has been awarded to Zanele Muholi. The jury recognizes images that assert 'a force and beauty rarely encountered in contemporary photography'. A solo exhibition by the activist will take place at Sprengel Museum as part of the prize.  

Mokgosi at the Pérez Art Museum Miami

27 February 2020 - 30 May 2021
Mokgosi at the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Viewable online while PAMM is closed, Meleko Mokgosi'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'.

Simon Gush at SOMA Summer

Simon Gush presents a public session with his new film series Welcome to Frontier Country during this year's SOMA Summer. The eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians will revolve around the question, Can We Think Social Justice again?.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at Göteborgs Konsthall

Kemang Wa Lehulere presents Bring Back Lost Love at Göteborgs Konsthall, his first institutional solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Through new sculptural works, installations and drawings the artist 'excavates histories, both existing and imaginative, informative and fantastical'.

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern 2020

Zanele Muholi's first major retrospective exhibition in the UK will open at Tate Modern in April 2020. Spanning new and early work, this exhibition aims to present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.

Various artists at PAMM  - Allied with Power

Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Robin RhodeGuy Tillim and Portia Zvavahera are included in Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at the Perez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority'.

Nicholas Hlobo at the CCA Tel Aviv
Nicholas Hlobo presents Nehushtan at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, his first solo exhibition in the region. Titled after 'the derogatory name given to the bronze serpent on a pole first described in the Book of Numbers' within the Bible, Hlobo creates new works responding to current and historical concerns in the area.
Nandipha Mntambo and Berni Searle at the JCAF

Nandipha Mntambo and Berni Searle are among the five artists showing in Contemporary Female Identities in the Global South at the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation.  The exhibition centers figures and images that produce a new understanding of the agency of women in the Global South.

Ractliffe and Tillim at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris

Jo Ractliffe and Guy Tillim exhibit in À toi appartient le regard et (...) la liaison infinie entre les choses at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Comprising photography, video and installation, this is the museum's first presentation of 'contemporary images in all their forms'.

Muholi and Nazareth in Sydney Biennale

Zanele Muholi and Paulo Nazareth exhibit in the 22nd Sydney Biennale, titled NIRIN, from the Wiradjuri for 'edge.' Asserting that 'artists have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world', the biennale - now closed - promises to continue online.

 Viviane Sassen at Huis Marseille

Viviane Sassen returns to Huis Marseille with Venus & Mercury, a solo exhibition which will occupy all fourteen galleries as well as the museum's garden. The new work, inspired by various accounts of the French royal court in the 17th and 18th centuries, weaves a 'melancholic narrative drenched in eroticism, power, intrigue, illness, decay, and death'.

Robin Rhode at Kunsthalle Krems
Memory is the Weapon, Robin Rhode's survey exhibition, travels next to Kunsthalle Krems. First shown at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the exhibition features a representative selection of works from nearly 20 years of Rhode’s artistic output.
Chagas and Muholi in Houston

Edson Chagas and Zanele Muholi form part of African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, the central exhibition at Houston's FotoFest Biennial 2020. Curated by Mark Sealy MBE, the presentation features over 30 artists from across the continent and its diaspora, 'examining the complex relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism'.

Pieter Hugo at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Pieter Hugo exhibits in Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography from the Museum’s Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The exhibition features over 70 photographs by 20 artists explorering a variety of artistic styles and expression from the 1950s to the present.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi at Aga Khan Museum

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi features in Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, a travelling exhibition showing at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. The show has a stated focus on migration, channelling 'the second-generation experience in a series of diverse artistic commissions exploring cross-cultural artistic realities'.

Viviane Sassen in De tranen van Eros
Viviane Sassen exhibits in De tranen van Eros: Moesman, surrealisme en de seksen (The Tears of Eros: Moesman, surrealism and the sexes) at the Centraal Museum. Taking its cue from Dutch surrealist Johannes Moesman, the exhibition spans contemporary perspectives on taboos, sexuality and gender.
Nazareth and Wa Lehulere in Hannover

Paulo Nazareth and Kemang Wa Lehulere are among the artists showing in Beyond the Black Atlantic at Kunstverein Hannover. The exhibition 'seeks to give voice to a young generation of Black artists with their own, contemporary approach to the topic of identity beyond the focus of current museum debates'.

Mame-Diarra Niang at the De Pont Museum
Mame-Diarra Niang and Viviane Sassen exhibit in Pictures From Another Wall at the De Pont Museum. The exhibition forms part of Huis Marseille's celebration of its 20th anniversary, spanning over 100 works from their collection.
Hlobo, Ka Zenzile and Mntambo at Iziko
Nicholas Hlobo, Mawande Ka Zenzile and Nandipha Mntambo feature in Matereality at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition 'highlights how contemporary artists from the African continent are using certain materials to explore different issues and ideas that give insight into their reality'.
Portia Zvavahera in Mauritius

Portia Zvavahera presents a solo exhibition titled Walk of Life at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean (ICAIO). Combining recent and early works, exhibition 'traces important moments in the artist’s life, beginning with love, marriage and childbirth'.

Various in Courage is as Contagious as Fear
Steven Cohen, Moshekwa Langa, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi and Berni Searle feature in Courage is as Contagious as Fear at the Norval Foundation. Forming part of the museum's ongoing Collector’s Focus series, the exhibition 'highlights artworks that challenge society’s norms around sexual identity, queer culture, the church and state'.
Guy Tillim at Frac Marseille

Guy Tillim exhibits in Des marches, démarches (Walking: ways of thinking, ways of moving) at Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in Marseilles. The exhibition brings together artists involved in 'artistic travel practices; artists who invent, express, practice and remain aware of the socio-political issues of their approaches'.

Portia Zvavahera at The Warehouse

Portia Zvavahera features in Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma at The Warehouse. The exhibition features over 60 artists creating 'new kinds of artworks that marshal consciousness of traumatic events and their cultural processing'.

Zanele Muholi at the Cooper Gallery, Harvard

Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness exhibition, first shown at Autograph ABP, opens at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University. Curated by Renée Mussai, this iteration of the touring show includes a roundtable discussion titled Playing in the Dark.

Siopis and Hlobo at the McMullen Museum

Penny Siopis and Nicholas Hlobo are included in Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. The exhibition explores 'the contemporary legacy of the long movement of people, things and ideas' across this body of water.

Pieter Hugo at MUSAC

Pieter Hugo’s Gadawan Kura – The Hyena Men are on view in Five stories with a point of view, an exhibition of works from the collection of MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla y Leon, Spain.

Kemang Wa Lehulere at Zeitz MOCAA

Kemang Wa Lehulere presents Laying bare: Studio process at the museum at Zeitz MOCAA, in which he occupies the institution as a live working space, 'revealing the inspirations and fascination in the artist’s use of material. It deals with germination, experimentation and collaboration'.

Pieter Hugo in Unseen at the Getty

Pieter Hugo features in Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition highlights 'associations between photographs from different times and places' to 'underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of the medium'.

Nandipha Mntambo in Ngoma at JAG

Nandipha Mntambo exhibits in Ngoma: Art and Cosmology at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Curated by Musha Neluheni, Philippa van Straaten and Khwezi Gule, the selected works 'bring to the fore the entanglements of historical, physical, metaphysical and existential spheres of existence'.

Simon Gush at Göteborgs Konsthall
Simon Gush exhibits his new film series in Every Leaf Is an Eye at Göteborgs Konsthall. The show 'demonstrates how various local, political and historical events are intimately interconnected in a global struggle for the ways of life threatened by the exploitation of corporations, governments and colonial powers'.
Odili Donald Odita mural in Miami
Odili Donald Odita presents Mamba Negra, a new site-specific mural at the ICA Miami. The painting spans the height of all three floors of the museum and seeks to 'call attention to the tensions between cultural lineages such as machismo and current struggles for respect and recognition for women and LGBTQ+ communities'.
Read our .info newsletter issue 03

Our quarterly .info newsletter features news about our programme for 2020, a welcome to new members of the Stevenson collective, extracts from Hans Ulrich Obrist's interview with Portia Zvavahera; a calendar of exhibitions and more. Pick up a copy at the gallery or click here to read it online.

Viviane Sassen at the Helmut Newton

Viviane Sassen exhibits in the Helmut Newton Stiftung in the Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, as part of Body Performance. With their common focus on the human body, the images have been chosen for their ability to unpack the 'close connection between photography and performance'.

Dada Khanyisa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

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'.

Zanele Muholi Lucie Award for Humanitarian Photography

Zanele Muholi is the recipient of the 2019 Lucie Award for Humanitarian Photography. This annual event honours achievements in photography as part of the foundation's mission to celebrate 'masters of the field, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide'.

Meleko Mokgosi in Michigan

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.

Zanele Muholi and Penny Siopis in I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

Zanele Muholi and Penny Siopis feature in I Am ... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Drawing on the museum's permanent collection, the show 'explores the vital contributions of women to issues including the environment, identity, politics, race, sexuality, social activism, faith, and more'.