30 January - 30 April 2021
Wa Lehulere at Göteborgs Konsthall
Kemang Wa Lehulere's first institutional solo exhibition in Scandinavia, at Göteborgs Konsthall, now takes place in 2021. Through sculptural works, installations and drawings the artist 'excavates histories, both existing and imaginative, informative and fantastical'.
6 December 2020 - 28 February 2021
Neo Matloga in Beijing
Neo Matloga features in Collection as Poem in the Age of Ephemerality at the X Museum. Through the work of 15 artists the exhibition 'expands the spectrum of poem into language, sound, speech, ephemerality, and extinction'.
December 2020 - February 2021
Read .info issue 7 here
In issue 07 of our .info newsletter we look to what 2021 might bring, speak to Mame-Diarra Niang about her time-travels during lockdown, digest the critics' takes on Zanele Muholi's Tate Modern survey, view Pieter Hugo's portraits of his children and more.
5 November 2020 - 6 June 2021
Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern
The public opening of Zanele Muholi's survey exhibition at Tate Modern has been postponed again to the end of the UK's current lockdown. Spanning new and early work, this exhibition aims to present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
17 October 2020 - 26 April 2021
Jo Ractliffe in Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago presents Drives, the first US survey exhibition of Jo Ractliffe's work. The show brings together more than 100 artworks, from early photographs of the 1980s through to her Angolan and Borderlands series and most recent work.
2 September 2020 - 25 January 2021
Muholi at the Norval Foundation
And Then You See Yourself, an exhibition of photographs and video by Zanele Muholi, is on view at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town. Combining early and recent work, the show provides an overview of the visual activist's practice.
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'.
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 will feature new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and major events, drawing from his personal experiences, imagination and art history.
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.
Penny Siopis’ Shame series is included in Plural Possibilities and the Female Body at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. The exhibition seeks to 'create a counterpoint to persistent myths and essentializing projections about femininity and gender norms'.
Stevenson takes part in Galleries Curate, a collaborative exhibition between 21 galleries, 'designed to express the dynamic dialogue between individual programmes'. RHE, the first chapter, will feature projects that loosely address the theme of water—geographically, politically, economically or metaphorically.
Portia Zvavahera features in The Power of My Hands at Musée d’Art Moderne. This exhibition of works by women artist forms part of Africa Season 2020, examining the relationships between 'memory, family, tradition, religion and imagination'.
Paulo Nazareth features in Pacaembu, a group exhibition at the Football Museum looking at the social and political histories of the sport.
Simphiwe Ndzube, Frida Orupabo, Portia Zvavahera exhibit in Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23. The show features over 100 works artists from the region and its diaspora.
Frida Orupabo features in Infinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing at Huis Marseille. The exhibition mixes online and offline experiences, focusing on artists who use Instagram to develop aspects of their practice.
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 Perez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority'.
Odili Donald Odita is included in Colour Field at the University of Houston. The exhibition, first shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 'provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives'.
Zanele Muholi features in Crossing Views at Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition drawn from the museum's collection, centered on the theme of the portrait and its interpretations across different disciplines and mediums.
Stevenson presents The Nonrepresentational, a digital showcase of the work of young artists, catalysed by the gallery's recent collaboration with VANSA. The twelve practitioners featured work across the mediums of painting, video and photography.
Odili Donald Odita presents From Periphery to Center a solo installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park, meditating on ‘similarities and differences, bonds and divisions’. The exhibition continues at Jeske Sculpture Park in Ferguson, Missouri, creating dialogue between the spaces.
Meleko Mokgosi is among this year's recipients of a Soros Arts Fellowship, which aims to 'advances the broader practice of socially engaged artists and cultural producers', and includes support towards the realisation of large-scale project.
Zanele Muholi exhibits on Being Seen: Recent Photographic Acquisitions at the Ringling Museum of Art. The show focuses on work that 'examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood'.
Still Life with Discontent by Wim Botha, featuring his major works such as Prism 13 (Dead Pietà) and new site-specific installations, travels to the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. The exhibition was previously shown at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham.
Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Prize for Photography has been awarded to Zanele Muholi. The jury recognises images that assert 'a force and beauty rarely encountered in contemporary photography'. A solo show will take place at Sprengel Museum as part of the prize.
Viewable online while PAMM is closed, 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'.
Mawande Ka Zenzile features 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'.
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.
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.