4 July - 26 September 2021
Pieter Hugo in Arles
Being Present, a solo exhibition by Pieter Hugo takes place at Rencontres d'Arles. Curated by Federica Angelucci, the show focuses on Hugo's head and shoulders portraits, providing an expansive overview of the artist’s engagement with this particular tradition.
13 June - 12 September 2021
Simphiwe Ndzube in Colorado
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.
24 April onwards
Robin Rhode in the Netherlands
A retrospective of Robin Rhode’s works is exhibited at the museum Voorlinden, featuring works from the 2000s to the present day across various media. This is the artist’s first solo show in the Netherlands.
April - July 2021
Read .info issue 8 here
Our 8th issue centers dialogue, including a conversation on collaboration by Joost Bosland and Sadie Coles, reflections on shame from Penny Siopis and Griselda Pollock, musings on Morija by Lerato Bereng and thoughts on our next group show from Sinazo Chiya and Sisipho Ngodwana.
14 April 2021
Matloga Wins the ABN AMRO Art Award
In recognition for his 'compositional acuity and his vibrant, powerful and spirited work', Neo Matloga has won the 10th ABN AMRO Art Award. The prize includes an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam museum, which will be accompanied by a catalogue.
6 April - 5 December 2021
Barthélémy Toguo in Paris
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.
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'.
Deborah Poynton's exhibition Beyond Belief - a survey of the past decade of her painting, through a selection of about 60 works - has been rescheduled to open in July at the Drents Museum, which has an extensive collection of contemporary realism.
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'.
De Vereniging presents a solo exhibition by Neo Matloga at S.M.A.K, Ghent, featuring a selection of recent works not yet shown in Europe. This marks Matloga's first institutional solo presentation in Belgium.
Portia Zvavahera features in The Power of My Hands at Musée d’Art Moderne. This exhibition of works by women artists forms part of Africa2020 Season, examining the relationships between 'memory, family, tradition, religion and imagination'.
Odili Donald Odita exhibits a new mural in New Grit: Art & Philly Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For this show, artists with a strong relationship to the city are asked to explore ideas of being and belonging. Odita will present a discussion of the work.
Frida Orupabo exhibits in Mother! at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This large-scale exhibition revolves around motherhood, viewed through changing notions of art and culture, primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness, Zanele Muholi's internationally touring exhibition, curated by Renée Mussai now shows at the Cummer Museum. This will be the final venue for this exhibition in the United States.
Pieter Hugo, Jo Ractliffe and Guy Tillim exhibit in Photographs in Our Mother Tongue at the Standard Bank Gallery. The show 'explores the question of how easily photographic art can communicate our shared experiences across social, multicultural and economic barriers'.
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'.
Dada Khanyisa and Neo Matloga exhibit in HI-STORYTELLING at Sfeir-Semler. This exhibition of figurative works looks at the increasing importance of narrative in visual arts as a form of contemporary storytelling.
Shadow Shame Again, by Penny Siopis, shows at the Birkbeck University of London's Peltz Gallery. The new film 'is a poetic evocation of ‘shadow shame’ as something that both embodies the loss of dignity and integrity, and offers fertile ground for empathy'.
Dada Khanyisa and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi feature in Mixed Company at the Norval Foundation. The group exhibition explores 'the act of gathering, pictured through the eyes of eleven modern and contemporary artists from southern Africa'.
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
She Breathes Water, the recent film by Penny Siopis described as 'a visceral flash', is screened online as a special contribution to RHE, forming part of Galleries Curate.
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.
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 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 Perez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.