24 October - 24 November 2019
Portia Zvavahera in Lubumbashi
Portia Zvavahera takes part in the sixth Lubumbashi Biennale titled Future Genealogies: Stories from the Equatorial Line. Zvavahera takes up a residency in the city's Theological Center, with the paintings produced over this period to be shown as part of the biennial.
19 October - 22 November 2019
Meleko Mokgosi in Chicago
Meleko Mokgosi's Bread, Butter, and Power, first shown at the Fowler Museum at UCLA now travels to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. The installation interrogates the theme of feminism in the context of southern Africa, and considers the consequences of divided labor practices'.
28 September 2019 - 9 February 2020
Robin Rhode survey in Germany
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents Memory is the Weapon, an overview of two decades of work by Robin Rhode. The show features more than 800 square metres of digital animations, photographic series, drawings, sculptural elements and performances.
18 September 2019 - 5 January 2020
Simphiwe Ndzube in Lyon
Simphiwe Ndzube features in the 15th Lyon Biennale titled Là où les eaux se mêlent ('where water comes together with other water'). Exploring the concept of an ecosystem, the biennial is staged across a former factory as well as the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon.
17 September 2019 - 5 January 2020
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi at the Africa Center
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi presents a new wall painting at the The Africa Center taking further key themes and imagery from her ongoing Gymnasium series. Created over a period of two weeks, during which the public were invited to watch her at work, the mural will be officially unveiled from Thursday 10 October.
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Pieter Hugo features in Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition seeks to highlight 'visual associations between photographs from different times and places to encourage fresh discoveries and underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of the medium'.
Viviane Sassen exhibits in the Helmut Newton Stiftung in the Museum für Fotografie 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'.
Works by Zanele Muholi and Paulo Nazareth have been acquired by the Contemporary Art Society and Tate respectively at Frieze London. Muholi's Faces and Phases enter the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery; the addition of Nazareth's drawings forms part of Tate’s drive to evolve their collection.
Work by Viviane Sassen features in Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today at the Vitra Design Museum. The exhibition observes how the movement has influenced a variety of concepts and disciplines over the last 100 years.
Welcoming our debut presentation, Winter Sun, at our new office at Prinsengracht 371B, ZAM magazine notes: 'The Amsterdam artistic scene has gained a space that will bring the city a lot of good: a new base of (African) talent.' Next up is Hot Mirror by Viviane Sassen, opening 18 September, 5 to 8pm.
Civilization: The Way We Live Now, in which Pieter Hugo exhibits, travels to The National Gallery of Victoria. 'The exhibition explores photographers’ representations of life in cities as its key theme and presents a journey through the shared aspects of life in the urban environment'.
Zanele Muholi features in The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture at the Ryerson Image Center. Drawn from the Walther Collection, the exhibition seeks to revisit 'the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers'.
A solo exhibition of new and previous works by Zanele Muholi shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean. This overview exhibition is accompanied by a lecture and form part of the Nou Le Morne festival.
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi has recieved the 15th Tollman Award for the Visual Arts. Founded in 2003, the award is given in support of young artists who have received critical recognition but are hampered by limited resources to realise the potential of their work.
Ikhono LaseNatali, an exhibition initiated by Zanele Muholi travels from KZNSA to A4 Arts Foundation. Curated by Dr. Bajabulile La Dhlamini Sidzumo and Thobeka Bhengu, the show features interpretations of Somnyama Ngonyama by 25 Durban artists to showcase the city's creativity.
Barthélémy Toguo features in the fourth Aichi Triennale titled Taming Y/Our Passion. Toguo presents The New World Climax a projected centered around large sculpted wooden seals inspired by immigration passport stamps and Welcome, an outdoor installation enacting hospitality for travellers and the marginalised.
Zanele Muholi is one of six contemporary artists featured in Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at the Guggenheim in New York, an exhibition looking at the complex legacy of the late photographer. Also included are Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Glenn Ligon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Lyle Ashton Harris.
Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, first shown at Autograph ABP, now travels to the Seattle Art Museum. Curated by Renée Mussai, the show was most recently presented at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
Stevenson Johannesburg's relocation to Parktown North has been met with a variety of critical engagement. See selected commentary by Zaza Hlalethwa in the Mail & Guardian and Graham Wood in Business Day.
Nicholas Hlobo exhibits in Delirious, the 10th edition of the international sculpture exhibition Lustwarande, taking place at park De Oude Warande. With emphasis on site-specific works, Lustwarande aims to highlight current developments in contemporary sculpture.
Simphiwe Ndzube is among the honorees at the 2019 Culture Creators Annual 'Innovators & Leaders' Awards. The honour was given in recognition of his accomplishments in art and his influence on the next generation of practitioners.
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'.
Zanele Muholi's first major retrospective exhibition in the UK will take place at Tate Modern in 2020, it has been announced. Spanning new and early work, this exhibition aims to present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
Meleko Mokgosi has been appointed Associate Professor in Painting/Printmaking at the Yale School of Art. 'As both a teacher and an artist, Mokgosi further contributes to the rich dialogue between pedagogy and practice'.
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness by Zanele Muholi has won the 2019 'Best Photography Book Award' by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. The award recognises those 'who have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution' within photography or the moving image.
Viviane Sassen is among five photographers showing at the 12th exhibition of contemporary art at the Palace of Versailles, titled Versailles – Visible/Invisible. The artists will unveil works they have created specially to resonate with the chosen setting, revealing 'a new Versailles, between design and heritage'.
Mawande Ka Zenzile is one of three artists selected for the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Nkule Mabaso and Nomusa Makhubu, the pavilion responds to the biennale's theme, May You Live in Interesting Times, with an exhibition on collective fortitude titled The Stronger We Become.
Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are among the artists participating in the 58th Venice Biennale's main exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff. The exhibition highlights 'a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking'.
Nandipha Mntambo is among the artists included in Personal Structures – Identities, an exhibition taking place across various locations in Venice over the course of the city's Biennale. Hosted by the European Cultural Center - Italy, the show will feature performances and talks.
Penny Siopis features in The Cape Town Triennials; Then & Now, a new exhibition by at the Rupert Museum. Recent and early work by Siopis will be shown as part of the exhibition's focus on artists that made an impact in the Triennials of the 80s and 90s.
Amref Health Africa has honoured Zanele Muholi with the Rees Visionary Award at the 2019 ArtBall. This award is given in recognition of persons 'creating exceptional work that educates, inspires, and emboldens the viewer through these challenging times'.
Museo Kaluz, Mexico City has commissioned the installation ‘The Rain Prayers’ by Simphiwe Ndzube as the museum's inaugural sculptural installation. The museum is set to be fully open to the public from March 2019.
Berni Searle is the Maitland Institute's artist-in-residence with a project titled Press II Pause. The opening celebration featured recently gathered visual material, alongside related existing works, which provide a context for Searle’s ongoing concerns.
Zanele Muholi has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the 2018 Royal Photographic Society Awards and Aperture has received the 2018 Lucie award for 'Book Publisher of the Year' for their work on the artist's latest publication, Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Book launches and signings have taken place in New York, Oslo, Paris and Johannesburg and will continue in Cape Town.
Pieter Hugo features in Civilization: The Way We Live Now opening the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. Set to travel to Beijing, Melborne and Marseille, the show aims to 'stress the fact that contemporary civilization is an extremely complex collective enterprise.