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'.
1 August - 14 October 2019
Barthélémy Toguo in Japan
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.
24 July 2019 - 5 January 2020
Zanele Muholi in Mapplethorpe Now
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.
16 May - 6 October 2019
Paulo Nazareth at the ICA Miami
Paulo Nazareth has his first solo US museum exhibition at the ICA Miami. He presents a series of commissions that consider an alternative political history of Latin America, emphasising its marginalised protagonists, among other works.
11 May - 24 November 2019
Mawande Ka Zenzile at the SA Pavilion
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.
11 May - 24 November 2019
Muholi and Wa Lehulere in Venice
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'.
Simphiwe Ndzube is included in the 15th edition of the Lyon Biennale titled Là où les eaux se mêlent ('where water comes together with other water'). The biennial will be staged at a former factory as well as the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon. The theme of the exhibition revolves around the concept of an ecosystem.
Zanele Muholi features in The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture at the Ryerson Image Centrer. 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'.
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.
Zanele Muholi features in Face It, an exhibition that places 'the face as the medium between the "I" and the "other" at the center, [observing it] as the interface between presence and representation'. The show takes place at Kunstmuseum Ravensburg.
Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo and Barthélémy Toguo are included in IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy, initiated by Kendell Geers in dialogue with collector Sindika Dokolo. Held at BOZAR Centre for Arts, the show looks at work from the region as 'a living philosophical practice'.
Kemang Wa Lehulere features in Ernest Mancoba: I Shall Dance in a Different Society at Center Pompidou. This retrospective is divided into thematic entry points focusing on specific moments, with artists such as Wa Lehulere providing 'contemporary echoes'.
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.
The Hammer Museum exhibits a works from Meleko Mokgosi's Pax Kaffraria (2010–2014) in a presentation titled Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection: Meleko Mokgosi. This exhibition will mark the second time this work has been shown in Los Angeles.
Paulo Nazareth features in The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement at the Phillips Collection. Through the work of 75 artists the exhibition seeks to pose 'urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis'.
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'.
Viviane Sassen exhibits in this year's 50 Jours pour la Photographie, the 50 day photo triennale created by the Centre de la Photographie Genève. The event unfolds its purpose through a vast constellation of more than 30 partner locations in Geneva and its surroundings.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo presents Moving Stories and Travelling Rhythms: Penny Siopis and the many journeys of Skokiaan, comprising video and site-responsive works. The show engages 'the many narratives and memories, fictional and documentary accounts of Skokiaan'.
Nicholas Hlobo and Zanele Muholi are among 30 artists in Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery. Bringing together over 100 artworks, the show looks to 'move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form'.
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.
Odili Donald Odita exhibits in Color Field, an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Odita debuts a new work created specifically for this exhibition, titled Negative Space.
Wim Botha and Robin Rhode feature in Re-Imagined Realities at Open24hours. The selected works highlight a conversation between process, material, colour, shape and form.
Edson Chagas features in Mask – The Art of Transformation at Kunstmuseum Bonn. This exhibition of modern and contemporary work turns its attention to the masked individual as well as to the performative act of the individual wearing a mask within a social and political context.
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'.
Zanele Muholi exhibits in Mirrors – The Reflected Self at Museum Rietberg. Based on 200 artworks spanning eight thousand years, this exhibition examines 'mirror images and self-awareness, vanity, beauty, mysticism and magic, protection and defence, and today’s most fashionable mirror – the selfie'.
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'.
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'.
Steven Cohen and Zanele Muholi show in Lignes de vies – une exposition de légendes (Lines of Lives - an exhibition of legends). It aims to 'build a reflection on staging and self-representation and deconstruct, analyze, criticize or question the phenomena and processes that shape and legitimize identity / identities'.
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.