The Bohemian Interviews Ghizlane SahliINTERVIEW
INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST BEHIND 'HISTOIRE DE TRIPES', CURRENTLY AT SULGER-BUEL GALLERY, SOUTHWARK
By Camelia Sarnefors
In 2012, Ghizlane had to create a dress with recycled materials for a magazine. Among the designers featured in the article, she was the only one to use garbage. “When I was doing this dress, suddenly I realized that this is what I want to be doing, this I what I really need to do. So little by little I stopped my embroidery studio and I created a collective, the Zbel Manifesto, with two friends and my sister. Not so long after we got a proposal by the Biennale of Marrakesh to work on a flat.”
They covered the entire flat with waste and called the projected “Pimp my garbage”. The Zbel Manifest was also invited to participate in the inaugural exposition of the Mohamed VI Museum in Rabat. “That was a really big success, […] I mean we were in the New York Times, in Euro News, in China TV.”
'SMALL ROOM' EXHIBITION AT PRIEST GALLERYNEWS
Curated by Sarah Grace
4 - 27 April 2019
Participating Artists: Gordon Froud I Dirk Bahman I Stephan Erasmus I Mandy Coppes-Martin I Rhett Martyn I Shenaz Mohamed I Maaike Bekker I Jayne Crawshay-Hall I Gina Waldman I George Holloway I Vivien Kohler I Neil Niewoudt I Ilene Bothma I Mark Rautenbach I Brittany Lawton I Nico Ras I Alison Shaw I Sarah Grace I Wayne Matthews
A group show curated by Sarah Grace featuring miniature, portable installations.
142 Jan Smuts Ave, 2193 Johannesburg, South Africa
Opening Reception: Thursday 4 April 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:00 - 16:00
Saturdays: 9:00 - 14:00
More information about the exhibition soon on the Priest Gallery website here
'AFRO, ENCOUNTERS WITH AFRICA' exhibition features work by Gastineau MassambaNEWS March 12, 2019
AFRO, ENCOUNTERS WITH AFRICA
Galerie de L'Escale
Friday 15 March - Thursday 25 April 2019
In this collective exhibition, the works of artists from the African continent dress the Galerie de L'Escale, and question the viewer about identity, the transmission of know-how, the cross-fertilization of cultures and the challenges that our contemporary society faces. Reflections of a plural and multicultural society, these artists are at the same time the guardians of the traditions and the builders of an artistic future and more broadly of a humanistic vision in answer to the great doubts of this time. To observe the elsewhere and the use of the inheritance by each one, to understand the difference are the conditions for a sensible future, the Art like tool of speech, the Human behind the Art.
Participating Artists Include: Nú Barreto I Beya Gille Gacha I Nelson Makamo I Gastineau Massamba I Evans Mbugua I Hyacinthe Ouattara I Malick Sidibe I Ange Swana
Bubblegum Club features 'What is South Africa, even? Vol 2'PRESS February 27, 2019
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'What is South Africa, even? Vol 2.' // exploring history and nationhood
By Christa Dee
"One of the things I am trying to do with this project is reflect on what it means to be part of this nation, especially one that has so much growing up to do. Considering that ideas of the nation in the past have relied heavily on exclusion, and South Africa's difficulty in coming to terms with the end of colonialism and apartheid, the aim is to try and bring new light to the circumstances that influence our sense of belonging here. I also want to write our history - we know that there are many gaps and that the experiences of everyday people are not always present in historical narratives, the exhibition serves as a way to think through 'historical loss' and also serves as a way to include. The project is really about inclusion."
Hi-Fructose Magazine Feature Slimen El KamelPRESS February 23, 2019
The Multilayered Paintings of Slimen El Kamel
By Andy Smith
Slimen El Kamel’s transcendent paintings are informed by both memory and folklore. The Tunisia artist uses acrylics, embroidery, and other media to craft these multilayered works, each inviting the viewer to unpack his crowded visions. His painting have been said to question “social constraints and the absurdity of violence.”
“His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects,” Sulger-Buel Gallery says. “El Kamel considers the ways in which virtual and lived reality hinge upon visual and auditory channels of communication. Through figurative, symbolic and abstract forms he creates at once a narrative unfolding on the canvas and a subtle critique of the effects of mass culture on traditional ways of life.”
Economic growth spurs Africa’s art market—but slowlyNEWS February 21, 2019
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Economic growth spurs Africa’s art market—but slowly
By Anna Brady
Fledgling local client base and rising international interest fuel Cape Town and Marrakech shows.
As a continent, Africa is arguably the last frontier art market and, as China’s economy continues to slow, it is attracting increasing attention—in October, the International Monetary Fund calculated that six of the ten fastest-growing global economies are in Africa. The rise of Modern and contemporary African artists on the market in Europe and the US, and the spike in museum shows dedicated to them, was a phenomenon in 2018. Yet the continent itself, with its reputation as a relatively high-risk business environment with a still nascent domestic collector base, remains unexplored by many international galleries.
Zimbabwe Taps Four for 2019 Venice Biennale PavilionNEWS February 19, 2019
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Zimbabwe Taps Four for 2019 Venice Biennale Pavilion
By Andrew Russeth
The opening of the Venice Biennale is less than three months away, and the excitement about which artists will be participating in the central exhibition is building to a fever pitch in the ARTnews office. Now, Zimbabwe has been kind enough to provide some news to alleviate that tension, revealing the artists who will represent the country at the event. They are Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Neville Starling, Georgina Maxim, and Cosmas Shiridzinomwa.
The four will be featured in a show titled "Soko Risina Musoro," which takes its name from a poem by Zimbabwean writer Herbert Chitepo. Raphael Chikukwa, chief curator at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, is handling curatorial duties for the pavilion, the fifth in the nation's history. Doreen Sibanda, executive director of the National Gallery, is serving as its commissioner.
SABC News interview provides insight into 'What is South Africa even? Vol 2'PRESS February 15, 2019YOUTUBE - SABC DIGITAL NEWS
What is South Africa even? Vol 2, explores the notion of a country coming to terms with itself as a diverse and complex society. The exhibition aims to reflect on the outdated philosophies of the nation. It features work by Jasmin Valcarcel, Thina Dube, Ronald Muchatuta, Vivien Kohler, Neo Gilder, Andrew Ntshabele and Simphiwe Buthelezi. The exhibition asks what South Africa signifies, for those living in the country in terms of our shared experiences as human beings.
Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo features Mohamed Saïd ChairPRESS February 12, 2019
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Mohamed Saïd Chair at The Nomad Creative Projects
By Séverine Grosjean
Mohamed Saïd Chair is a young Moroccan painter whose work is characterized by the characters "put in a box". In fact, it was during a walk in 2015 that he was first attracted to the cardboard boxes children wear on their faces. The echo of this famous expression "put someone in a box" evokes a state of immobility rather than that of movement. A person is put in a box, frozen and cannot move. Actually, this is used as a metaphor to talk about someone who can not replicate or cope. It is also a reference of the need to classify a certain "normality", a homogeneous reality.
Mohamed Saïd Chair covers the heads of his characters with a cardboard box and manages to capture ordinary scenes of life that reflect human decadence. On the cardboard that replaces the canvas, "a perverse social order produces individuals of the same level, instead of real people with disparate characters". These characters are icons of consumption and "massive conditioning".
Georgina Maxim confirmed for Zimbabwe Pavilion at this year's Venice BiennaleNEWS February 7, 2019
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Zimbabwe makes Venice Biennale selections amid political turmoil
By Tim Cornwell
Against a backdrop of rising economic and political turmoil, Zimbabwe has selected a group of artists to represent the country at this year’s Venice Biennale. Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first to be confirmed.
In January, a dramatic increase in petrol prices announced by Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa saw widespread anti-government protests. A violent crackdown by authorities followed, with social media and internet servers shut down. The upheaval has already delayed plans for a new biennial in the country’s second city of Bulawayo.
Featured by Obatala as one of "9 contemporary African art exhibitions not to miss in London"Press January 29, 2019
An Arty start to 2019: 9 Contemporary African Art exhibitions not to miss in London
The consistent, upward trajectory of the African Art market shows no signs of abating. If anything, 2019 is promising to be yet again another record-breaking year after an extraordinary 2018.
Despite the dynamism of African cities such as Lagos and Cape Town, London where the leading Contemporary African Art fair 1:54 was launched in 2013, remains for now, one of the most important cities within that segment of the art market.
This year is off to a flying start with a lineup of exciting African Art exhibitions. They are showcasing the vibrant African art scene along with the wide variety of styles and preoccupations of artists hailing from the continent and its diaspora.
Take your diaries out; here are 9 contemporary African art shows not to miss.
Curated by Mohamed Lekleti, 'Khamsa' opens at the Center of Contemporary Art, PerignanNEWS January 21, 2019
Curated by Mohamed Lekleti
100 meters from the center of the world / Center of Contemporary Art
From January 19th to March 17th 2019
Plato, then Aristotle thought that the world was governed by five elements: air, water, earth, fire, and the quintessence that gave the breath of life khamsa means in Arabic the number five. Here he is referring to the number of artists exhibited.
Moreover, the choice of this title is not fortuitous because the exhibition brings together artists mainly from Africa and the Maghreb. In North Africa, Khamsa, is a symbol used as an amulet and talisman by the locals to protect themselves from the evil eye, it also means the five pillars of Islam.
Modern Ghana features 'Disarticulations'PRESS January 11, 2019
Wilfred Clarke shares his enthusiasm for 'Disarticulations', a two-person exhibition featuring Mohamed Said Chair & Jean David Nkot which opens on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at Sulger-Buel Gallery.
PETRIe In Conversation with Othello De'Souza-HartleyINTERVIEW
Elena Stanciu from PETRIe sat down with Othello De'Souzqa-Hartley to discuss his vision and goal as an artist, his points of inspiration, and his most recent project, Noise, a short film in which the tragedy of history and the sadness of the present are faced with an open question about the future.
To read more please click HERE
'What is South Africa, even? Volume 2' Exhibition at The Bag FactoryNEWS
What is South Africa, even? Volume 2
Curated by Carlyn Strydom / Museum Her
The Bag Factory Artists' Studios
28 February - 20 March 2019
Participating artists include: Vivien Kohler I Jasmin Valcarcel I Neo Gilder I Simphiwe Buthelezi I Thina Dube I Ronald Muchatuta I Andrew Ntshabele
10 Mahlathini Street, Fordsburg/Newtown Johannesburg, South Africa 2001
The exhibition forms part of the Bag Factory Curatorial Development Programme.
For contact information please navigate to the Bag Factory website HERE
Péju Alatise donates to Zeitz MOCAA Benefit Art Auction 2018NEWS December 1, 2018
Exciting works from leading contemporary artists from Africa go under the hammer at the Zeitz MOCAA Benefit Art Auction. The auction will take place on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at the museum, and will be conducted by Strauss & Co.
Generously supported by artists including:
Igshaan Adams I Peju Alatise I Wayne Barker I Deborah Bell I Patrick Bongoy I Jeanne Gaigher | Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga I Kate Gottgens I Nicholas Hlobo I Cyrus Kabiru I Peterson Kamwathi | William Kentridge I Wallen Mapondera I Gonçalo Mabunda I Mongezi Ncaphayi I Blessing Ngobeni | Nnenna Okore I Thania Petersen I Cameron Platter I Yinka Shonibare I Hank Willis Thomas | Barthélémy Toguo I Frohawk Two Feathers
Pélagie Gbaguidi Fellowship at Civitella RanieriNEWS December 4, 2018
Pélagie Gbaguidi has recently been invited to attend a fellowship at the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Province of Perugia, Italy. (duration). Founded in 1995, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation is an artist residency program that has hosted over 800 Fellows and Director's Guests at its 15th century castle in Umbria.
Artists require unfettered time and space to engage in their work and the world. Building on the legacy of our founder, Ursula Corning, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation opens the doors of its 15th century castle in rural Umbria annually for four six-week residency sessions of self-directed studio and work time.