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'Ruin Lust:' Matthew Hindley at Everard Read, Johannesburg, by Danny Shorkend

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Matthew Hindley has extended his series of paintings, entitled 'Resurrection' exhibited at Everard Read in Cape Town last year with its focus on fire and destruction in a new body of work and has developed a slightly different stylistic methodology. His most recent body of work, 'Ruin Lust' at Everard Read in Johannesburg explores the fascination, even aesthetic beauty, associated with violence, explosions, and bomb blasts. In conversation with the artist, what became evident is that in his steering away from the merely 'pretty,' the artist wishes the viewer (and he himself) to confront the shadow side; that a recognition of one's lust for violence and chaos may in fact be cathartic. Tragedy in art may ironically lead to healthier or more profound living.

'The Town is the Venue:' A walk and talk with Claudia Zeiske in Simon's Town

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Situated in the small rural town of Huntly in the North East of Scotland, Deveron Arts is an international residency programme that was established in 1995 by director Claudia Zeiske, Annette Gisselbaek, and Jean Longley. Rather than occupying a defined space, Zeiske’s approach to artistic practice is to integrate artists into the small, albeit historic village, where artists are required to build an engaged, process-based project through site-specific processes within the town and the larger global community.

AKAA: Special Projects 2016

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This year, AKAA welcomes five Special Projects. These exhibits hold a prominent place in the cultural programming of AKAA, whose goal is the development of cultural initiatives that contribute to increase the visibility of artists in Africa and beyond.

'Flux: In the Name of the Game' By Valerie Kabov

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The coming six months will perhaps be some of the most interesting and testing times in the story of African contemporary art and its international market engagement. From September 2016 to February 2017, there will be eight art fairs dedicated to African art, three of which will be first editions (Art X Lagos, AKAA and Accra Contemporary) and five of which will be on the continent (FNB JoburgArtFair, Art X Lagos, Accra Contemporary, Cape Town Art Fair and the ART AFRICA Fair), as well as the already established 1:54, London. The expansion of market events in the African contemporary art scene appears a sensible progression from the enormous attention that African contemporary art has received over the past three to four years. However, to treat the current status quo as a fait accomplis, without analysing the broader historical context and current international market trends beyond the niche, would be a mistake.

Making Space: A Panel Discussion at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

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Crowded into the newly renovated Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, a congregation of artists, writers, gallerists, curators, educators, and facilitators sat down to an aptly titled panel discussion, 'Making Space.' This conversation took place a couple months ago, yet in light of the current #FeesMustFall movement, it would appear that the need for such conversations and the need to create alternative spaces for education and growth is more prevelant now than ever. 

'Nothing Personal:' A Group Exhibition at SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

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Lhola Amira is sitting at a table, a glass of wine in one hand, looking pensively at the laptop screen in front of her. She’s dressed in a smart, earth coloured onesie, high-heels and head gear. There’s a chopping board on the table; a big cutting knife; a packet of menthol cigarettes; two bottles of wine; a bag of red onions; a book; and underwear – lots of it. By this point, the onions are lying in a large, homogenous and finely-diced heap next to the knife. There’s a suitcase lying open on the floor, full of colourful underwear. She stands up and continues dicing the remaining onions, knocking the tears back with wine. At one point she grabs a cigarette off the table, moving toward the window of the gallery space where she lights up, observing the people around her.

On Collected Stories in the Private Archive | Emeka Okereke

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Originally published by Invisible Borders, this text by founder Emeka Okereke forms part of Borders-Within: The Trans-Nigerian Road Trip, which took place over the course of six weeks, beginning in Lagos on 12th May 2016. Through both a written and photographic record, this particular text tells of Okereke's respective conversations with two men, both of whom had experienced the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 - 1970.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Touria El Glaoui

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Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to London between the 6th - 9th October 2016, marking its fourth consecutive edition at Somerset House.
Since its inception the fair has grown to include more work from a wider range of voices. Testament to this are the approximate forty participating exhibitors, presenting over one-hundred and ffty African and African diasporan artists. Rather than just a space to view art, the fair encourages engagement and the exchange of ideas and knowledge across disciplines and locales. As fair Director Touria El Glaoui points out in the interview to follow, 1:54 functions as a bridge between Africa and the West, "working with organisations and initiatives beyond 1:54, and outside of London and New York, in order to make dialogue possible beyond the fair itself."

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Rakeb Sile | Addis Fine Art

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In January 2016 founders Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile opened a gallery in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, called Addis Fine Art, aimed at creating a presence for Ethiopian artists in international spaces. Accumulatively the duo have twenty years experience in dealing and curating Fine Art from the region. ART AFRICA spoke with co-founder Rakeb Sile following a successful show at the FNB JoburgArtFair about their vision for the space and presentation at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Emo de Medeiros | 50 Golborne

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ART AFRICA spoke to Emo de Medeiros in light of his upcoming solo exhibition ‘Transpositions,’ which will be on show at 50 Golborne Gallery, London, from the 5th October – 20th November 2016, with a simultaneous installation and performance of Kaleta/Kaleta taking place in a former banquing hall in London’s Notting Hill area. The installation and performance will be open to the public between the 5th – 6th October. He will also be showcasing work at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, which opens next week. 

'A Moment in Time': Michaela Rinaldi at Objekt | Design | Art Gallery, Franschhoek

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“I am really excited and grateful for being asked to paint for this solo at ODA. The large double volume space of the gallery lends itself perfectly to every piece and compliments my work beautifully. My work for ‘A Moment in Time’, captures my personal philosophy to remain present in the now as well as expresses the esence of my work as an artist, visualising emotions with the help of paint, brush & canvas.”

Meet Stephan Welz & Co's new Senior Art Specialist

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Stephan Welz & Co's new Senior Art Speciailist Chris de Klerk has been involved in the art industry since a very young age, having purchased his first painting at the tender age of just 9. His love for the art industry has flourished ever since. At a professional level, de Klerk started as an assistant in the Edoardo Villa museum while studying at the University of Pretoria.

A Haul of Modern Masters and Contemporary Pioneers

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Paintings dominate the offerings in Strauss & Co’s forthcoming October sale in Cape Town, but there is a noticeable contemporary attitude about this spring auction. Two still life paintings by pioneering South African painters, Irma Stern and Penny Siopis, rank among the standout lots. Produced in 1947 and 1983 respectively, the two works capture Stern and Siopis at very different moments in their careers. 

'Black Dog:' Oupa Lesime Sibeko at the National Gallery of Namibia's (NAGN) Oudano Wa Africa Project Space

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‘Black Dog’ is a series of still photographs by the South African artist, Oupa Lesime Sibeko. Each photograph contains a figure, usually in a standing position. Sibeko collaborated with the photographic artist Benjamin Skinner in creating this subject matter. Through using himself as the model, the artist has created himself as both the subject and the object. Sibeko acknowledges that this collaboration with Benjamin Skinner was significant and productive. Skinner’s photographic skills allowed Sibeko to tap into the variety of emotions as expressed through the lens of Skinner’s camera. It is evident from this series of photographic stills that the collaboration proved particularly successful.

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