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.
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.
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."
ART AFRICA spoke to Lizette Chirrime following a successful exhibition at Worldart gallery in Cape Town. In this interview Chirrime speaks about her practice and the restorative nature of art, as well as the body of work that will be presented by Yellowoods Art at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, next week.
Presented by Circle Art Gallery, Jackie Karuti's work will be on show at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair between the 6th - 9th October at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London. ART AFRICA spoke to Karuti about about her recent nomination as a finalist in the Barclays L'Atelier award, as well as her ongoing projects 'In The Case of Books', and 'I Can't Wait to See You'.
ART AFRICA spoke to Paul Ndema in the lead up to 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to discuss the role of the fair in elevating the profile of contemporary African art, and some of the themes inherent in his recent body of work.
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.
Presented by 50 Golborne Gallery, Olalekan Jeyifous spoke to ART AFRICA about the body of work on show at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London next week.
Johan Myburg speaks to Lien Botha about her novel, art practice and her journey from documentary photographer to contemporary artist.
Prolific artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor speaks to ART AFRICA about memory, history, space, and place.
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.
Having recently exhibited his work at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the START Art Fair, London, ART AFRICA spoke to John Vusi Mfupi about his upcoming exhibition 'Ashes to Life,' which opens on the 29th September 2016 at Candice Berman Fine Art in Johannesburg. Here Mfupi speaks about his use of collage, the importance of education and the burning of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo.
ART AFRICA caught up with South African artist Johannes du Plessis to discuss his latest body of work, 'Imagine,' which will be on show at the Jan Royce Gallery in Cape Town from the 06 - 22 October 2016.
New art auction house, Aspire Art Auctions, launches its first auction on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, a stunning new white-cube venue, in which superior works of art will be superbly displayed to best effect.
“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.”
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.
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’ 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.
Let’s start with a discussion about economics. That’s not very sexy, is it? And creativity usually is sexy in some way, or if that’s the wrong word then how about: expressive, visceral, thoughtful, embodied, emotive, meditative, sensitive, impassioned, provocative… Relevant? Valuable? That’s harder to assess.
ART AFRICA caught up with Khehla Chepape Makgato to talk about his latest body of work 'The Heroines of Southern Africa,' which opened at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg last week and runs until the 30th September 2016.
ART AFRICA catches up with Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2016, Mohau Modisakeng to discuss his recent body of work at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016, his inclusion in the public collection of the Zeitz MOCAA and some of the underlying themes in his work.
Alexandra Karakashian’s rise to celebrity status was rapid, as her debut coincided with the international resurgence of interest in abstraction. However as the SMAC exhibition ‘GROUND’ reveals, her paintings are an acquired taste for she is utterly uncompromising: refusing point-blank to make any concessions, or woo the viewer with blandishments. Alexandra holds the merely decorative in contempt, and concedes that the shimmering beauty of her paintings is as lethal as the Siren’s song that almost lured Ulysses and his crew to shipwreck and a briny grave.
There is an iconic aerial image of Cape Town - taken from the air above the ocean - with the city’s Natural Wonder, Table Mountain, in the background, the harbour and Waterfront to the left and Lion’s Head to the right. In the middle of the image is the Green Point stadium, built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The stretch of beach directly below the stadium is where artist Janko de Beer collects the bull kelp for his contemporary futurist sculptures, Janko de Beer constructs his sculptures by first creating a metal armature, which is then meticulously shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins. Details and depth are added using non-drying modelling clay. The sculpture is then moulded and cast into limited editions of bronze and resin. His latest solo exhibition, 'Constructing Imagination,' will be on show from the 10th - 29th September 2016 at the ODA Gallery in Franschhoek, Cape Town.
Presented as a solo exhibition by Lizamore & Associates at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair is the work of Mandy Coppes-Martin. Recognized for her use of natural materials like silk, hemp amd handmade paper translated into portraits and organisms found in nature, the body of work presented by Coppes-Martin's is inspired by what she sees as the new age war between man and nature.
Indra Wussow chats to South African artist Jaco van Schalkwyk about the landscape, paradise, funeral rites and the body of work on show at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair 2016