ONLINE OPENING | 20 JULY 2021 | PRESENTED BY META FOUNDATION AND STUDIO NXUMALO | FUNDED BY NAC
The show seeks to unpack where African Contemporary Art sits within the current global and continental context using the statement “The problem with African contemporary art is…” as its starting point. The show works to reveal this statement to be flawed and inaccurate and looks to reposition the "problem" by reframing it as one comes from the continental history of colonialism.
The show reflects on why our position within the global context, and why it is for years the Continent has been left out of serious debate and consideration regardless of its obvious talent.
In recent years there has been a lot of excitement about African work, with many private collectors and institutions rushing to join what has been touted as “an African moment”. The show seeks to cross pollinate across the different modes of production of art, the development of artists, the access to markets as well as supporting and developing of arts writers in the section.
The show features original work from artists, Johan Louw Stegmann, Richard "Specs" Ndimande, Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Jan Maanda Tshikhuthula, Khotso Motsoeneng, Fleur de Bondt, Kaelik Dullaart, Madikotsi Khumalo and Nyakallo Maleke.
Artwork above: Fleur de Bondt, The Hook That Feeds, 2021, Linocut (shaped) and Emboss on Hahnemuhle, Edition 1/10, Paper size: 39 x 53.5 cm, Image size: 27 x 38cm
Johan Stegmann, The Problem with African Art is me, 2021, Etching and blind emboss on Hahnemuhle, Edition 1/10, Paper size: 39 x 53.5 cm, Image size: 35 x 25 cm
Nyakallo Maleke, A Sequence of Disruptions, 2021, Two plate etching on Hahnemuhle, Edition 1/10, Paper size: 39 x 53.5 cm, Image size: 35 x 25 cm
Richard Specs Ndimande, The Negotiator, 2021, Edition 1/10, Etching on Hahnemuhle, Paper size: 39 x 53.5 cm, Image size: 35 x 25 cm
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