GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 28th 2014.
FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).
Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.
Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.
Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.
SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.
Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.
The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.
Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.
Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.
South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.
A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.
Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.
FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.
Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.
Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.
ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.
See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.
Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.
SOUTH AFRICA: Barthélémy Toguo ‘Celebrations’ & Mawande Ka Zenzile ‘Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose’.
Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Tuguo and South African artist Mawande Ka Zenzile will be showcasing several pieces from their body of work for the very first time at Cape Town’s STEVENSON gallery in Woodstock.
STEVENSON, Cape Town
29 May - 12 July 2014.
SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.
Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.
16 June – 17 August.
GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”
The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History.
Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.
Look out for:
September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.
USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.
Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects.
Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.
SOUTH AFRICA: First Thursdays Cape Town.
This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays takes place on Thursday, July 3rd. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.
Check out our guide from last week to see what you can expect.
July 3rd 2014.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) 2014.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town is an annual event that gives local designers, both established and aspiring designers, the opportunity to showcase their new spring/summer designs.
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.
24 to 26 July, 2014.
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