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FORTITUDE

Group Exhibition

Runs until 30 May 2021

Henry James once wrote of Paris as a jewel, a city where what “seemed all surface one moment seemed all depth the next.” The same might be said for the ecstatic portraits of Nelson Makamo (b. 1982): rather than capture a single aspect of his subjects, he reveals their many facets, changed by the cast of light or by who is looking. In drawings, watercolors, monotypes, and oil paintings, the Johannesburg-based artist portrays children, his young cousin Mapule Maoto as well as strangers and acquaintances, often from his native province of Limpopo, South Africa—in all the complexity with which he encounters them. Radiant marks in explosive, varied colors cohere into the gestalt of Black faces. While Makamo is drawn to the simplicity and hopefulness that imbues the child’s perspective, we also see in his faces the glim­mers of hesitation, generosity, skepticism, grace, vulnerability, distraction, patience, and eagerness. That is, we see the abundance of what is always just behind the eyes, and in that abundance, a univer­sality.

In several of the works, wonderfully bright, oversized eyeglasses emphasize the act of seeing and the impact of being seen. “I believe that art can make you look at someone differently,” he told writer Enu­ma Okoro, “and I’ve always wondered, if we ignore other people, and fail to see them, can we still truly see ourselves?” Taking a cue from the openness of his subjects, Makamo works intuitively, without blueprint, foregrounding expression and experimentation in his practice. At Makasiini, Makamo will pre­sent his first exhibition comprising entirely of portraits. All but one were completed in 2021, since the pandemic, carrying with them a new appreciation for the intimacy and distance that together make up our conception of one another. Nelson Makamo, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

~ Annie Godfrey Larmon

Image and text used with courtesy of Makasiini Contemporary (Turku, Finland) and Annie Godfrey Larmon (USA).

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FABERGÉ Exhibition

Group Exhibition

Runs 02 – 30 May 2021

Johann van Heerden’s Art and Gallery in Garsfomtein unveils FABERGÉ Exhibition on Sunday 02 May 2021. This exhibition will run until May 31. More than 80 ceramic artworks, inspired by the House of Fabergé, will be on show. For more details you can reach out to the gallery:

082 4453917 or 079 7809807 email – johannvanheerdensart@gmail.com


MACFO

Arts and Crafts Flea Market

In what has been planned as a monthly event, Mme Beutispot Bridget Makhubela of MACFO (Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forume), points out that the purpose of the market is to give local artists and businesses a platform to market and promote their business. The forum also sees this as an opportunity for creatives and their entities to also connecting with the community and stimulate other possible business opportunities.

Source : Beutispot Bridget Makhubela

For more details call or WhatsApp: 0797128933


MACFO Official Poster

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~ mak.

It has been an interesting week with a couple of artists out there whom I had the privilege of knowing sharing significant developments in the developments of their career trajectories. On the eve of Freedom Day, Azael Langa revealed via Facebook that he was in Cape Town. At least that’s what the minimal text and the image on his wall announced to the world. It remains unclear whether the artist is moving to the coastal city permanently or that he will be a sojourner. It makes one wonder what kind of influence the Cape will exert on his art during this indefinite period in his artistic ascendancy. We should not dismiss the strong possibility that he too is capable of exerting some influence as an artist and depending on how long his stay there will last, he will surely leave some traces. Back inland just a few hours ago Nkhensani Rihlampfu, with the memory of Mintsu Island, his recent solo show still fresh in our minds, announced that he was this year’s Turban Art Fair Fresh Produce Artist Mentor. An opportunity which he too benefitted from as a mentee a few years ago, the artist remarked via his Facebook page. Here is evidence that social investments have returns.  

26 - 29 April

Gather ye Rose-Buds while Ye May

Group Exhibition

24 April – 25 May 2021

According to BKhz the concept of this exhibition was stimulated by the late Bob Mabena’s last words shared via Instagram on the 9 August 2020 before his passing. In that post Mabena, a legend in the radio waves and at that time Power FM radio host and station manager, remarked “Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a flying and this same flower that smiles today. Tomorrow will be…”

These words sparked the conceptual theme for a group show that the BKhz Team was working on since late 2020. More than ten artists were invited to participate in this group show. Invited artists were asked the simple question, What are you living for? This promises to be an exhibition worthy of being seen as it present a mix of contemporary artists working in both divergent and convergent themes and art media. Gallery visitors can expect to see the work of Zanele Muholi, Turiya Magadlela, Ke Neil We and Banele Khoza, whose name is paired with that of Upile Chisala, just to name a few of a notable cast of artists who have responded to one of the existential questions confronting humanity. Please refer to the reverse poster for the full impression of featured artists.  

For more details, please reach out to the gallery HERE


Mintsu Island

Nkhensani Rihlampfu

The exhibition Mintsu Island explores the concept of emigration as seen through the eyes of the artist Nkhensani Rihlampfu, comfortable both in traditional and new media, his work covers sculpture, painting and drawing.

I view a human’s body as a multidisciplinary limitless machine to accomplishing
any imagination and thought. Hence most of my works are human figures –
sometimes heads that have to deal with the acceptance and rejection of this
earth since humans are interwoven with this world.

He remarked in a text accompanying his work in the catalogue of the exhibition, Special Relations (28 November 2015 to 29 Jauary 2016). The labour intensive process of working with cotton rope, a medium he is currently immersed in; in the construction of his figures, connects with the labour industry, one of the causes of emigration. With this medium, Rihlampfu’s sculptures charts a new visual language that engages with socio-economic issues.

About the artist

Nkhensani Rihlampfu (b. 1988) matriculated at Hoërskool Nylstroom, Modimolle, Limpopo in 2007. He studied fine arts at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, where he majored in print-making and went on to obtain B-Tech in Fine Arts in 2011. He is the overall Winner for Pool A – ABSA L’Artelier 2019, with his work Land Intercessor (2018/2019). Over the years Rihlampfu has been involved in several art programmes, held a number of exhibitions and has completed notable commissions. One of the commissions he completed was in 2009, a painting for the Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg.

Nkhensani Rihlampfu’s work has been exhibited in The For Sale Project Exhibition (2011), The Jo’burg-Jo’burg Show (2014), the FNB Joburg Art Fair (2018) and The Turbine Art Fair (2014, 2017 and 2019). In addition, Rihlampfu has held solo exhibitions with MMArthouse in 2019 and was a Turbine Art Fair feature artist that year. During the years 2013 to 2016 he worked at the Workhorse Bronze Foundry where-in he was involved in bronze casting sculptures of prominent South African artists such as William Kentridge, Louis Olivier and Nandipha Mntambo. He worked also worked with Nelson Makamu in 2019 and Nicholas Hlobo in 2020.

~ 17 April 2021

Cited Sources:

Special Relations Exhibition, curated by Tammy Langtry. New Voices IV, Emerging Artists curated by Emerging Curators. 28 November 2015 – 29 January 2016. Manor Gallery, Johannesburg. Cat.



Morapedi, the one who prays

Lerato Lodi

On until 11 May 2021

Curator: Amohelang Mohajane

Lerato Lodi. The Gathering 1 (2021). Enamel paint on cloth, 145 x150 cm

‘Morapedi, the one who prays’, Lerato Lodi’s much anticipated solo exhibition is now on at North-West University Gallery. Through her work, Lodi investigates her curiosity of the intricacies of dual spiritual practices prevalent in “Sebaka sa Badimo”(a shrine or a sacred ritual site) fundamental in traditional African spiritual practice and the church as an important space or setting of worship for Christianity.

Data supplied by Studio Nxumalo, click HERE to reach out to the studio for further details.

Missed the opening? You can have the virtual tour of the exhibition HERE:


OLDER LISTINGS

COFFEE + MEDIUM

Group Exhibition

On until 30 April 2021

Mxolisi Vusimuzi Beauchamp’s curatorial debut Coffee + Medium is still on until the end of April 2021.

Access Inraparadox Interview HERE

For further details: 082 536 5601/082 237 3376


BANELE KHOZA

27: LOVE, LIFE AND LOCKDOWN

13 February – 10 April 2021.

Following BKhz Studio’s relocation to Rosebank at the end of 2020, Banele Khoza laid bare his personal thoughts in a body of work consisting of acrylics and mixed media works produced during COVID-19 Lockdown and beyond.

Curator: Oratile Papi Konopi

Visit BKhz Sudio HERE for further details


BKhz Solo Project
You may visit BKhz website HERE

Disclaimer: The information appearing on this page has been prepared in collaboration with artists and their respective studios.


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