Following the thread of Workplace (2015) and Work (2013), this exhibition is occupied with labour. Moving away from perceptions of work and the role that professions play in shaping identity, The Island investigates the sometimes fraught, consistently complex relation between South Africa and Lesotho.
In his new photographic and video works, Gush observes the displacement and dependency that characterise the movement of people and resources between the two countries. Gush frames this exercise as 'thinking about a space that is thinking about someplace else'. He continues:
Lesotho, a country landlocked by South Africa, was referred to as 'the island' by the African National Congress during the anti-apartheid struggle. Despite the fact that Lesotho has no sea, the image of an island speaks to a way in which Lesotho might become visible, differentiated from its surrounds, a mountainous land rising above the ocean of South Africa which often seems to render it invisible.
In this body of work, approached as research, Gush opens up different ways of looking at the balance of power between the two nations.
A new film essay titled Invasion is a re-enactment of a first-person account of South Africa’s invasion of Lesotho in 1998, and the bombardment of the Katse Dam military base. The re-enactment takes the form of two interviews, the first an unscripted recollection of events, the second the reading of a formal statement by the witness; the interviews are punctuated with footage of the Katse Dam and its surrounds.
Situated in the Malibamat'so River in Lesotho, Katse Dam is the second-largest dam in Africa and provides 60 percent of Johannesburg’s water, according to the terms of a treaty signed between the two nations in 1986 and renegotiated following the dam’s completion, and the subsequent invasion, in 1998. A second dam, the Mohale, was completed in 2002. At this time of extreme drought in the region, the film highlights the relationship between the two states as one of uneasy interdependence.
The Island is also the title of the central photographic essay in the exhibition, an exploration of worksites in Lesotho: workwear factories, diamond mines, government offices, and the Katse and Mohale dams. Through the interplay of images and text, one is invited to reimagine ways of seeing the country beyond perceptions of dependence and migration, as a generative space.
STEVENSON is a contemporary art gallery with spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and is jointly owned by its directors.
62 Juta Street
Following two successful pop up exhibitions, Umuzi is back at First Thursdays and for its third offering of good times and art, the Academy presents:
The Honey: A collaboration with Nonku Phiri and Odendaal Esterhuyse
Having recently worked with photographers Anthony Bila and Andile Buka , creative duo Rendani Nemakhavhani and Kgomotso Neto Tleane are no strangers to collaborative projects and have this time teamed up with singer/songwriter Nonku Phiri and director Odendaal Esterhuyse for a three part multimedia collaboration, which includes Chapter 5.
The Honey is a photographic series created by - and starring - communication designer and illustrator Rendani, and portrayed through the lens of photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane.Together the pair simultaneously break stereotypes whilst affirming black female identity.
Calling on memories of popular television shows such as Yizo Yizo and unapologetically black aesthetics such as vinyl covered sofas, the duo have been able to captivate audiences for the past year with their striking images that reimagine and pay homage to blackness in contemporary South Africa.
Taking place on the 6th of April in Reserve Street, Braamfontein, the one night only experiential showcase of Chapter 5 will see the second part of their collaboration with Phiri and Esterhuyse come to life, as Honey and Gavini teleport us into the life of gusheshe’s , hard cash and gangster love.
NOTE: All images by Kgomotso Neto Tleane. Images are behind the scenes photos and will not feature in the exhibition
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Reserve Street Braamfontein
The Kalashnikovv Gallery is proud to present SkullBoy and Felix Laband.
Skullboy - "The preoccupied lives of islands"
Where: Main Gallery Space What : Come see for your self Why: Ask Skullboy Surprise Performance: Maybe
Where: The Wreckroom What: Come see for your self Why: Ask Felix Suprise Performance: Yes
Healer Oran and IIndman performing "La Bella Vita".
Where: The Garage What: Come see for your self Why: Healer Oran and IIndman Featured Performance: Yes
Kalashnikovv is a contemporary fine art gallery, consultancy and project space which is dedicated to providing support to both emerging and established South African artists.
153 Smit Street
Wits Art Museum
Book launch: Overtime: representations, values and imaged futures of ‘classical African arts’.
Exhibitions: Overtime, Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies and Moses Tladi (1903-1959)
Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies
Wits Art Museum is excited to invite you to Lifescapes, an exhibition that is the culmination of an innovative post-graduate course entitled ‘Writing Art’s Histories’, run by the Wits History of Art department. The course requires each student to write the ‘biography’ of a single object from WAM’s collection. The exhibition presents six objects researched by students in 2015 in dialogue with other objects and pictures, evoking aspects of their wider lives that students uncovered. The biographies are published in detail in an accompanying book of the same name. Lifescapes is the third in a series of linked books and exhibitions based on postgraduate object biography research and we are delighted to host it at WAM for the first time.
This kind of research points to the rewards gained from close looking, intensive enquiry, and deep thinking about the objects and the multiple people who, in varying ways, have shaped the objects’ lives. In 2015, students explored the compelling life-stories of a bowl-bearing figure carved from wood, a pastel landscape drawing, a clay pot, a pair of wooden colon figures, a suspended sculpture made of bone, and a black-and-white photograph. Through the exhibition and comprehensive accompanying publication, visitors will be able to access the multi-layered lives that each object has lived. Beyond mapping contexts for these objects, the stories in the book speak of the rich intersections and overlapping lives that can be revealed from within each object. Visitors are thus invited to take a glimpse into a series of object worlds, or ‘lifescapes’.
This is a project about knowledge-making — where students produce knowledge rather than consume it, and where individual interests drive the research. The research is rooted in processes of looking, touching, feeling, talking, reading, recording, imaging, telling and writing. As such the resulting biographies embody research as a multidimensional experience characterised by intersections, journeys and conversations and give insight to the possibilities of this kind of open yet demanding approach. The project enables and pushes students to develop their research into publishable form — going through all the attendant processes of editing, peer review, image permissions and so on — while also providing a space for students to explore curatorial processes and display practices as they consider ways in which to present ‘their’ objects and aspects of the wider worlds they form part of, for exhibition.
Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of over 11 000 African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa and art from West and Central Africa.
Cnr Bertha & Jorissen
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg is a contemporary "Poshtel" in central Braamfontein,a hybrid between a comfortable hotel and vibrant Backpackers Hostel.The in-house bar "The Immigrant" serves up great drinks and chow.
The Grove, 90 De Korte Street Braamfontein
Local pub by day (the second oldest in Johannesburg) and where the party's at by night. We pride ourselves on having the most progressive music policy out there showcasing fresh and forward thinking music with some of the best DJs in the country (and from all over the world) to support that. The vibe is relaxed and real, no judgements here. The place is an institution... you won't find a better night out.
Our Thirst Thursdays happens every First Thursday and is free until 21:30.
An Andrew the DJ Project™ in association with Broaden A New Sound.
Kitchener's Corner De Beer and Juta
The Orbit - Home of Jazz
The Orbit - Live Music and Bistro is the home of jazz in Gauteng. Live music, mostly SA jazz, 6 nights a week from Tuesday to Sunday.
81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
Official First Thursdays Warm-up at Republic of 94
Start your night at the official First Thursdays Warm-up with Boschendal
This is the official starting point for your night. Grab a map, and enjoy a glass of Boschendal wine while listening to some great music. Swing by from 5pm.