In a career spanning more than two decades, Andrew Tshabangu has established himself as one of the most important photographers of and in contemporary South Africa – Johannesburg, in particular.
Born in Soweto in 1966, Tshabangu inherited the mantle of those artists and journalists whose work documented what curator Thembinkosi Goniwe calls “the bearable lightness of being black in the world”. Yet Tshabangu’s black-and- white photography moves beyond the documentary mode; in his work, realism merges with otherworldly elements. Moreover, the viewer’s engagement with the subject is framed, interrupted, blurred or fragmented as the photographer experiments with ways of seeing and interpreting that much-contested place and time, “post-apartheid South Africa”.
Standard Bank Gallery Cnr Simmonds and Frederick Johannesburg CBD
Daville Baillie Gallery
Fringe "The Very Definition"
Exhibition opening on 6 April 2017
Based in the ever expanding and exciting Grant Avenue. Its about understanding artists and art buyers alike. We consider the difference between aesthetics and investments, and strive to marry the two.
72 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg
The Beauty of Disorder, African City in Motion” @ Agog Gallery (Level 2)
This exhibition and the theme explores the eccentricity, the complexities, the culture and transformation of an African City. This exhibition Features ten artists: Dathini Mzayiya, Happy Dhlame, Kgomotso Neto, Layziehound Coka, Lebohang Motaung, Lindo Zwane, Senzo Shabangu, Sizwe Khoza, Thabo Motseki and Thokozani Mthiyane. The theme is centred around the City, with City inspired pieces that explore unconventional techniques, such as painting on an Estate Agent board, Mixed Media Canvas, Lithography and Multi patterned paintings. These artists compel the viewer to look afresh at the surroundings of their City at large, commenting and examining the challenging aesthetics of the City, how the grit and urban decay can be exploited and made to look beautiful.
The AGOG gallery is located in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct Johannesburg and hosts new and established Contemporary African artists both locally and internationally.