Hasan and Husain Essop


Gallery News for Hasan and Husain Essop

Essop Brothers and Gabrielle Goliath at Spielart Festival in Munich

Hasan and Husain Essop and Gabrielle Goliath present performances in this year’s SPIELART Festival in Munich (27 October – 11 November). Under the artistic direction of Jay Pather and Sophie Becker, the Chasing Rainbows section of the festival explores ideas surrounding the post-apartheid era whilst critically questioning the state of Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation”. Hasan and Husain Essop’s GADAT, a performative reading of a melodious sequence of Koran verses that are recited by Muslims all over the world, is shown as a video installation with live singing performed by Hasan Essop at Rathausgalerie Kunsthalle (31 October). In Elegy at St. Johannes am Preysingplatz (5 November), Goliath creates a lament for collective memory and mourning by bringing together a group of singers to commemorate the deceased. The performance is Goliath’s response to the extreme violence that women in South Africa are subjected to every day.

Various artists on inaugural group show at Zeitz MOCAA

Nine Goodman Gallery artists – Ghada Amer, Hasan and Husain Essop, Kendell Geers, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Misheck Masamvu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas – are included on the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) inaugural exhibition,_ All things being equal…_, in Cape Town (22 September – 19 February). The launch of Zeitz MOCAA marks the opening of the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. This show is the first in the museum’s initiative to host international exhibitions, while developing educational and enrichment programmes, encouraging intercultural understanding and facilitating access for all.

Various artists at the College of Wooster Art Museum

Five Goodman artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop, Gabrielle Goliath, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Gerald Machona – are included on the College of Wooster Art Museum’s group exhibition After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, in Ohio (12 September – 12 November). Curated by Dr. Andrew Hennlich, the exhibition features 14 artists who read the political climate of post-apartheid South Africa through fashion’s embrace of the ‘new’. The artists use fashion to shape narratives of representation, identity, memory, xenophobia, violence in the domestic sphere, and allegories of nationalism. Both individually and collectively, these artists locate fashion as a political language and reinterpret the historical terrain of South Africa after the thrill of apartheid’s end is gone

Hasan & Husain Essop at the Castle of Good Hope

Hasan & Husain Essop have new work included on the exhibition Athlone in Mind (10–13 August) at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Curated by Dr Kurt Campbell, the exhibition of commissioned work will coincide with an international humanities conference organized by the Centre for Humanities Research, and aims to explore new ways of imagining and thinking about marginalised sites of creativity and artistic production. The Essops exhibited large format photographs that fix and disrupt assumptions of those who traverse the Cape Flats suburb of Athlone on a daily basis. The artists have previously produced work related to the area and the attendant challenges those who live there face daily.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Refuge / 2017

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Remembrance / 2012

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Halaal Art / 2010

    Group exhibitions

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

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  • Press for Hasan and Husain Essop

    Hasan & Husain Essop / DB Art Mag / March 2016

    Art as Conversation Starter: An Interview with Hasan and Husain Essop by Sean O'Toole (98.1 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Spring 2016

    Husain and Hasan Essop's South Africa, by Danna Lorch (2.6 MB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / ArtSlant / January 2016

    With collaboration and performance, twin photographers represent South Africa's Muslim community, by Danna Lorch (456.6 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Gulf News / December 2015

    Unease of being an immigrant, by Jyoti Kaisi (601 KB)

    Hasan and Husain Essop / Media Diversified / London / 10 May 2015

    Unrest By Karen Williams (559.1 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Creative Feel / South Africa / April 2015

    Unrest By Creative Feel (5.2 MB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Tonight / South Africa / 21 April 2015

    Narrative of conflict: pop culture vs paranoia By Theresa Smith (133.2 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Mail & Guardian / South Africa / 9 December 2014

    Essop brothers' exhibit probes stereotypes, violence and anonymity By Athi Mongezeleli Joja (285.8 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Artslink.co.za / South Africa / 11 November 2014

    Standard Bank Young Artist Exhibition at Iziko By Iziko Museums of South Africa (410.7 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Tonight / South Africa / 8 July 2014

    Visual Journey of Creative Landmarks by Steyn du Toit (181.8 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Rendez-Vous 13 / 10 September - 10 November 2013

    Hasan & Husain Essop by Rendez-Vous (324.8 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Bussines Day Live / Johannesburg / 24 October 2013

    Seeing double as visual artists allow education to inform art by Chris Thurman (243.4 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 28 March - 4 April 2013

    Interrogating the lingering by Sean O'Toole (593.5 KB)

    Dak'Art 2010 / Nafas Art Magazine / May 2010

    Dak'Art 2010: Looking back, facing forward? by J. Bouwhuis & K. Winking (217.8 KB)

    Dak'Art 2010 / Dominical / May 2010

    Descubriendo el arte Africano by Manuel López-Ligero (575 KB)

    Hasan & Husain Essop / ENJN / March/April 2010

    Doing it ourselves by Sean O'Toole (6.2 MB)