'US' / Curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess / 2009

About

Us is a show of new work by younger and more established local and international artists around the theme of group identity, whether nation, culture, class, gender, sexuality or race. This show emerges out of the context of the xenophobic violence in South Africa last year, as well as the ripple effects of the world economic crisis. There was an open call for artists to develop new work in conversation with their diverse contexts and each other around the complexities of difference and belonging. The show explores how the ‘substance’ of any US is often less fixed than constantly shifting, fluid and unstable. Taking place at two venues, the show opens with a daring and original selection of new performance work, sculptural installation, painting and photography, each exploring a point of view as unique as the show’s many Us’s.

Artists include Cape Town based collective, the Gugulective, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Donna Kukama, Mikhael Subotzky, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Bili Bidjoka, Laurence Bonvin, Dunjia Herzog, Andrew Putter, Themba Shibase, Kudzanai Chiurai, Zen Marie, Bridget Baker and others.
The show is curated by Simon Njami, founding editor of Revue Noir and curator of Africa Remix, and Bettina Malcomess, a writer and artist.

The show takes place at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, in partnership with the generous support of the Goethe Institute, as well as Prohelvetzia, and the Goodman Gallery at the Goodman Gallery Project space at Arts on Main.

Opening: 20 September 2009. JAG. 4pm

Opening: 26 September 2009. Goodman Project Space. Arts on Main. 12pm

A series of walkabouts and discussions of the show will be held by the curators.
Walkabout, Sat 26 September, Johannesburg Art Gallery, 11am-12. Bettina Malcomess and Simon Njami.

Discussion: at the Goethe Institute Project Space, Arts on Main, 3pm.

Title: Support group for those who feel they don’t belong – a discussion of difference in contemporary art. Hosted by the Gugulective.

Walkabout, Sun 11 October, 3:30 – 4pm, Johannesburg Art Gallery. Bettina Malcomess

Walkabout, 4pm – 5pm, Goodman Project Space, Arts on Main: with Bettina Malcomess and artists, showing performance work from the opening night by Zen Marie and Donna Kukama.

  • Awake 1

    Subotzky & Waterhouse

    Awake 1, 2009

    Found documents and collage

    Diptych: 33 x 48.5cm each

  • Awake 2

    Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse

    Awake 2, 2009

    Found documents and collage

    Diptych: 33 x 48.5cm each

  • Awake 3

    Subotzky & Waterhouse

    Awake 3, 2009

    Found documents and collage

    Diptych: 33 x 48.5cm each

  • Awake 4

    Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse

    Awake 4, 2009

    Found documents and collage

    Diptych: 33 x 48.5cm each

  • Awake 5

    Subotzky & Waterhouse

    Awake 5, 2009

    Found documents and collage

    Diptych: 33 x 48.5cm each

  • Split

    Split, 2009

    Graphite on fabriano

    210 x 60cm

  • Istanbul Peripheral

    Istanbul Peripheral, 2006

    digital C-Print, aluminium triptych

    79 x 298 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Young Guns (2003)

    Frances Goodman

    Young Guns (2003), 2008

    Video projection, audio

    Edition of 3

  • Boy Next Door

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Boy Next Door, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    180 x 120 cm

    Sold

  • Pampers

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Pampers, 2009

    Oil and spray paint on canvas

    180 x 120 cm