[In Context] Africans in America / Johannesburg Art Gallery / 2016

[In Context] Africans in America / Johannesburg Art Gallery / 2016
17 November - 17 December 2016
Installation View
Eric Gottesman
The Last Days of Baalu Girma, 2013
Pigment print from Polaroid negative
106.68 x 132.08cm
Eric Gottesman
Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016
Pigment print
101.6 x 127 cm
Eric Gottesman
Untitled (Scramble for the Sky), 2016
Pigment print
101.6 x 127 cm
Eric Gottesman
We Do Not Know What They Are Constructing, 2013
Pigment print
61 x 76 cm
Tabita Rezaire
INNER FIRE: BBHMM , 2016
Diasec print
170 x 100 cm
Eric Gottesman
Performance of A Novelist Smoking, 2013
Pigment print
61 x 76 cm
Mikhael Subotzky
Manuel, Tucson (0600), 2011
Inkjet print
Work: 62 x 50 x 3.5 cm
Eric Gottesman
Performance of A Novelist Drinking Coffee, 2013
Pigment print
61 x 76 cm
Sanford Biggers, Jennifer Zackin
A Small World, 1999-2001
Single-channel projection (colour, silent), DVD, carpet, sofa, wood panel walls

Eric Gottesman
Tsegaye: "We have been together in bed since Saturday night. It is our ritual.", 2013
Pigment print
76.2 x 101.6cm
Ayana V Jackson
The Grand Matron, 2010
Archival Print on German Etching Paper
90 x 90cm
Eric Gottesman
Roman: "Tsegiye, I am in fear. I don't know why.", 2013
Pigment print
71.12 x 81.28cm
ruby onyinyechi amanze
The Sun's Sister, 2015
Graphite, ink and photo transfers
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
Eric Gottesman
Roman: "Today is St. Gabriel's day", 2013
Pigment print
71.12 x 81.28cm
Valerie Piraino
Objet Trouvé I, 2016
Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, gold leaf, twine
91.5 x 11.5 x 11.5
Eric Gottesman
Roman: "You sleep like the dead.", 2013
Pigment print
71.12 x 81.28cm
Valerie Piraino
Niger Delta Blues III, 2016
Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, twine
67.4 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm
Eric Gottesman
Tsegaye: "Ayzoch Romiye. After three months, when we win the war, you and I will get married. And when I come back, you will receive me, singing a song for patriots.", 2013
Pigment print from expired negative
71.12 x 81.28cm
Valerie Piraino
Niger Delta Blues II, 2016
Polystyrene, epoxy clay, paint, twine
73.7 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
Eric Gottesman
Tsegaye: "And don't forget one thing: every Sunday, you will choose a song for me, for Tsegaye Hailemariam.", 2013
Pigment print from expired negative
71.12 x 81.28cm
Dawit L. Petros
Act of recovery (Part I), 2016
Archival colour pigment print
50.8 x 66.1cm
Eric Gottesman
So Where Do We End Up?, 2013
Pigment print from expired negative
71.12 x 81.28cm
Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris
Untitled (Blue), 1998
Fujiflex print
122 x 76cm
Lyle Ashton Harris in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris
Untitled (Procession), 1998
C-print
152.4 x 121.92 cm
Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris
Untitled (Mother), 1998
Fujiflex print
122 x 76cm
Wangechi Mutu
Nguva, 2013
Video (colour, sound)

Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris
Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2, 1994
Fujiflex print
56 x 46cm
Carrie Mae Weems
Before the Loss of you, 2004
Video
5 minutes
Brendan Fernandes
The End, 2014

Dimensions variable
Dawit L. Petros
Single Cube Formation No.3, Marfa, TX, 2011
Archival digital print
76.2 x 91.4cm
Dawit L. Petros
Single cube Formation No.2, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011
Archival digital print
76.2 x 91.4cm
Kajahl
Ethereal Series Three, 2015
Oil in canvas mounted on panel
24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
Daàpò Reo
ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE), 2016
Cotton, polyester
274.4 x 152.4 cm

[In Context] Africans in America / Johannesburg Art Gallery / 2016 - Installation View

17 November - 17 December 2016

Eric Gottesman

The Last Days of Baalu Girma

Eric Gottesman

Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

Eric Gottesman

Untitled (Scramble for the Sky)

Eric Gottesman

We Do Not Know What They Are Constructing

Tabita Rezaire

INNER FIRE: BBHMM

Eric Gottesman

Performance of A Novelist Smoking

Mikhael Subotzky

Manuel, Tucson (0600)

Eric Gottesman

Performance of A Novelist Drinking Coffee

Sanford Biggers, Jennifer Zackin

A Small World

Eric Gottesman

Tsegaye: "We have been together in bed since Saturday night. It is our ritual."

Ayana V Jackson

The Grand Matron

Eric Gottesman

Roman: "Tsegiye, I am in fear. I don't know why."

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The Sun's Sister

Eric Gottesman

Roman: "Today is St. Gabriel's day"

Valerie Piraino

Objet Trouvé I

Eric Gottesman

Roman: "You sleep like the dead."

Valerie Piraino

Niger Delta Blues III

Eric Gottesman

Tsegaye: "Ayzoch Romiye. After three months, when we win the war, you and I will get married. And when I come back, you will receive me, singing a song for patriots."

Valerie Piraino

Niger Delta Blues II

Eric Gottesman

Tsegaye: "And don't forget one thing: every Sunday, you will choose a song for me, for Tsegaye Hailemariam."

Dawit L. Petros

Act of recovery (Part I)

Eric Gottesman

So Where Do We End Up?

Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

Untitled (Blue)

Lyle Ashton Harris in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris

Untitled (Procession)

Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

Untitled (Mother)

Wangechi Mutu

Nguva

Lyle Ashton Harris with Thomas Allen Harris

Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2

Carrie Mae Weems

Before the Loss of you

Brendan Fernandes

The End

Dawit L. Petros

Single Cube Formation No.3, Marfa, TX

Dawit L. Petros

Single cube Formation No.2, Santa Barbara, CA

Kajahl

Ethereal Series Three

Daàpò Reo

ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE)

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
Johannesburg Art Gallery

17 November 2016 – 17 January 2017

As part of its ongoing In Context series, Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition Africans in America and the concurrent academic conference Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures, along with a series of events happening throughout Johannesburg. The citywide initiative will take place from November 2016 through January 2017.

In 2010, Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers launched In Context, an innovative curatorial platform to bring together a diverse group of international artists who share a rigorous commitment to the dynamics and tensions of place in reference to the African continent. A signature programme within the gallery, In Context activates the city of Johannesburg as a locus of contemporary art practice, ideas and discourses. In Context takes place in Johannesburg in the absence of an officially funded citywide biennial. Goodman Gallery takes great pleasure in facilitating the exhibition Africans in America and spearheading the Black Portraiture[s] III conference. These events play a vital part in addressing gaps in art history, rewriting it from diverse perspectives, a central pursuit within the In Context series.

Conceptualised and curated by artist Hank Willis Thomas and Liza Essers, Africans in America aims to speak to the flows, exchanges and continuities between the continent of Africa and the United States. The exhibition will take place across two spaces in the city, Goodman Gallery in Parkwood and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Artists featured include Ghada Amer, Theaster Gates, Alfredo Jaar, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Odili Donald Odita and Kehinde Wiley, amongst others.

The exhibition is aligned to the important Black Portraiture[s] III initiative convened by Deborah Willis (New York University), Henry Louis Gates III (Harvard University) and Brett Pyper (University of Witwatersrand). The seventh in a series of conversations about imaging the black body, the 2016 edition is the first to be held on the African continent. The conference, which has attracted an impressive list of international panelists, opens up a forum for artists, activists and scholars from around the world to share ideas on a range of subjects, from historical topics to current research on South African art and activism and related themes affecting the global African diaspora.

Hank Willis Thomas has been represented by Goodman Gallery South Africa since 2008. Africans in America is the second exhibition he has curated for the gallery. He has become recognised for challenging constructions of race and gender in the United States and South Africa. His art has consistently extended dialogues on African and diaspora identities into significant international arenas, and his important work in South Africa has keyed into local history while driving new visions in the post-apartheid context.

In Context 2016 is a partnership between Goodman Gallery; The Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University; Wits School of Arts at University of the Witwatersrand; United States Mission to South Africa; La Pietra Dialogues/ New York University; New York University Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity; and Hank Willis Thomas Studio, in association with Phillips; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Studio Museum in Harlem; Wiser Institute; Center for African American Studies/ Princeton University; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Contemporary And, and Art Africa.

Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981, Cape Town) is a Johannesburg based artist whose works in multiple mediums (including film installation, video, photography, collage and painting) attempt to engage critically with the instability of images and the politics of representation. Subotzky has exhibited in a series of important international exhibitions, including most recently Inheritance: Recent Video Art from Africa at the Fowler Museum (UCLA) in Los Angeles (2019) and Ex Africa in various venues in Brazil (2017-18). His award-winning Ponte City project (co-authored with Patrick Waterhouse) was presented at Art Basel Unlimited in 2018. The full exhibition and archive of this project has since been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will be the subject of a monographic exhibition there in the fall of 2020.

Subotzky’s work is collected widely by international institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington), Tate (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and the South African National Gallery, among others.

Subotzky’s work was included in the Lubumbashi (2013) and Liverpool (2012) biennials. Pixel Interface, a multi-component video installation, was included in All The World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Carrie Mae Weems

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Using photography, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video, Weems compels viewers to actively consider how the world is structured, bringing to light systems of oppression and inequality. 

Weems is the recipient of prestigious awards, grants and fellowships, including the BET Honors Visual Artist award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art photography, the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Prix de Roma, among others. 

She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

ruby onyinyechi amanze

ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a Brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian descent and British upbringing whose creative practices and processes focus on producing mixed media, paper-based drawings and works. Her art draws inspiration from photography, textiles, architecture and print-making.

In her approach to art, amanze’s body of work establishes an introspective dialogue and personal quest in an attempt to materialise her experience of displacement and dislocation. The motifs and symbols of amanze’s works create non-linear narratives which articulate and delve into ideas surrounding free play as an act of revolution and post-colonial, non-nationalism as an accepted norm in western societies.

Most recently, amanze completed two-year long residencies at the Queens Museum and as part of the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program, both in New York. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lagos, London, Johannesburg and Paris, and nationally at the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center and the Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2019, amanze was named the Deutsche Bank Featured Artist at Frieze New York.

amanze relocated to the United States to study a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude and continued her academic career obtaining a Masters degree in Fine Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Recognised for her academic excellence, in 2012-2013, amanze was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars award and was hosted by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

amanze currently resides between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but calls multiple places home.