From 20 December 2016, Alfredo Jaar and Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin will feature on the group exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (runs until April 30, 2017). The show will include work by artists who appropriate the news to suggest the power of the media in determining the meaning of images. Jaar will exhibit Searching for Africa in LIFE (1996) – a critique of the West’s neglect of Africa, embodied here by LIFE magazine’s supposedly world-encompassing mission to convey cultural richness and global “great events” to its readership. The exhibition will also include Broomberg & Chanarin’s limited-edition book, War Primer 2 (2011), which is the “belated sequel” to Bertolt Brecht’s 1955 publication, War Primer. Whereas Brecht was concerned with images of the Second World War, Broomberg & Chanarin focus on images of conflict on both sides of the so-called “war on terror”.
Kendell Geers features on the exhibition BXL Universal at Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels, until 26 March 2017. The group show presents an assemblage of unique “portraits” of the Belgian capital, through archival documents, photographs, films and more. All participating artists live and work in the city.
Mounir Fatmi currently has his second solo exhibition at ADN Galeria in Barcelona, titled The Index and the Machine, which runs until April 2017. The show’s title harks back to the Renaissance period when the printing machine was created and when the first Index (the list of books prohibited by the Church) was published. The printing press was one of the defining inventions of the Renaissance, dramatically shifting the terms of cultural production by allowing for the dissemination of ideas beyond the teachings of the church, but also the proliferation of Bible publications and the Church’s List of Prohibited Books (Index librorum prohibitorum). These hallmark moments of the Western Renaissance form the basis of Fatmi’s show.
Haroon Gunn-Salie’s powerful exhibition Agridoce took place at the Galpão VB in São Paulo as part of the SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize in April 2016. Working in the aftermath of the Rio Doce disaster – one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazilian history – Gunn-Salie created a site-specific installation, rebuilding part of one of the flooded houses at Galpão VB. As an extension to his Agridoce project, Gunn-Salie conceptualised an exhibition for the Museum of Congonhas in Belo Horizonte, in a partnership with UNESCO, IPHAN and IEPHA. The work includes casts of sections, imagined in ruins, of the Twelve Prophets, a group of soapstone sculptures completed between 1800 and 1805 by the artist Antônio Francisco Lisboa, commonly known as Aleijadinho. Runs until 31 March 2017.
From 7 July to 15 December Williamson’s work appears on the next leg of the exhibition Lucy’s Iris at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France. Twenty artists show Africa from various perspectives, looking at the role of women on the continent, addressing issues such as the environment, memory, colonial history or identity.