Mostyn Gallery in Wales is exhibiting Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin’s recent body of work Divine Violence until 2 November. Inspired by the annotations and images that playwright Bertolt Brecht added to his own personal bible, and mining the London-based Archive of Modern Conflict, the exhibition “questions the unspoken criteria at play within the visual representation of conflict”. Exhibited alongside Divine Violence are two other significant bodies of work by Broomberg & Chanarin: Afterlife, a re-reading of a controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1979 photograph, whose author was anonymous for 30 years; and The Day Nobody Died, a 2008 series of non-figurative, action-photographs produced when Broomberg & Chanarin were embedded with British Army units on the front line in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. A story about Divine Violence at Mostyn Gallery is the lead of Art Monthly magazine for October.
Paper Music features a selection of films by William Kentridge with music by composer Philip Miller, including three that were presented at the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition as part of The Refusal of Time installation. The ongoing collaboration between Kentridge and Miller dates back to Kentridge’s 1993 film Felix in Exile, part of his celebrated Soho Eckstein series for which Miller wrote the score. As part of the My Time, My Music series the ‘cine concert’ will be performed on at the Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on October 27. On October 22 the Alexandrisky Theatre in St Petersburg will present Franz Schubert’s Winterreise with a film installation by Kentridg
Hank Willis Thomas is included in the exhibition of works by the Goodman Gallery at Frieze London from 15–18 October. Thomas is teaching part-time this fall as a Visiting Artist in the graduate photography and film department at Virginia Commonwealth University. His transmedia project titled Question Bridge, which facilitates a dialogue between black men from diverse backgrounds, will be shown at a number of galleries across the United States throughout October, including the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia from October 2 to January 3, 2015; the Schomburg Center for African American Culture and Research, New York City from October 3 to January 11, 2015; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, from October 7 to November 16; Rochester Contemporary Art, from October 3 to November 8; San Diego African American Museum of Art; and the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY from October 23 to December 13. Thomas’ work is also on show in October at galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paolo and Paris.
Candice Breitz exhibits her work in a solo exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, from 11 October to 1 March 2015. Her video installation The Woods explores how we create, define and perform identities in a world of mass media saturation by portraying the cinematic culture of three centres of global filmmaking – Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Group shows that include works by Breitz take place in October at Stockholm’s Färgfabriken (exhibition titled UrSenses) and at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (exhibition titled She). Breitz will be giving a talk on 6 October at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
British photographer Kalpesh Lathigra and South African Thabiso Sekgala have embarked on an unusual collaboration to develop work at the same time in two cities. Together, they have chosen to explore communities and representation, exploring “understandings of belonging, histories, silence, memory and loss.” The two chose to begin their project in connection with Indian communities in two primary locations; Marabastad and Laudium in South Africa, and in Brighton, UK. The project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.
Mikhale Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s photographic book Ponte City (Steidl) has been nominated for a Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook award for 2014. The shortlist for the award was announced by Todd Hido at the New York Art Book Fair on 26 September. Initiated in November 2011 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with two major categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. For this, their fourth edition, the Awards introduced a new third category: Photography Catalogue of the Year. Subotzky was nominated in 2011 for his book Retinal Shift (Steidl).
The work of mounir fatmi is represented at the Goodman Gallery booth this year at Frieze London from 15–18 October. From 12 October until 18 January 2015 fatmi’s solo exhibition Walking on the Light shows at the Centre de Création Contemporaine in Tours, France. Group shows exhibiting his work in October include Helvetica Zebra at Station Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon from 7 October to 9 November; The inaugural exhibition 1914-2014. Cent ans de création au Maroc at Musée Mohammed VI in Rabat, Morocco from 9 October to June 2015; the Jameel Prize 2013 exhibition at Manege, Moscow, Russia from 10 October to 23 November; Le Maroc Contemporain at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France from 15 October to 25 January, 2015; and Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and the Maghrebi Diaspora at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford college, Haverford, USA from 24 October to 15 December.
The performance piece and digital installation created by dancer Nelisiwe Xaba and video artist Mocke J van Veuren titled Uncles & Angels is to tour the Netherlands and UK for three weeks in October. The performance will take place at Afrovibes in Amsterdam from 8 October to 11 October; at Afrovibes in London on October 14 and at Afrovibes in Cardiff on October 23. Xaba and Van Veuren were the winners of the FNB Art Prize given at the Joburg Art Fair in 2013.
Work by Tracey Rose is included in the exhibition Theory of Colour, curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina at the Museum of the National University of Mexico until 7 February 2015. According to the curator’s statement the exhibition showcases contemporary art produced over the past decade that deals with racism from a diversity of approaches: “nationalism, scientism, homogenisation, exoticisation, colonisation, exploitation and sexualisation”. Her work will also be included in the group exhibition Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of African Women Artists, curated by Koyo Kouoh at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, in Brussels, from 18 February 2015 until May 2015.
Following from his first solo exhibition in the United States earlier this year, Sam Nhlengethwa’s exhibition Life, Jazz and Lots of Other Things travels to SCAD Atlanta from its original home at the SCAD Museum of Art. Curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD executive director of exhibitions, the show features a broad cross-section of the artist’s practice and themes. The show opens with a juxtaposition of works by Nhlengethwa and Romare Bearden, orienting viewers to Nhlengethwa’s source of inspiration. The exhibition features paintings, tapestries and prints of jazz scenes, images of daily life and nation-building. The exhibition runs until 17 October.
Gerhard Marx was the 2014 invited Festival Artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom from 6 – 11 October. The festival fine arts programme included his solo exhibition The Garden at Night at the NWU Hoofgalery on the NorthWest University Campus. The exhibition included new sculpture, and works with inlaid organic material on canvas, as well as new print editions and earlier works from the Garden Carpet series. Marx is also featured on Exact Imagination: 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Goodman Gallery artists Willem Boshoff and Walter Oltmann also feature on this exhibition, curated by Cyril Coetzee, which is on show until 6 December.
William Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America, Fortuna, has been travelling since October 2012. This extensive retrospective – conceived in close collaboration with the artist and designed especially for this tour – highlights Kentridge’s unique artistic process rather than focussing on a particular theme. The exhibition features six to seven rooms or sections comprising works ranging from 1989 to 2012. The retrospective has travelled to Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) in Rio de Janeiro, Fundaçao Ibere Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre, Pinacoteca Do Estado De Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogota. It will run at Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin from 30 July to 03 November 2014.
Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce Africans in America, a three-part project curated by Hank Willis Thomas. The focus of the project is on artists who are African immigrants or first generation Americans of African parents living in the United States. Africans in America will launch in 2015 and alternate between Goodman Gallery spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town leading up to the Gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has a longstanding interest in the strains and connections between Africa, America and related notions of diaspora and home.
Chiurai has been shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Prize is a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
Until February 10 2015 the Perlman Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) presents a selection of photographs from 1973 to 2014 by David Goldblatt. Titled New Pictures 10: David Goldblatt, Structures of Dominion and Democracy,” the photographs explore, “the quiet and commonplace, where nothing ‘happens’, and yet all is contained and immanent,” according to Goldblatt. The exhibition is loosely divided among Goldblatt’s photography before and after 1991. “The photographs exhibited,” writes Goldblatt of his exhibition at the MIA, “are from these two separate yet intimately connected bodies of work.” Goldblatt will make his first appearance in Minnesota on October 2 to discuss his exhibition.
Mounir Fatmi appears on the show The Disappearance of Fireflies at the Prison Sainte-Anne in Avignon, France. Taking its name from a famous text by filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini the exhibition, held in a former prison situated behind Avignon’s Papal Palace, presents highlights of the region’s Collection Lambert, a donation made by Yvon Lambert comprising 556 contemporary works. The curator is Eric Mézil of Collection Lambert and the show runs until November 25. Fatmi also appears on Colonial Apocrifa that runs at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain, (until January 6 2015), on the The Sea is my Land, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy (until August 24); Colonia Apocrifa at MUSAC in Leon, Spain (until January 6 2015) and Giving Contours to Shadows at N.B.K., Berlin, Germany (July 31).
There’s Something I Must Tell You is an extended exhibition of work by Sue Williamson focusing on women activists involved in the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The exhibition spans five rooms at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Adderley Street, Cape Town and three separate bodies of work by the artist, including the 2013 video installation There’s something I must tell you, recently acquired by Iziko Museums with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. On show until June 2015.
Alfredo Jaar‘s iconic 1987 public intervention, a gialnt light bulb display titled A Logo for America ran in Times Square for the month of August. As part of The Times Square Alliance’s Midnight Moment program, the work premiered just before midnight on Friday, August 1, and played every night throughout the month at 11:57pm on over five blocks of signs in Times Square. The press statement put out by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum said that “Amidst Times Square’s maelstrom of advertising and commercial culture, Alfredo Jaar‘s animation A Logo for America displays the statement ‘This is not America’ emblazoned across the outline of the United States. Through an apparently contradictory juxtaposition, the work denounces the fact that the word ‘America’ is routinely but erroneously applied to just one part of the American continent. In the 2014 reiteration of this 1987 intervention, Jaar points out that, almost 30 years later, the representation of an entire continent is still monopolized by the same, single country.”
The City of Cape Town commissioned work by Haroon-Gunn Salie has been installed on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town for a year. Titled Kom oor die see it forms part of the art54 pilot project for the city’s Ward 54, timed to coincide with Cape Town’s the World Design Capital distinction. Commissioned public artworks are intended to enhance the dramatic landscape of the Atlantic Seaboard. Gunn-Salie’s bronze Sunday Best is on the show From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until September 6. And until November 1 prints from his Witness series feature on the exhibition No Fixed Abode curated by Candice Allison at the New Church Museum in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin will premiere a new body of work titled Divine Violence at MOSTYN in Llandudno, Wales. The markings and annotations that German playwright Bertolt Brecht added to his personal bible were the inspiration for their publication Holy Bible, published in 2013, which the artists have subsequently developed into a full-scale exhibition concerned with historical and contemporary visual representations of conflict. The exhibition runs until 2 November 2014.
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive brings into dialogue various documents from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century and recent photographic and video work by contemporary artists engaged with photographic archives, to offer new perspectives on the legacy of anthropological and ethnographic visions of Africa. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, is on view at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany until 2015, and features work by Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, and Sue Williamson. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl.
The Australian Centre for Photography marks 20th anniversary of the transition to democracy in South Africa with a look back at two outstanding series’ by World Press Photo award-winner Jodi Bieber. Titled Between Darkness and Light: Selected works from South Africa 1994–2011 the exhibition is curated from Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa and Soweto. With the first body of work, Bieber journeyed to one of the toughest neighbourhoods of Johannesburg in a series that ultimately deals with the loss of innocence and the instinct for survival. Soweto is an open-ended photo-essay that is both a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today. Bieber exhibits alongside photojournalists Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jongh (The Netherlands) and Ashely Gilberstson (Australia/US) until October 26 .
A solo exhibition of new paintings by Lisa Brice opens at gallery French Riviera in Bethnal Green, London on September 19. Titled Cut Your Coat, this will be Brice’s first solo exhibition in London. Born in Cape Town, in 1968, Brice divided her working life between South Africa, Trinidad and the UK for over a decade before settling in London in 2010, where she is currently based. Her work is included in Vitamin P2, the publisher Phaidon’s anthology on painting, 2011. She has been invited to contribute to the upcoming Frieze Masters 2014 Artists on Artists feature. The gallery, started by artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski offers a platform to artists who are currently without representation in the UK.
Artbook publisher thames & Hudson has included painter Carla Busuttil in 100 Painters of Tomorrow due to be launched on September 22. The chosen artists were selected from more than 4300 entrants, come from over 37 countries and the entries were judged by an international panel of prominent painters and curators including Cecily Brown,curators Tony Godfrey, Yuko Hasegawa and Gregor Muir, and writer-critics Suzanne Hudson, Barry Schwabsky and Philip Tinari.The book will be launched at Christies in London on October 30. Busuttil also has a solo exhibition titled A Change of Tongue opening at Space K in Seoul on September 25.