The Art of Disruptions marks milestones in the history of South Africa: the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria against pass laws, the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area in 1966, the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency. The exhibition highlights strategies artists have employed in the current milieu to deal with and comment on the various issues that plague our society; issues like racism, sexism, homophobia, inequality and privilege, migration and environmental degradation. Artists included are Gerald Machona and Haroon Gunn-Salie. At the Iziko South African National Gallery until 23 October.
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.
In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of shaping contemporary art and working with artists who challenge unequal power structures and affect social change. Through global dialogue and exchange, Goodman Gallery has placed common histories at its core and has been instrumental in shifting perspectives through contemporary art. In celebration of half a century of advancing artistic achievement, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries in early June, featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, video and talks programmes, as well as partnerships with major public institutions.