CLOSE – Group Show

Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
24 May 2018 - 24 Jun 2018

Lungiswa Gqunta , Let Me Ease The Pain, 2016. Bed spring, beer bottles, bed linen, string 30 x 190 x 90 cm. (11,8 x 74,8 x 35,4 inches). Courtesy the artist.

!Kauru Contemporary African Art presents CLOSE, a contemporary art exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg from 24 May – 24 June 2018, curated by Zingisa Nkosinkulu (South Africa), Violet Nantume (Uganda) and Nyambura M. Waruingi (Kenya).

CLOSE features works by 11 established and emerging artists from Africa and the African diaspora including Lungiswa Gqunta (SA), Yaye Kassamali (Kenya-USA), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Lady Skollie (SA), Jenny Nijenhuis (SA), Henry “Mzili” Mujunga (Uganda), Nondumiso Msimanga (SA), Athi-Patra Ruga (SA), Neo Musangi (Kenya), Minette Vári (SA), and James Muriuki (Kenya).

CLOSE relates to proximity, it can be considered to be tension-ridden and to illuminate experiences of ambivalence, delirium and entanglement. The exhibition interrogates tension as a critical moment of reflection on the liminal spaces between things and beings, sex and desire. Contemporary artworks will explore themes of proximity, intimacy, personal space, tension, between things, perspiration, violence, discomfort, gender binaries, and breathlessness.

The space between the female body narrative and that of the male has become increasingly wider in general. In the wide “a-woke-ning” that has recently erupted the world over, we have begun to recalibrate, redefine and re-measure this state of “closeness”. The element of discomfort is at the fore of engagement on these subjects and casting a light on this very discomfort could be a way of addressing the barrier. The project seeks to rupture the fabric of society in order to find space to breathe and speak about tension. Although the concept of closeness can be explored in a personal, more self-reflective mode, the artists will also bring us closer to the more nuanced, universal questions and are invited to present artworks that offer a critique of and proffer different views from the spaces they may necessarily occupy.

CLOSE exhibition will open on 24 May 2018 and will run until 24 June 2018 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Cnr Klein & King George Street, Joubert Park. Johannesburg 2044. Free Admission: Tues – Sun: 10h00 – 17h00.




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