Erdman Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
26 May 2015 - 11 Jul 2015


Su Opperman, Speechless, pen, ink, paint and digital collage, 21 x 23cm, 2015

Troubled by the state of the nation and rendered speechless by the dismal Vaudeville of the President’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA), South African comic artists present their own personal State of the Nation Address Response (SONAR).

Unlike most comic art works, these works will contain no dialogue. They are, figuratively, speechless, symbolising the sense of speechlessness experienced by many South Africans confronted by the current political malaise, as well as the speechlessness of those who, despite twenty years of democracy, still remain voiceless.

SPEECHLESS represents a voice articulated in no other language than the visual; paradoxically, the only language equally accessible to all eleven language groups.


SPEECHLESS – Group exhibition with various artists is presented in association with AMAK, Andy Mason & Su Opperman



The Azania Mania Art Kollektiv, or popularly called AMAK, is a loose association of artists ranging from street to pop to comic art. The Kollektiv was originally launched by Andy Mason, reputedly known as the comic guru of South Africa, on the 2 October 2014 in Muizenberg, South Africa. 

With an established international reputation, Erdmann Contemporary is committed to the development of successful and sustainable careers. To this end it has attracted the attention of both local and international collectors, museum directors and curators. The gallery’s exhibition schedule over the past fourteen years is testimony to its commitment of hosting relevant and content rich exhibitions by both local and selected international artists.




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