22 November 2017
Zanele Muholi receives French knighthood
Zanele Muholi has been named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her work in the arts and the LGBTQI community. Muholi has a 'homecoming' exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery, opening 1 December - the first solo show in the city of Muholi's birth.
20 November 2017
Wa Lehulere wins Performa award
Kemang Wa Lehulere has won the Malcolm McLaren Award presented by Performa in recognition of artists who stage 'an innovative and thought-provoking performance' during the New York-based biennial. Wa Lehulere received the prize for his work I Cut My Skin to Liberate the Splinter.
18 November 2017 - 25 February 2018
Siopis and Odita in New Orleans
Penny Siopis and Odili Donald Odita are among the artists showing on Prospect.4, the New Orleans triennial. Titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp and curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, 'P.4 takes the city’s distinctive character as a point of departure to investigate global concerns'.
Bogosi Sekhukhuni features in the 11th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako: African Biennale of Photography titled Afrotopia. This edition seeks to 'reflect a commitment to ensuring that this historic and pioneering biennale for photography is integral to the new Pan-African forces for change'.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang feature in Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories a group exhibition presented by The Walther collection at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako. This show 'acknowledges the complexities and differing conceptions that can resound through each urban space, personal memory, or social community'.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Pieter Hugo's mid-career survey exhibition, travels to the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (MMK) in Dortmund, Germany. The exhibition, previously at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, will be on show until May 2018.
The Market Photo Workshop presents Faces and Phases 11, a special project by Zanele Muholi that celebrates the 11th anniversary of her acclaimed portrait series documenting black lesbian and transgender individuals from South Africa and beyond.
Works from Pieter Hugo's 1994 series feature in Dangerous Art at the Haifa Museum of Art. This exhibition 'revolves around artists' response to limitations placed on civil freedom, in Israel and worldwide'.
Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, Zanele Muholi's exhibition shown at Autograph ABP, London, moves to the Reid Gallery at Glasgow School of Art. The exhibition is curated by Renée Mussai.
Guy Tillim has a survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), showing until 26 December. Titled O Futuro Certo, the exhibition spans 20 years of work, including the latest series, Museum of the Revolution, which has won him the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award for 2017.
Work from Edson Chagas' OIKONOMOS series feature in chin(A)frica: an interface, a group exhibition seeking to investigate 'new parameters in which identity and geopolitics are formulated through recent expansive exchanges between China and African countries over the past decade'.
Steven Cohen and Zanele Muholi are included in Traversées Ren@rde at Transpalette Centre d'Art. The exhibition is part of a countrywide celebration of the Pompidou Centre's 40th anniversary, and includes multidisciplinary artists who have formed part of the Pompidou's history. Cohen will perform at Transpalette on 16 December.
Work from Zanele Muholi's Faces and Phases series is included in Structures of Identity at Museo Amparo, Mexico. The exhibition, drawing from the Walther Collection, seeks to highlight the different ways that subjectivity and social identity are shaped and regarded within the history of the photographic medium.
Guy Tillim is included in Ex Africa, curated by Alfons Hug. Featuring eighteen artists from eight African countries, the exhibition seeks to highlight the connection between Africa and South America.
Zanele Muholi features in The Photographic I – Other Pictures at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst). This exhibition seeks to investigate the power of the still image as a means of examining the world.
Nicholas Hlobo, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita exhibit in Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists curated by Osi Audu. The exhibition spotlights artists pursuing 'abstraction as a way of engaging in a broader conversation about art'.
Serge Alain Nitegeka is included in Solidary & Solitary, a group exhibition drawn from the Joyner/Giuffrida collection, telling the history of art by African and African-American artists working in abstraction from the 1940s to the present moment.
Under the Sun, a survey exhibition by Robin Rhode, opens at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This is the artist's first institutional show in Israel and spans the breadth of his oeuvre.
Kemang Wa Lehulere exhibits in Buried in the Mix at MEWO Kunsthalle. This group show presents songs, soundtracks, club music, music videos and field recordings as statements that question, disorient and reconstitute the cultural memory and historical processes of the diaspora.
Nandipha Mntambo, Edson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere have curated the inaugural exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation, You and I, which includes work by, among others, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa and Meschac Gaba.
Iseeyou by Simon Gush is included in Avant-Noir Volume 3, a film programme curated by Greg de Cuir Jr that surveys recent work by African and African diaspora film and video artists, alongside those engaging with African cultures.
Work from Zanele Muholi's 'Faces and Phases' series is included in The Face: A Search for Clues at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. The exhibition looks at questions around self-image and communication.
Work by Meschac Gaba features in Their Own Harlems, a group exhibition considering 'different aspects of urban life, such as the ritual of moving through the city and the direct observation of scenes on the street, to illustrate how the city has served as a source of inspiration for artists across generations'.
Guy Tillim has won the HCB Award 2017, presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. Tillim was selected for his body of work titled Museum of the Revolution. The award supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help, and includes an exhibition and a book.