|||Artist Talk 6: Paul Weinberg Tuesday 27 October 2020|
Veteran South African documentary photographer Paul Weinberg introduced his recent projects that focus on documenting community responses to the health and economic crises brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|||Artist Talk 5: Iléne Bothma 20 October 2020|
Iléne Bothma introduced her most recent solo exhibition Life, Death and all the Fear In-between and contextualised the works as arising out of her intrepid explorations into the ambiguous, overlapping roles of mother, partner, artist, and woman. She conducted an online walkabout of her show at 99Loop Gallery, Cape Town.
View Iléne Bothma's artist talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEX17khGl84
|||Artist Talk 4: Senzeni Marasela 13 October 2020 |
Artist Senzeni Marasela discussed her project Ijeremani Lam (2013-2019). Senzeni identified influences ranging from Dolly Parton to Winnie Mandela and Charles Dickens’ Miss Haversham that all describe women who wait in order to contextualise her decision to spend what ended up being 6 years living and working in the costume of, and in many ways, as the character of, ‘Theodora’, who paid homage to her mother and many women who remain unacknowledged.
View Senzeni Marasela’s artist talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMRfyJMJbWg
Artist Talk 3: Christine Dixie and Helene van Aswegen 6 October 2020
Printmaker Christine Dixie collaborated with book-maker Helene van Aswegen to produce an artist’s book Blueprint for the Disorder of Things in 2020, which critically engages with Foucault’s The Order of Things. Dixie and van Aswegen discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the course of the book’s production, and continues themes explored in previous works, notably To Be King.
View the artist talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y56HneQcr7k
|||Artist Talk 2: Usha Seejarim 29 September 2020 |
Artist Usha Seejarim talks about her art practice in relation to material and form: how she plays the two off each other to offer parodic, witty commentary on social and artistic norms by foregrounding the domestic environment and rituals of working-class women. She singles out her large-scale ‘abstract painting’ Dishwashing Delight for instance that parodies the self-involved solemnity of, often, white, male Conceptualists by being composed of numerous small square multi-coloured scouring sponges glued onto board.
View the artist talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb2wsX_bRBc
Author Talk: Elizabeth Rankin Wednesday 16 September
How did the Voortrekker Monument frieze come about and how does one negotiate it from a postcolonial perspective? Elizabeth Rankin introduced the book on the Voortrekker Monument frieze that she co-authored with Rolf Michael Schneider, From Memory to Marble. Her presentation followed shortly after the release of the second volume and discussed the ten-year process of researching and writing the book. Elizabeth Rankin is Professor Emeritus (Art History) from the University of Auckland and former Professor (and Dean of Humanities) at Wits University.
View Elizabeth Rankin’s author talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsUkwhvyvfg&t=143s
|||Artist Talk 1: Paul Emmanuel 8 September 2020|
Paul Emmanuel talks about the various iterations of his ongoing project The Lost Men, which examines issues of masculinity, militarisation, vulnerability, mourning and loss. He also looks forward to his forthcoming exhibition at UJ Arts and Culture in 2021, where he presents new works that also explore memory and loss, but in the context of his own family.
View Paul Emmanuel’s artist talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4fYFqwd3BE
Neither Here nor
An Exhibition by Vanessa
13 November 2019
Tembane exhibited her M.Tech body of work at the SARChI Gallery. Vanessa was
supervised by Prof. Brenda Schmahmann and co-supervised by Vedant
explored her own experiences of diasporic displacement. The intergenerational chain
of communication between herself, her mother and grandmother, the framing of the
past wrought by nostalgia, and the role of photography in establishing belonging
were the central themes of her body of work, which paid homage to the Mozambiquan
An Exhibition by
Kate’Lyn Ruby Chetty
Katie exhibited her M.Tech body of work at
the SARChI Gallery. Katie was supervised by Prof. Brenda
Schmahmann and co-supervised by Landi Raubenheimer. In her exhibition and
dissertation, Katie explored how the narratives told by photographs in a family
album tend to exclude evidence of suffering and instead often represent idealised
family life. Her extended family had settled in, and taken photographs of, Sawoti,
an area in KwaZulu-Natal where many indentured labourers from India settled after
their contracts had expired. Invoking a critical and empathic lens onto nostalgia,
Katie reinterpreted the idea of Sawoti as an idyllic space that omitted reference to
the family’s challenges and losses experienced during indenture and apartheid. Her
exhibition opening coincided with the 160-year landing of the first people from
India bound for indenture in South Africa
A Guest Seminar by Paul
Weinberg is a research associate with the SARChI Chair in Art and Visual Culture, an
award-winning photographer and founder member of Afrapix.
presented his recent project "Earthsongs", which documents and interprets
landscapes that are sites of spiritual practice. He demonstrated how this work
follows on from a deep engagement with his previous photographic projects that
recorded people's spiritual practices in Southern Africa, published in his book
Art Museums in South
Africa today: Who wields the power?
A Guest Seminar by Marilyn
Martin posed urgent questions around the politics and directions of contemporary
South African art museums. She asked: Who wields the power now that our established
but struggling national and municipal art museums have sunk into the shadows? Have
males, money and the market captured the art museum space? Are the new private
(self-described as 'public') institutions immune from critique and
Between Dreams and
Realities: A History of the South African National Gallery,
The Johannesburg launch of
Marilyn Martin's book
director of the South African National Gallery, Marilyn Martin was in conversation
with Ishmael Mohammed, CEO of the Market Theatre and former director of the National
Arts Festival in Makhanda. Based on extensive research and interviews, her book
revisits important exhibitions, events and forgotten controversies. Martin
highlighted achievements of directions, who often faced political agendas and
strained relationships within and outside the institution.
What is Hidden and
Revealed: Photographs of Fabric
A Guest Seminar by Marcella
Hackbardt is Professor of Studio Art at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) and was in
Johannesburg as a guest of the Curriculum Division at the Wits School of Education.
She discussed a wide variety of photographic representations of fabric and
considered the messaging contained within them. In responding to form, function,
fantasy and faith, Marcella outlined the productive ways in which studio art may be
informed by theoretical underpinnings.
Arts and Culture: Between Exploitation and Appreciation
A Guest Seminar by Craniv Ambolia
Ambolia Boyd was a visiting PhD student at the Faculty of Art, Design and
Architecture (FADA). Pursuing his PhD at the Freie Universitat Berlin, Craniv
introduced graduate students to methodological as well as practical strategies
available to pursue fieldwork, while contextualising his own experiences conducting
fieldwork amongst Ndebele textile makers and bead workers.
Arts and Culture: Between Exploitation and Appreciation
Menagerie: Captivating Portraits of Predators and
Guest Seminar by Pearlie Baluyut
6 March 2019
Curator and Lecturer of Art History at the State University of New York (Oneonta),
discussed curatorial strategies pertaining to the exhibition of artists whose works
may be considered conventionally 'difficult' and/or 'different'. Her
case study was drawn from her recent curatorial project with the Taiwanese artist
Tawan Wattuya, who was available, via Skype, to engage with seminar
A Global Menagerie: Captivating Portraits of Predators
exhibition by Hilary Keegan
exhibited her M.Tech body of work in the SARChI Gallery. She was supervised by Prof.
Karen von Veh and co-supervised by Shonisani Netshia.
Keegan examined Mary and Eve stereotypes in order to work through the religious
allusions that underscores
profane female identity, intended to compel obedience and devotion to a
'pure' feminine ideal. She engaged with the deconstruction and
reconstruction of her female identity through a series of paintings and constructed
altarpieces. The resulting three cycles of artworks act as metaphors for her
reconstructed womanhood through a fairy tale journey.
Exhibition by Allen Laing
Laing's M.Tech body of work was exhibited in the Johannesburg City Library. He
was supervised by Prof. Brenda Schmahmann and co-supervised by David Paton. His
M.Tech was awarded a distinction and the Chancellor's Medal Chancellor's
medal for the most meritorious master's study of 2018 at FADA.
the imaginative encounters of his alter ego (N.) with Professor Walter Roald
Etterforsker, purportedly a 19th century
ethnographer, Allen's work combined whimsical, inventive and serious examination
of issues around societal constructions of masculinities, colonial encounters, and
the documenting and archiving of local knowledge during colonial occupation, which
he demonstrated continue to have relevance in contemporary society.
Guest Seminar by Jessica Hemmings
Hemmings, Professor of Crafts and Vice-Prefekt of Resarch at the Academy of Design
and Crafts, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, presented a seminar on
how 'tacit knowledge', commonly thought of as knowledge that is held in the
body. She discussed its positioning within humanities discourse and its
applicability and potential in open-ended, arts- and humanities-based research
through a series of examples.
the Warp: Women and Weaving at Rorke's Drift
exhibition curated by Philippa Hobbs and Jenny Marsden
artistic contribution by woman weavers of the ELC Art and Craft Centre
'Rorke's Drift' was explored and acknowledged in this exhibition. The
range of historic material that narrates this little-understood tapestry practice is
drawn from the Power, Gender and Community Art Archive (PGCAA). This archive is a
collaboration between Special Collections at the University of Johannesburg and the
SARChI Chair in Art and Visual Culture. Material relating to the ELC Art and Craft
Centre at Rorke's Drift was repatriated from Sweden by Philippa Hobbs in 2017
and 2018. She and archivist Jenny Marsden constructed the archive by October
Eroticism, Morality and
Erasure: Photographs of Mandela published by the Weekly
A Guest Seminar by Bryan
Trabold, Associate Professor and Departmental Chair of English at Suffolk University
(Boston, Massachusetts), discussed how photographs of Nelson Mandela published by
Mail and the
during apartheid framed and advanced the various narratives of Mandela's
iconicity in the apartheid struggle. His seminar coincided with the Johannesburg
launch of his book Rhetorics of
Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa (University
of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).
Alumni Exhibition, 33 Twickenham
An Exhibition by Dr Carol Hofmeyr and the
Keiskamma Art Project
2018 UJ Alumni Exhibition honoured Dr Carol Hofmeyr, artist, medical doctor and
founder of the Keiskamma Trust at the FADA Art Gallery.
SARChI Gallery at 33 Twickenham exhibited the Rose
made by members of the Keiskamma Art Project. Noseti
Makubalo and Veronica Betani, representing the Keiskamma Art Project, attended the
opening at the SARChI Gallery.
A visit by Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor
of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University,
included a seminar presentation.
Ways of appearance
A visit by Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York
included a seminar presentation
presentation on 20
May 2018, Christa Clarke introduced the collector behind a large group of
objects from South Africa that are
in the Newark Museum in New Jersey.
An exhibition of work by
Kim Berman opened at 33 Twickenham Avenue to coincide with the launch of Finding Voice on 19
Public Art in South
Public Art in South Africa (Indiana University Press) was
launched during the "Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice
Conference" on 16 November 2017. The guest speaker was Erika Doss.
See the following link for an
SABC television interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJVMI1DArp4
Kim Miller, of Wheaton
College, co-convenor of the “Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice“
conference, gave a guest seminar on 13 November 2017.
Tracing Presence through Absence
An Exhibition by Lisa Linossi
23 October 2017
Lisa Linossi’s M.Tech body of work was exhibited in the SARChI Gallery (and was awarded a
distinction). She was supervised by Prof. Brenda Schmahmann and co-supervised by Vedant Nanackchand.
Lisa explored the index – as a trace of the referent – through her engagement with personal
objects belonging to her late father and brother as well as home-movie footage. Often obscuring motifs, she
referred to the physical absence from her life of her father and brother while simultaneously suggesting how
memories of loved ones, no matter how treasured and nurtured, gradually fade and deteriorate.
We made available our facilities to VIAD, hosting
an exhibition of work by Senzeni Marasela and Siwa Mgoboza that was curated by Amie
Soudien, as well as the launch of Juliette Leeb du Toit's
Isishweshwe: A History of the Indigenisation of Blueprint in Southern
Africa (KwaZulu-Natal Press) on 14 September 2017.
As part of the "Booknesses" conference being
organised under the ambit of the Visual Art Department in March 2017, the SARChI
Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture hosted an evening reception and
lecture on the art of the book, along with a small bespoke exhibition of three
for an overview of Booknesses.
The launch of the
Keiskamma Art Project: Restoring Hope and Livelihoods (Cape Town: Print Matters
Heritage), took place on 30 November 2016. The guest speaker at the launch was Leila
Patel, SARChI Chair in Social Work at the University of Johannesburg.
See the interview
on SABC television about the book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=846ZJgVRGE4
Keiskamma Art Project:
Restoring Hope and Livelihoods