Vrijdag 04 September 2020
David Goldblatt - Johannesburg 1948 - 2018
Goodman Gallery presents Johannesburg 1948 - 2018, the acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt's first major solo exhibition in London since 1986. Renowned for a lifetime of photography exploring his home country, Goldblatt produced an unparalleled body of work within the city of Johannesburg, where he lived for 50 years. The exhibition maps Goldblatt's evolution of work in a city divided by structural racism and subject to waves of trauma and resistance. Goldblatt was engaged in the conditions of society - the values by which people lived - rather than the climactic outcomes of those conditions. He intended to discover and probe these values through the medium of photography. "Johannesburg", Goldblatt wrote, "is not an easy city to love. From its beginnings as a mining camp in 1886, whites did not want brown and black people living among or near them and over the years pushed them further and further from the city and its white suburbs. Like the city itself, my thoughts and feelings about Joburg are fragmented. I can't easily bring a vision or a coherent bundle of ideas to mind and say, "That's Joburg for me. " Over the years I have photographed a wide range of subjects, each was almost self-contained, a fragment of a whole that I've never quite grasped.”
Summer @ SANAA 2020 - Highlights of the past year - artists of the gallery.
A weird year, first the 10 year celebration of SANAA and then Corona. We love to show the work of artists of the gallery: Rabi Koria (Syrie/NL), Anna Frydman (Germany), Option Dzikamai Nyanhunzvi (Zimbabwe), Raafat Ballan (Syrie/NL), Halina Zalewska (Poland/NL), Benine du Toit (RSA/NL). SANAA presents highlights of the past year. Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi shows vibrant drawings on paper and canvas inspired by his daily life and culture in Zimbabwe. Raafat Ballan presents new oil paintings of the serie Home, referring to the last months of lock down. Pressing Matters drawings of Halina Zalewska also feature in this show after her succesful solo exhibition in June. In the new powerful paintings of Rabi Koria form and content dialogue translated in the fragmentation of the image. Koria makes panels of tiles and plays with these tiles like a puzzle to find the right composition. Benine du Toit made raw works of charcoal and oilpaint, inspired by the racial tensions in South Africa were she was born. As a contrast in the watercolours of the serie Schöne Kleider of Anna Frydman we feel the summer breeze.
What About You?
De expositie ‘What About You? is een groepstentoonstelling met kunstwerken van Senegalese kunstenaars en is in samenwerking met Urban Africans tot stand gekomen. Kunsthistorica Rosalie van Deursen van Urban Africans reisde naar Senegal, sprak met de kunstenaars en maakte een selectie van de werken die u vanaf 9 augustus kunt komen bezichtigen. Deelnemende kunstenaars: Kine Aw, Kh Bamba, Barkinado Bocoum, Amy Celestine Dion, Sambou Diouf, Abdoulaye Armin Kane, Sandiry Niang, Piniang. Gastcurator 'What About You': Rosalie van Deursen, oprichter Urban Africans. Senegal, het land van de beroemde Dak'Art-biënnale, heeft een uitgesproken kunstgeschiedenis. Sinds de jaren zestig ligt de nadruk sterk op schilderen, wat de huidige generatie kunstenaars heeft gevormd. In deze tentoonstelling ‘What About You?’ wordt de kijker gevraagd na te denken over identiteit, de menselijke blik, gedrag, traditie, moderniteit, geschiedenis, broederschap en sociaal-politieke thema's.