Kunstraum is pleased to present a new exhibition focused on South African contemporary art. A series of works chosen through visits and encounters in Johannesburg in the heart of a country cauterizing its wounds and searching desperately to establish guidelines for its new African form of democracy.
Friday March 19th, Vernissage from 18:00-21:00 (in several shifts according necessity)
Saturday March 20th and Sunday March 21st , from 11:00-18:00
Friday March 26th from 18:00-21:00
Saturday March 27th from 11:00-18:00
Admission is confirmed by reservation only
The works are challenging. They are fueled by inherent tensions. Humanity and spirituality meet in the works of Usha Seejarim, Kendell Geers, Chris Soal, Benon Lutaaya, Themba Khumalo, Jean du Plessis, Louis Olivier et Nelson Makamo.
As a preview of the exhibition, before being able to access physically, Kunstraum gives you an intimate insight of some of the artists through a series of videos wherein the artist explains their unique way of interpreting South African culture.
Kunstraum invites you to discover our second artist Kendell Geers. Born in South Africa, Kendell Geers is currently living and working in Brussels.
Kendell creates work that aims to disrupt with a large range of references - from history of art, linguistics, poetry, popular culture, protest and play.
Kunstraum invites you to discover our first artist Usha Seejarim. Born in South Africa, Usha Seejarim is currently living and working in Johannesburg.
Usha's art practice lovingly celebrates and elevates otherwise exhausting and repetitive daily domestic work motifs.
Born into a working-class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes.
"Describing himself as an AniMystikAktivist, Kendell Geers' work embodies a syncretic approach that weaves together diverse Afro-European traditions from Animism and Activism, to Alchemy, Mysticism and Ritual Magick. His strategies are without compromise because he believes that “Art changes the world - one perception at a time.”
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
From August 25 to September 3, 2020
Due to Covid restrictions, viewings of the expo are by appointment only. Please contact Joachim von Beust via this email to make arrangements:
Kunstraum is excited to display the photographic artworks of Stephane Noel.
About the Artist:
Stephane Noel is a Belgian photographer. In his work, Stephane is gloriously old-school, dedicating his professional efforts to explore the gum bichromate printing process, a 19th century technique
Stephan goes out into the world with a camera and an open heart, and comes back with images of heart-felt and respectful encounters with new friends. He then transforms those images with his old-fashioned photo techniques into enchanting artworks that capture a profound moment in our shared humanity.
His talent is innate, his techniques are classical, his eye is uniquely Belgian.
See the videos! and see you next time :-)
Reading the title “Clash Madrid”, thoughts and ideas of a violent and hostile clash come to mind, but far from it.
Four artists living in Berlin are coming to Madrid with their works to celebrate a three-day exclusive exhibition in the heart of Madrid’s Carabanchel art district with three friendly artists living in the city.
The logistically challenging exhibition stands under the sign of the possibilities of bringing together, of cohesion, of two different artistic environments from two places. The mediation of impressions, such as community, beyond cultural and geographical borders is the focus of the artistic clash. The exhibition stands in contrast to the tendency of demarcation prevailing in current events. The visitor is conveyed a sense of belonging, knowing full well that some of the artists come from Berlin. This exciting game of stimulus and emotion develops its power only in moments of closeness: as soon as people are ready to let themselves be grasped by art. Only in such a moment of nearness can art tell of the good life; only then awakens the sense of possibility that our present might need just as well.
“It is simply not a political act for a work of art to say how the world would be better,” writes philosopher Christoph Menke.