What’s up? On the walls of Joburg galleries this week
Unmissable William Kentridge in conversation
A Step Becomes a Statement by Alfred ThobaDrawing inspiration from newspaper articles and personal experiences, Johannesburg-based Thoba’s paintings are powerful, unique expressions of his convictions. A notable element is the provision of written narratives that accompany the paintings.
Opens on Tuesday at 6.30pm at the Wits Art Museum (WAM), Braamfontein, Johannesburg. There will be a talkabout on Saturday March 24 from noon.Born in 1955 by William Kentridge and Sam Nhlengethwa
Created by William Kentridge, The Centre for the Less Good Idea is a place for collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects to germinate, a space to pursue incidental discoveries made in the process of producing work.
“Often you start with a good idea; it might seem crystal clear at first but when you take it to the proverbial drawingboard, cracks and fissures emerge in its surface and they cannot be ignored. It is in following the secondary ideas, those less good ideas coined to address the first idea’s cracks, that the centre nurtures, arguing that in the act of playing with an idea you can recognise those things you didn’t know in advance but knew somewhere inside of you,” says the website.
On Thursday, as part of the For Once series of talks, Kentridge will be in conversation with Sam Nhlengethwa in a talk called Born in 1955, moderated by Neil Dundas.
On at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Maboneng, Johannesburg, March 15, 6pm, book at lessgoodidea.com/ticketsSimulacrum: Re-imagined Realities? by SaySay.Love
Artist and activist SaySay.Love takes his audience on a journey of the artist’s relationship with water, challenging viewers to question their mortality – where we come from, and where we are going – and what reality we envision for ourselves in the near, and distant, future.
On at the Agog Gallery, 12 Lower Ross StreetMaboneng, Johannesburg.Speaking the Unspeakable by Grada Kilomba
As her major solo exhibition in Africa, the artist presents her subversive work on decolonisation. With an intense and poetic visual narrative, Kilomba explores the intricate relationship between speaking, silencing and listening. She uses the word unspeakable as a metaphor for trauma. “Colonialism is a wound that has never been properly treated,” she says, “an infected wound that always hurts, and sometimes bleeds.” Using storytelling, performance, video and sound installation, and text collage, Kilomba’s exhibition should be seen as a stage where emancipating narratives take place to speak the unspeakable.
Starts this Saturday at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. at 5pm.