SOUTHERN GUILD AT INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2024 15th February, 2024 – 18th February, 2024 Cape Town International Convention Centre
Southern Guild presents three booths at the 11th edition of the Investec Cape TownArt Fair (ICTAF) – in the Main area, SOLO and Generations sections. Reflecting the rich diversity of material cultures within its programme, the gallery will show a group exhibition in the Main Section, featuring work by Manyaku Mashilo, Andile Dyalvane, Patrick Bongoy, Oluseye, Zanele Muholi, Usha Seejarim, Ayotunde Ojo, Dominique Zinkpè, Katlego Tlabela and Navel Seakamela.
In the SOLO section, the gallery will focus on abstract artworks by Iranian artist Kamyar Bineshtarigh, and showcase new figurative paintings by Johannesburg-based artist Terence Maluleke in Generations, where they will be in conversation with historic tapestries and ceramics from the Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre presented by Riaan Bolt Antiques. In addition, a special project titled Cabinet | Clay will feature works by South African artists Madoda Fani and Chuma Maweni, as well as Franco-Beninese artist King Houndekpinkou, who is our current artist-in-residence at the GUILD Residency on Loop Street.
Over the week of the fair, Southern Guild’s artists are featured in a number of important events, including the Almas Art Foundation Book and Film Launch with Andile Dyalvane in the gallery on Thursday, 15 February, and an ICTAF Talk moderated by Sean O’Toole and Olivia Barrell featuring Andile Dyalvane and Kamyar Bineshtarigh on Saturday, 17 February.
Main Section: Booth D10
Southern Guild will spotlight work by 10 artists, many of whom have been artists-in-residence at the gallery’s GUILD Residency. These include a six-panel tableau painting by Katlego Tlabela and a series of figurative paintings by Ayotunde Ojo, completed during his recent stay in Cape Town and marking his first time exhibiting at the fair. Navel Seakamela and Oluseye, also previous artists-in-residence, are represented on the stand, the latter showing photographic works and sculpture from his recent solo, Black Exodus: Summer Departure. Also presenting new work made especially for the fair are Manyaku Mashilo (following her recent solo exhibition, An Order of Being), Patrick Bongoy, and Usha Seejarim. These will be shown alongside a series of ceramic tablets by Andile Dyalvane, iconic photographs by Zanele Muholi and a timber sculptural work by Dominique Zinkpè.
SOLO: Kamyar Bineshtarigh Booth S1
Selected by Sean O’Toole, curator of the 2024 SOLO section, Kamyar Bineshtarigh will show mixed-media abstract works from key series produced in recent years. Bineshtarigh’s practice speaks to O’Toole’s thematic focus on the boundaries and limitations of contemporary painting – its “processes, materials and iconography but also its history and ontological character as a discrete medium”. The booth will bring together ink on canvas works from his Khat-Khati, Hafez and Gazal series, alongside layered paintings lifted from the walls of his studio. The presentation traces the artist’s longstanding engagement with language, mark-making and abstraction as tools to examine structures of power and oppression.
Generations: Terence Maluleke Booth G10
Terence Maluleke makes his debut at the fair with a series of stylised paintings inspired by the narrativised landscapes and fantastical allegories in rare examples of work by Rorke’s Drift artists such as Ellna Xaba, Philda Majozi, Dorothy Sibiya, Gordan Mbatha, Ephraim Ziqubu and Elizabeth Mbatha. An accomplished visual developer in the field of animated film, Maluleke adopts a flattened pictorial language and vibrant approach to storytelling that has intriguing synergies with the tapestries and ceramics shown by Riaan Bolt Antiques.
This new section of the fair instigates cross-generational conversations among 10 artists at different stages of their careers. According to curators Natasha Becker and Amogelang Maledu: “Generations encourages visitors to engage a relational way of seeing artists’ individual practices vis-à-vis their intersecting dialogues in mediums and material cultures, as well as common conceptual preoccupations.”
Almas Art Foundation Book and Film Launch with Andile Dyalvane Thursday, 15 February, 10 am – 11:30 am Southern Guild, Silo 5, V&A Waterfront
The Almas Art Foundation will launch its latest project, Ubunzululwazi Lwabaphantsi (Ancestral Wisdom), a book and documentary film celebrating the work of ceramic artist Andile Dyalvane. The publication provides a career survey with insightful texts by Olivia Barrell and Alexis Dyalvane.
The documentary, filmed in Dyalvane’s Salt River studio, Southern Guild’s gallery and other locations, features interviews with the artist and his close collaborators. Based in London, the Almas Art Foundation celebrates the invaluable contributions made by African and African diaspora artists to modern and contemporary visual arts. Through its programme of publications, exhibitions and films, Almas documents the practices of established and mid-career African and African diaspora artists for a new generation of artists, scholars and the wider international art community.
ICTAF Talk: Themes of Language and Migration Across Media Saturday, 17 February, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Vasco da Gama Room, Westin Hotel
Join Andile Dyalvane and painter Kamyar Bineshtarigh for “Themes of Language and Migration Across Media”, a conversation with art critic Sean O’Toole and art historian Olivia Barrell, at the ICTAF. The artists will explore how language, movement and displacement informs their work and translates into their respective artistic mediums, and discuss the role of collaboration and community in their work.
SOUTHERN GUILD AT INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2024 from the 15th of February, 2024 until the 18th of February, 2024
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