In Situ: Encounters of Place

Through paintings and mixed media works, the artists reflect on the concept of place and origin in rapidly changing social, political, and economic realities.

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Silverlens opens a gallery space in New York

This expansion was necessitated by the growth of the gallery’s programme and the drive to bring a broader representation of Southeast Asian, Asian Pacific, and Diasporic artists into the wider framework of the contemporary art dialogue.

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On the Brink | A solo exhibition by Martand Khosla

As both an artist and a practicing architect, Khosla is deeply involved with the built environment and he sees his artistic practice as an exploration of the continual regeneration of our cities. This is Khosla’s third exhibition with Nature Morte.

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Landscapes of the Soul

Spanning over two decades and following a loose chronological order from 1993 to the present, the exhibition presented over seventy works characterising the artist’s engagement with abstract, symbolic, and thematic themes, and more importantly, his heartbeat for Nigeria.

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Chevron Hassett: Hello Mr Kāwana

‘Hello Mr Kāwana’ was part of an ongoing project that engages with colonial narratives as a means to understand the histories that have shaped identity and landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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STPI presents PRINT SCREEN

Through their residency programme, STPI’s Creative Workshop collaborates extensively with international artists to create works in the mediums of print and paper. PRINT SCREEN is a fresh take on works created by their artists-in-residence

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New movements for Global South galleries

We take a look at three influential galleries that have opened distinctive spaces at home and across continents to contextualise the artists that they represent in different ways, expanding their audiences.

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Sunil Gupta’s latest solo exhibition titled ‘Cruising’

Gupta explores the nature of conflict as expression and modality, engaging with historical, geographical and socio-political narratives that yield powerfully discursive, personally resonant and at times playful calls to action, enriching post-modern queer theory through his expressionist politics. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the artist to find out about each series on show.

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The 24th São Paulo Biennial

Known as one of the best Biennials ever made, the “Biennial of Anthropophagy” had as general curator Paulo Herkenhoff and as assistant curator Adriano Pedrosa.

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Radhika Khimji at Venice

Curator Aisha Stoby identified Khimji as one of Oman’s pioneers, alongside Anwar Sonja, Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami and Raiya Al Rawahi, highlighting the significance of her presence in the pavilion. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the artist to find out more about her practice and the work on show at Venice.

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documenta fifteen

Through an exploration Global South-based collectives contributing to documenta fifteen see the emphasis on people, community and exchange that is the central component of this year’s edition.

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An introduction to artist Patrick Alston

Alston’s work forms a reflection on socio-politics, identity, language and the psychology of color. SOUTH SOUTH invited the artist to share more about his practice through a self-analysis of his work.

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BAJO EL SOL at Travesía Cuatro

The exhibition focuses on the bodily potentials “of” and “in” the participating artists’ works as instruments to deconstruct the processes of artistic creation from a Eurocentric system and from the language of art.

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Jose Dávila at Museum Haus Konstruktiv

Alongside selected new paintings, a multitude of sculptural works are presented, which Dávila combines to produce surprising ensembles of works while conscientiously engaging with the museum’s architectural givens.

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Roberto Gil de Montes in Venice

The artist is one of the two Mexican artists selected by curator Cecilia Alemani for the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia joining a list of 213 artists on show this year.

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Global South focus in Venice: The Milk of Dreams

Taking SOUTH SOUTH’s departure point of the Global South being a political term rather than a strictly geographical term, we take a look at a few of the artists from SOUTH SOUTH’s community of galleries that offer a perspective from or related to the Global South.

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The Indian in Drum magazine in the 1950s

This article is an edited version of the ‘Introduction’ to the book ‘The Indian in Drum magazine in the 1950s’ (2008) by the author that followed the photographic exhibition by the same title he curated (2006), which toured museums in South Africa (2006-2011).

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Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim represents UAE in Venice

Curated by Maya Allison, this presentation shows a major new work by Emirati artist, and is accompanied by a monographic book publication, chronicling the artist’s work at the vanguard of the UAE’s art community over nearly four decades.

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Exploring the practice of Dakar-based artist Aliou Diack

Having moved from his place of birth Sidi Bougou, in the Mbour region, to the heart of the city Dakar, Aliou Diack has held his relationship with nature close to his heart. In fact, it has allowed him to view the city as a result of the natural environment and continues to expand viewers’ understandings of the natural world.

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Vivan Sundaram’s solo exhibition titled ‘Trash’

Vivan Sundaram’s exhibition, ‘Trash’, develops a theme that he has engaged since 1997. Based on the economy and aesthetics of second-hand goods and urban waste, ‘Trash’ recalls Sundaram’s installation, ‘Great Indian Bazaar’ (1997) and carries over parts of his large exhibition ‘living.it.out.in.delhi’ (2005).

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Alfredo Jaar: The Rwanda Project on show at Zeitz MOCAA

Largely derived from investigations and photojournalistic field research in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, this exhibition seeks to investigate how one can engage with trauma as an outsider and also serves as a critique to the world’s indifference and a lack of global visibility to the atrocities in Rwanda at that time.

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Ana Mendieta – La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks)

The solo exhibition ‘La tierra habla’ followed Mendieta’s journey to three different sites in Cuba: Jaruco, Varadero, and Guanabo. Following the completion of her now well-known ‘Silueta Series’ (1973–80), the artist’s works in Cuba demonstrate an evolving, more sculpturally-inclined practice as well as her increasing comfort with working on a grander scale.

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Unsettled Objects – an exhibition considering artworks as active agents of an inclusive collective imagination

‘Unsettled Objects’ is a show that draws on work from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, and holds at its core an interrogation of exhibition making by considering what it means to decolonise the imagination. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Omar Kholeif, to tease out the thematic threads of this interrogation and unpack his curatorial gestures.

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Taro Urashima’s Space Odyssey

‘Taro Urashima’s Space Odyssey’ marked the artist’s 10th solo presentation at MUJIN-TO Production. In this exhibition, Yagi presented a new body of work reflecting on perceptions of time in a world affected by Covid-19.

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I Wanna Rock Lefatshe

Emerging South African artists Malebona Maphutse and Natalie Paneng share their created worlds through digital media, sculpture and painting.

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African Mobilities 2.0

African Mobilities 2.0 is the second iteration of a project conceptualised and curated by Dr. Mpho Matsipa. This project explores African Architecture and Mobility.

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Scratched Surfaces, as Diamond against Crystal

This exhibition was Carlos Garaicoa’s debut exhibition at Goodman Gallery, London. Garaicoa is one of Cuba’s most significant contemporary artists. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Garaicoa addresses issues of culture and politics with a reflexive lens into architecture, urbanism and history.

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Cosmic Curiosities

In this new show Chati Coronel applies her passion for the timeless study of the stars to a vigorous rumination on modern existence. Marga Ortigas shares more on the artist’s latest works.

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She Bad Bad

The title for the show describes female photographers whose work re-imagines conceptual works of art through lived experiences. Curator Fulufhelo Mobadi shares the details for her curatorial approach and the podcast connected to the exhibition.

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eBhish’ by Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose

eBhish’ is a solo exhibition by Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose (b.1994, eThekwini, South Africa) presented at blank projects from 22 July – 21 August 2021. Through his work Nyawose is contributing to a “contemporary archive of black life ebhish’, one with humanising, tender and intimate moments…”. Read the full text by the artist.

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Concert From Bangladesh

‘Concert from Bangladesh’ is a collaborative mixed reality music concert, using cutting edge technology to take audiences on a virtual audio-visual journey through Bangladesh’s past and present, encompassing mystical Baul singers from rural Kushtia, experimental electronics and hip hop from the streets of Dhaka.

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Remembering artist Arturo Luz

In addition to building and intensifying his own practice, Luz was dedicated to sharing the work of local arts and asserting the Filipino art landscape within the global art world. Reflect on his work through images from the 2013 exhibition ‘ARTURO LUZ: The Painter As Photographer’.

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Reflections on the artistic practice of Fiza Khatri

On 27 May 2021, in relationship with the exhibition ‘Sailoon and Other Stories’ (on view through July 31) curator Aziz Sohail began an email exchange with Fiza Khatri. Both are from the city of Karachi and have known each other as friends, colleagues and a part of a shared community over the last five years.

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META foundation

META foundation, formed in 2020, aims to assist artists in building their careers and providing opportunities to learn skills, exhibit their work and access a variety of audiences. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the director of META foundation Sara Hallatt to find out more about the goals of the foundation and its current programming.

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En Mal D’Archive – Memory Revisited

This curatorial project considered the idea of the archive and archival practices. The project was a collaboration between between CoCulture and Dawlaty Institute’s programme ‘Preserving the Oral History of Syria’.

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Land of Sequels

Dream-like figures and distorted structures morph into one another in the work of young artist Nada Baraka, inviting the viewer to open up the parameters of what the imagination allows. ‘Land of Sequels’ is Baraka’s second solo at Gypsum gallery and builds on her first show ‘Cosmic Truths and Tales to be Told’. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the artist to unpack the inspiration for her recent body of work.

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Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys

The exhibition ‘Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys’ stems from Asia Art Archive’s research since 2014 into the personal archive of the late Hong Kong–based artist Ha Bik Chuen (1925–2009). The curator for the show, Michelle Wong, invited artists to respond to the artist’s archive, stretching the possibilities of archival work. In this interview Wong shares details about the research on Ha Bik Chuen and the conceptualisation of the exhibition.

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Home Works 1

In 2002, the first edition of the Home Works Forum invited artists, writers and thinkers to explore the notion of dislocation amidst the current geo-political and economic climate of the Arab region.

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Nossa Voz

Nossa Voz is a publication by the São Paulo-based cultural centre Casa do Povo. Translated to “Our Voice” in English, the newspaper existed alongside the institution from 1947 to 1964, with texts in Yiddish and Portuguese and an editorial profile aligned with left wing ideals. It was shut down by the military dictatorship, which forced editor-in-chief Hersch Schechter and other contributors into exile. Relaunched in 2014, it continues to dialogue with its historical premises while rethinking its editorial directives.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace

The 20th Serpentine Pavilion designed by the Johannesburg-based architecture studio Counterspace, opened on 11 June and will be available for viewing until 17 October 2021. The Pavilion references the architecture of markets, restaurants, places of worship, bookshops and local cultural institutions that are particularly significant to diasporic and cross-cultural communities. The commission extends into the city for the first time since the programme started in 2000.

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The Inner Lives of Islands

Individually and collectively the works on show, through sculptural, filmic and installation-based interventions, reflect ideas of nationhood and diasporic identities from this region. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed the curator for the show Robbie Handcock to find out about his considerations for the show.

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The 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale | Not New Now

The 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale intended to build on a longstanding history of Pan Afro-Arab unity, through critically investigating socio-political projects, cultural partnerships, and art movements that have led to many shared artistic tendencies.

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22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, titled NIRIN, was an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events presented across Sydney and Melbourne, and globally via digital platforms that connect local communities and global networks.

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Luanda, Encyclopedic City

‘Luanda, Encyclopedic City’ was the first pavilion of the Republic of Angola at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

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The 4th Ghetto Biennale 2015

The 4th Ghetto Biennale considered the Haitian Revolution and the linguistic, territorial and cultural resistance present in the Kreyòl language, the Lakou system and the belief-system and ritual practices of Vodou.

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Exploring the work of curator Özge Ersoy

Özge Ersoy is a curator and writer; Public Programmes Lead at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and the Managing Editor at m-est.org. Her work interrogates sociopolitical milieus while thinking through the threads that exist between exhibition-making, text, archival practices and collecting. SOUTH SOUTH interviewed Ersoy to find out more about her practice and to get a peek at the list of publications that have been her companions over the past year.

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Particles in Motion – a homecoming exhibition for artist and writer Ada Udechukwu

‘Particles in Motion’ is a layered fusion of Ada Udechukwu’s poetry woven through and around her lyrical art, demanding us to be silent, in order to feel the soft vibration of her interpretation of our complex world. The detailed catalogue that accompanies the exhibition includes an essay written by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton University. Learn more about Udechukwu through access to the entire catalogue.

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Danh Vo and Yuka Uematsu, moderated by Andrew Maerkle

On 30 April 2021 art writer Andrew Maerkle moderated a conversation between artist Danh Vo and curator Yuka Uematsu about the exhibition ‘Danh Vo oV hnaD’ held at the National Museum of Art Osaka from June 2 to October 11, 2020. In this talk the three revisit how the pandemic shaped the realization of the exhibition and do a virtual walkthrough of the show.

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Honolulu Biennial 2017: Middle of Now | Here

Honolulu Biennial (HB17) debuted in 2017, featuring 33 artists from over a dozen countries and Hawai’i, and ran from 8 March – 8 May. HB17 was curated by Fumio Nanjo, director of Mori Art Museum, and Ngahiraka Mason, former Indigenous Curator at Auckland Art Gallery | Toi o Tamaki. Complementing the multi-sited exhibition, was an offering of 65 different public programmes, including keiki art making workshops, lectures, performances, poetry readings, film screening, panel discussions and guided public tours.

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Kampala Art Biennale 2020

For 4th edition of the Kampala Art Biennale, KAB20, acclaimed curator Simon Njami came up with a concept grounded in knowledge sharing. An invitation was extended to international artists considered masters in their field to give workshops to younger artists, from Uganda, Africa and the world, forming studios to incubate and manifest ideas through collective engagement.

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In conversation with artist Shannon Te Ao

In this talk Southern Stars Projects director Gabriela Salgado and artist Shannon Te Ao discuss the focus of his practice in relation to concepts of time, closeness and intimacy, drawing from Māori oral history and sonic materials present in his works of the past decade.

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20 in 2020: The Artists of the Next Decade – Latin America

Art Consulting Tool (Act.) initiates and is involved in projects related to curatorial practice, publications and other forms of artistic spatial practice. There recent book 20 in 2020: The Artists of the Next Decade – Latin America highlights Latin American artists who they and those they worked with believe will redefine the artistic and cultural horizon in the decade to come. SOUTH SOUTH spoke one of the book’s editors and Act. co-founder, Fernando Ticoulat.

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From where I stand, my eye will send a light to you in the North

This exhibition took its title from artist Otobong Nkanga’s performance piece ‘Diaoptasia’, presented at Tate Modern, London, in 2015. Instead of departing from a theme, the exhibition’s foundations were laid from a selection of works on paper by Nkanga, which provided ground for other artists’ works to address the need to challenge Eurocentric historical narratives.

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Crafting Communities – a reflection on the significance of Womanifesto

‘Crafting Communities’ was an exhibition that took place at the Asia Art Archive Library in Hong Kong in 2020, and considered the history of ‘Womanifesto’; a feminist biennial programme active in Thailand from 1997 to 2008 that created space for women artists in an art scene dominated by men. ‘Crafting Communities’ forms part of the work that Asia Art Archive is doing with ‘Womanifesto’ to digitise their archive. The exhibition supplemented efforts to make the significance of ‘Womanifesto’ visible through access to materials and highlighting the impact their programming.

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Marfa’ Projects – a gallery intertwined with Beirut’s contemporary history

Art spaces can often have an intimate relationship with their cities and have the possibility to invite inhabitants to reimagine their associations with particular locations. Marfa’ Projects in Beirut is a gallery that has been able to do this. It has moved past initial conservative remarks about the impracticality of having a space for art in an abandoned garage near the entrance to the port to becoming a key location point within the arts ecosystem in the city.

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Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow

Curator and writer Guy Brett and artist David Medalla passed away in February 2021 and December 2020 respectively. Together they established the gallery Signals London and published Signals Newsbulletin between 1964 – 1966, along with fellow co-founders Paul Keeler, Gustav Metzger and Marcello Salvadori. A cross-disciplinary space invested in experimental practices, Signals London also played an important part in the recognition of artists from Latin America in a context and market in which they were overlooked.

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Dak’Art 2016 – The City in the Blue Daylight

The title for Dak’Art 2016 ‘The City in the Blue Daylight’ was taken from a poem by Leopold Sedar Senghor, specifically the line, ‘Your voice tells us about the Republic that we shall erect the City in the Blue Daylight In the equality of sister nations. And we, we answer: Presents, Ô Guélowâr!’

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