Johannesburg is home to some of the most fantastic galleries to create the perfect showcases for our plethora of über talented South African artists. From painting and ceramics, to more industrial displays – here’s our go-to-guide for the top art installations not to be missed in Jozi this month.
Pop in to Constitution Hill from the 2nd of February to see what, without a doubt, is going to become a talking piece on the international arts circuit. Weights and Measures is a highly engaging, traveling public art project, conceived by Bradley McCallum, which examines international justice through the means of portraits.
In attention grabbing detail – the exhibition is constructed of large-scale oil paintings of defendants, photographs of justice practitioners and audio installations of witnesses and the voices of victims seeking justice. McCallum’s exhibition will challenge you to think critically about the legacy of international tribunals, the issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the predicaments central to genocide, atrocity crimes and human rights abuse.
The exhibition will debut in South Africa, before travelling to countries that have experienced war crimes, and culminate in The Hague, the home of the ICC.
11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg
T: 011 381 3100
The Museum of African Design (MOAD) plays host to Unfinished City – an exhibition that focusses on Johannesburg’s history as a mining town. It was never intended to become the metropolis that it has, and this exhibit takes an internal look at the landscape of our city, the role that we play in it, as well as the constant movement and reimagining’s taking place in this city of gold.
The exhibition features local artists Naadira Patel, Kevin Krapf, Atang Tishikare and Tanya Gershon and is supported by Propertuity Developers.
281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
T: 010 500 2448
Clive van den Berg’s Pile of Stones is currently open at The Goodman Gallery, and is not to be missed. After seeing propaganda footage of ISIS throwing gay men from rooftops in Syria and Iraq, and then publicly stoned, Clive van den Berg felt the overwhelming need to ‘make good’ these violated lives. A Pile of Stones is composed of a body of work that protests the actions of ISIS, and although capturing the horror, also weaves in the sadness and reluctance of those gathered watching the incidents unfold. This installation hopes to provide some relief to the families, as well as commemorating the lives of the nameless men who are ‘wiped’ from the ISIS regime for exhibiting the ‘wrong’ kind of masculinity and to attribute dignity to these ‘un-grieveable’ victims whose relations, friends and lovers cannot mourn them without implicating themselves.
163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
T: 011 788 1113
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