Africa South creates a space to engage with evolving and overlapping geo-political identities, from the ‘local’ to the ‘international’. The exhibition privileges the perspectives of artists residing in the southernmost part of the continent, including more recent migrations, both ‘permanent’ and temporary. As a curated space Africa South enacts broader questions of place: who has it; how has it been constructed; and how does it facilitate or impede mobility as individuals, ‘communities’, and as artists? Africa South features both emerging and well known artists, and has been curated by Mario Pissarra for the Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI). Most works were produced especially for the exhibition.
Tyrone Appollis (b. Cape Town, 1957), Omar Badsha (b. Durban, 1945), Lizette Chirrime (b. Nampula, Mozambique, 1973), Peter E. Clarke (b. False Bay, 1929), Gerry Dixon (b. London, UK, 1938), Garth Erasmus (b. Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, 1956), Randolph Hartzenberg (b. Cape Town, 1948, Isaac Makeleni (b. Cape Town, 1950), Shepherd Mbanya (b. Queenstown, Eastern Cape, 1965), Mambakwedza Mutasa (b Harare, Zimbabwe, 1974), Dathini Mzayiya (b. Queenstown, 1979), Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (b. Cape Town, 1977), Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi (b. Enugu, Nigeria, 1979), Sophie Peters (b. Kliptown, Johannesburg, 1968), Mario Pissarra (b. Durban, 1959), Ayesha Price (b. Cape Town, 1975), Velile Soha (b. Cape Town, 1957), Stacey Stent (b. Cape Town, 1947), Mandla Vanyaza (b. Cape Town, 1963), Donovan Ward (b. Cape Town, 1962), Ernestine White (b. Cape Town, 1976), Luzamba Zemba (b. Lubumbashi, DRC, 1973).
An online catalogue is being produced for www.asai.co.za/forum Africa South was made possible through the generous support of the AVA Artreach Fund.