Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

14 July - 28 October 2017 @ Autograph ABP

In her first solo exhibition in London, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b 1972) presents her ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama.

In more than 60 photographs Muholi uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive.

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Drowning World

3 July - 24 September @ Rencontres d'Arles‏

Drowning World explores the human dimension of climate change by focusing on floods across geographical and cultural boundaries.

Rather than the literal depiction of disaster zones, Gideon Mendel focuses on the personal impact of flooding to evoke our shared vulnerability to global warming and question our sense of stability in the world.

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Artist talk with Lina Iris Viktor

Black Exodus

Friday 29 September, 6.30 - 8.30pm @ Autograph ABP

Join us for a talk with conceptual artist Lina Iris Viktor about her multi-disciplinary practice, and her most recent abstract photo works from the series Black Exodus.

Working in a solely black and gold colour palette, the artist negotiates artistic and socio-political definitions of ‘blackness’, whilst exploring existing narratives surrounding race and the African diaspora. Viktor’s practice merges photography, performance and abstract painting, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with ‘layers of light’ in the form of symbols and intricate patterns.

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The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

9 August - 13 November 2017 @ Iziko South African National Gallery

This contemporary multimedia installation is based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891.

Seen for the first time in South Africa, it presents five songs recreated by the composers from an original nineteenth-century concert programme, along with twenty photographic portraits of the choir members rediscovered in London at the Hulton Archive after 125 years.

Featuring songs composed and arranged by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi. Curated by Renée Mussai.

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