Black Chronicles IV

13 April – 31 May 2018

FADA Gallery

Johannesburg, South Africa

From 13 April - 31 May, the University of Johannesburg’s VIAD Research Centre in partnership with Autograph ABP will present Black Chronicles IV. This touring Autograph ABP exhibition and audio-visual installation explores black experiences and presences in 19th-century Britain and the United States, through the prism of studio portraiture.

Many of the images will be shown for the first time in South Africa, including a selection of 200 images reproduced from African American intellectual and civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois’ iconic "American Negro" exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Another highlight of the exhibition is a dedicated display of large-scale portraits of The African Choir, who toured Britain between 1891-93, and whose members included early black South African activists Charlotte Maxeke, Katie Makanya and Paul Xiniwe. Accompanying these extraordinary images is an immersive 5-channel soundscape created by South African composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi, entitled The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined.

The exhibition offers a rare opportunity for audiences in Johannesburg to engage with a unique exhibition of images and sound, and to acknowledge the human agency of historically marginalised black subjectivities.

Curated by Renée Mussai of Autograph ABP.

Supported By

Presented by the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) in partnership with Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions, curated by Renée Mussai.

Autograph ABP is supported by Arts Council England, and work in close collaboration with Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images, on this project.

The exhibition of Black Chronicles IV in Johannesburg is supported by the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the University of Johannesburg, and the British Council Connect ZA.


FADA Gallery
17 Bunting Road, FADA Building,
UJ Bunting Road Campus,
University of Johannesburg,
Johannesburg, 2006,
Gauteng, South Africa

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Exhibition opening times:
Tuesday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm

9:00am - 1:00pm

Closed on public and university holidays

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