The JHBLive guide to First Thursday – June
The ultimate guide to a great First Thursday in Jozi
Posted: Jun 05 2018
It's First Thursday time in Jozi again. This month we're focussing on the exhibitions to see, because we can all do with a little more art in our lives, right?
Here's to a month filled with creativity!
IN-CON-CIEV-ABLE SPACE Constructing the Void
Inconceivable Space: Constructing the Void is a solo exhibition by Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa that addresses ideas of transcendental environments and void spaces that move beyond reality, beyond reason, and into the unknown. Mokalapa explores this relationship with space through a series of drawings, paintings, sculptures and installation works. Her intention is to create an environment in which the viewer is transported away from the outside world. Catch the show at Assemblage (old Kalashnikovv gallery)! More details here.
Rise, the people first
Rise, the people first is an exhibition by Kgodiso ‘Zito’ Mowa that aims to motivate the South African youth to participate in our country’s political narrative. It celebrates those activists who do contribute towards a more equal society, while challenging apathy and ignorance in our youth. It is the latest in the series of Umuzi’s First Thursdays popup exhibitions. Zito’s choice of mixed media in his use of collage, mirrors the diversity found on today’s political landscape. He collaborates with photographers George Kambwiri & Nonkululeko Chabalala to include contemporary images taken at #FEESMUSTFALL and other protests. Catch the exhibition at 70 Juta Street. More details here.
Soulistic Music Takeover
As usual, expect live music, DJs, and bands from 6-10pm in the PUMA Select Courtyard. This First Thursday sees the Soulistic Music Takeover kicking off with Una Rams’ EP Launch and a performance by Langa Mavuso. Don’t miss out!
Currently on show at WAM, Afterlife by Ross Passmoor is a fragment of the South African multidisciplinary artist's creative Ph.D. Afterlife takes ownership over and responsibility for the found materials he works with, establishing revised and new histories for the objects. It probes at questions around possession of space, the translation of spaces through objects, the development of a new histories through process, and the interrelatedness of art object and artefact. The show ends this 15 June so be sure to check it out before it’s over.
Taking place in Jozi’s newest design hub, 99 Juta, Common Threads is an exhibition by the Ninevites featuring works from textile and ceramic artists from across the country. Head through to view the exhibition, grab a drink and browse the rest of the building’s local designers and artists. Details here.
CO.FEE - A Collaborative exhibition
CO.FEE is a collaborative exhibition by Oliver Mayhew and Elias Mung’ora Njora and explores the relation between coffee as a moral compass and the coffee industry. Elias and Oliver have engaged in a persistent dialogue by responding to each other’s artistic practices in order to create diptychs that investigate the history, production and the consumption of coffee in Africa. Pull through to Priest Espressobar to check it out.
Narrative Means is a new group show at Goodman which explores the tension between perception and meaning. The constellation of artists originating from the African continent and its Diaspora also raises important questions about the literal narrative means sometimes expected from artists of African descent in today’s growing market for narrative-led art. Head through to see works that explore ideas about whiteness, sexuality, currency and more. Details over here.
Botanical Art Worldwide
Part of a global series of exhibitions showcasing botanical works of art, Jozi's Everard Read gallery is hosting botonically-inspired works by no less than 83 Souhern African artists. More details this way.