Joburg’s 2010 African art show

26 May 2010

Art lovers, soccer fans and tourists in Johannesburg during the 2010 Fifa World Cup will do well to bookmark a visit to SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art, running until 11 July at Museum Africa in Newtown.

A massive exhibition of art work from across the continent, the exhibition has been organised by the city of Johannesburg, with sponsorship from Telkom, as a parallel event of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art seeks to ensure that Africa’s hosting of the World Cup will be remembered through its art works.

According to South African curators Thembinkosi Goniwe and Melissa Mboweni, the exhibition showcases contemporary African art, focusing on the concepts of intimacy, beauty and pleasure.

“This is a creative and an intellectual space for African artists, curators, writers and various audiences to engage in dialogue on culture, aesthetics, politics and mobility,” Goniwe said.

The city of Johannesburg’s portfolio head of community development, Bafana Sithole, said: “When the World Cup has come and gone, there should be something of value left behind … This exhibition is meant to portray the continent’s diverse cultures and for African artists to showcase their work. It is also meant to draw global attention to Africa.”

Artists whose work is on show at the exhibition include: Berni Searle, Godfried Donkor, Barthelemy Toguo, Willem Boshoff, Gabrielle Goliath, Berry Bickle, Mary Sibande, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Koloane, Arlene Wandera, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Nandipha Mntambo, James Muriuki, Alison Kearney, Nathalie Bikoro, Zen Marie, Abdul Razaq Awofeso, Steve Bandoma, Elias Sime, Peterson Kamwathi Waweru, Gugulective, Chimurenga, Billie Zangewa, Dominique Zinkpe, and Collectif 212.

For more information, visit the exhibition website

Source City of Johannesburg