Esikhaleni – Spatial Practices

The Dead Revolutionaries Club
in association with Claudia Shneider and the Afrika Cultural Centre presents:

Esikhaleni – Spatial Practices

The exhibition Esikhaleni – Spatial Practices used the concept of ‘space’ as its springboard for creative and artistic expression and intervention. Using the expansive space available at the Afrika Cultural Centre, a historic site of struggle, teaching and interdisciplinary arts collaborations, a group of younger, rising artists had been challenged to engage organically with the space in whatever way they chose. With limited resources available, the permanence and manner of their interventions was left to the decision of the individual artist.

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Galleries Mini-Exhibition
Esikhaleni also featured a section for small galleries to participate. These galleries had been unable to exhibit in the art fair but were invited to creatively engage with the space that was allocated to them. Continuing our theme of breaking with the white cube gallery format, invited galleries were required to use their space to creatively exhibit their artists work, thereby curating their own mini-exhibiton.

Café Meeting Area
The Afrika Cultural Centre had been operating for over 20 years, and as a meeting point for people of colour in apartheid times, has interacted with many of South Africa’s prominent artists in the visual arts, theatre, music and film fields. Within this same place, a café was set up for people to purchase refreshments and to meet and discuss. The café was run by informally employed people who live on the premises of the ACC.

Afrika Cultural Centre, 52-62 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown (behind MuseumAfrica)

Exhibition opening and performances: Friday, 14 March 2008
download more information: esikhaleni_info


Exhibition views

Participating Artists (curated exhibition)

Amos Letsoalo
Secret Place (2008)
Installation; wet cow dung, dry cow dung, stones, animal fur

Beverley Price
Where I live all gold is at the heart of the matter (2008)
Installation; oranges, gold paint, gum boots, gold, spices, Johannesburg soil

Claudia Shneider
Tall horse (2008)
Steel chain, plastic bottles, water

Dinkies Sithole
BLOM-PLEK: Forgotten Memories (2008)
Installation; four used car seats, welding sheets, plastic sheets, posters, magazines, books, newspapers, DVD-projection with sound

Johan Thom
Traffic (2008)
Performance, 90 min

Kemang wa Lehulere
Message Pending (2008)
Oil on canvas

Lonwabo Kilani
Bantu Label Beer (2007)
Mixed media installation

Nicoleen Naidoo
Sati (2006)
Ink on cloth and paper

Senzo Nhlapo
Untitled (2008)
Performative installation; cloth on wooden frames, light, sound

Sharlene Khan
Two Fish and Five Loaves (2001)
Mixed media installation

Fabric of Society III (2007)
Oil on canvas

Participating Galleries
Blank Projects (Cape Town)
Jeremy Purén and Daniël Naudé, The Movie (2008)
Mixed media installation; car, video screening on monitor
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Jonathan Garnham, untitled (we all have our ups and downs) (2008)
Installation; two children's swings, one attached to the roof of the ACC and one attached to the flyway above the Afrika Cultural Center

Outlet Project Room (Pretoria)
Johan Thom and Lawrence Lemoana, Thom vs. Lemoana (2008)
Video installation

Spaza Art Gallery (Johannesburg)
Winston Nkuthuko Luthuli, Its something I have to do (2007–2008)
Series of wooden sculptures

Worldart Gallery (Cape Town/Johannesburg)