Paul Emmanuel Substance of Shadows at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery until 2nd October

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Substance of Shadows Aesop’s aphorism “Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow’ is subverted by Emmanuel in the title of his latest exhibition “Substance of Shadows’’, a culmination of 6 years work.  Using the material of carbon ‘paper’, Emmanuel’s time-consuming, detailed, painstaking technique; consummate skill; and deeply personal and […]

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Paul Emmanuel’s Men and Monuments

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Men and Monuments was on show for over a year at the Wits Art Museum  Sadly this post is really a case of “closing the door after the horse has bolted” (in a manner of speaking) … or, put another way, “too little too late”.  I am ashamed to say that Emmanuel’s exhibition at Wits […]

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Folly, Frailty and Fear: Diane Victor’s Solo Show at the University of Johannesburg until 19th May

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This is not flattery “Flattery”: excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one’s own interests. Diane Victor brushes off gratuitous positive feedback. Flattery as a human failing is a strong theme in this solo exhibition. In an interview Victor talked about the vain stupidity of contemporary society in terms of “the infatuation that seems […]

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Loss in the time of Corona

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Nobody can argue that Covid has had a massive effect on all parts of the world in 2020 and that life under strict Lockdown was different from the life most of us had been used to. How it affected the world, how governments responded to Covid, and the impact on individuals, is a matter of […]

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Walking tour of Alex with JoziWalks May 2019- almost time for 2020’s walks!

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Maboneng Township Arts Experience with Jozi Walks May 2019  For three years running, over a May weekend, the Johannesburg Development Agency has organized Walk My Jozi #JoziWalks, a series of sponsored walking tours in partnership with local community activists, tourism entrepreneurs, walking-tour operators and heritage specialists. 2018 saw me exploring Orlando East with His and […]

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Reality Check an exhibition including a virtual reality film on Walter Sisulu Accused no 2 in the Rivonia Trial

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Reality Check at the Apartheid Museum  Historically fascinating, technologically innovative, sensitively curated and a totally immersive experience – this is Reality Check, a little jewel of an exhibition currently showing at the Apartheid Museum until late March 2020.  Reality Check is an exhibition on Walter Sisulu which includes an animated virtual reality film based on […]

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Dialogue, education and memory: the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

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Every part of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre speaks to deep discomfort and immeasurable horror but yet the building and the curatorial decisions display sensitivity, intimacy, reflection and contemplation.  A quote at the end of the exhibition space sums up the aim of this primarily educational institution: I have told you this story not […]

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