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la maison rouge opens My Joburg exhibition

la maison rouge presents My Joburg an exhibition on view 20 June–22 September 2013.

Jodi Bieber, Orlando West Swimming Pool, Orlando West, Soweto, 2009. © Goodman Gallery Johannesburg.
Jodi Bieber, Orlando West Swimming Pool, Orlando West, Soweto, 2009. © Goodman Gallery Johannesburg.
In June 2011, la maison rouge launched a series of exhibitions focusing on the art scenes of cities said—erroneously—to be “peripheral” on the map of the art world, beginning with Winnipeg. The idea is to depict a particular city through the works and perspective of the artists associated with it. This summer, we have decided to feature Johannesburg and give our audience a glimpse of its dynamic, singular art scene. Also known as Joburg or Jozi, Johannesburg is a megapolis with a population of more than 6 million people. It is heterogeneous, composed of trendy areas, residential neighborhoods, townships…a productive artistic community has developed there, with a number of photographers as well as painters, sculptors, performing artists and video artists.

This exhibition looks at the art scene in a city where history has been on the march since the abolition of apartheid and the first democratic elections in 1994. Irrespective of their age (22 to 87), social origin, educational background or skin color, these artists document history, bear witness or take up an activist’s stance in a city of ongoing physical and intellectual effervescence. They grapple with issues of identity and power, revisit traditions and explore pop culture and history. They portray the city as a cosmopolitan metropolis, a place conducive to encounters and a source of poetry and imagination. By presenting this selection of artists, la maison rouge would like to give its visitors a taste of the creativity and energy typical of the arts in Joburg today and the place that they occupy on the contemporary art scene. One room has been set aside for a personal project by the artists Bettina Malcomess and Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, inspired by their book NOT NO PLACE. Another room contains works by very young photographers who had trained at the Market Photo Workshop, a school established in 1989 by David Goldblatt.

Jane Alexander, Wayne Barker, Jodi Bieber, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Willem Boshoff, Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, Steven Cohen, Delphine DeBlic, Paul Emmanuel, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Donna Kukama, Moshekwa Langa, Lawrence Lemaoana, Winston Luthuli, Zen Marie, Gerhardt Marx, Titus Matiyane, Sabelo Mlangeni, Nandipha Mntambo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Brett Murray, Marcus Neustetter, Sam Nhlengethwa, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Jo Ractliffe, Robin Rhode, Tracey Rose, Johannes Segogela, Mary Sibande, Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu, Kemang Wa Lehurele, Sue Williamson, Billie Zangewa

Artists from the Market Photo Workshop:
Akona Kenqu, Mack Magagane, Thabiso Sekgala, Musa Nxumalo, Chris Stamatiou, Matthew Kay, Jerry Gaegane, Lebohang Kganye, Dahlia Maubane, Romaen Tiffin, Madoda Mkhobeni

Curators: Paula Aisemberg and Antoine de Galbert

On the occasion of the South Africa-France Cultural Seasons 2012 & 2013

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