Hasan & Husain Essop


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Hasan & Husain Essop Launch SBYA Show

Recipients of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts Hasan & Husain Essop present a new body of work titled Unrest at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this July. The exhibition addresses the notion of global unrest through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, and features the twins’ characteristic large-scale photographic prints, as well as sculptural installations and video works. The exhibition is currently running at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, and will then travel to Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

The Essop Brothers in Cape Town

Hasan and Husein Essop, recipients of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2014, exhibit their collaborative photographic series Unrest at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 21 January 2015. The series highlights a multi-cultural clash between religion and popular culture. According to the exhibition statement, “Each photograph reflects the twins in a battle of moral, religious and cultural conflict. Two dominant personalities appear, East and West, with all their stereotypes, and environments are chosen as stages on which to perform and define their behaviours.” The exhibition is an official Art Week Cape Town 2014 event.

Various Artists At Standard Bank Gallery

From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. The exhibition, which opened to the public 25 June 2014, features work by Candice Breitz, Willem Boshoff, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Walter Oltmann, Mikhael Subotzky, Minnette Vári and Diane Victor amongst others. From 19th century oil paintings to 21st century video installations, the exhibition raises many interesting questions about how and why people make portraits of themselves and others, and how the reasons for this have changed over time. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2014.

Various artists on Figures & Fictions at the V&A

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London featured works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today, including Goodman Gallery artists Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Mikhael Subotzky and Nontsikelelo Veleko. The exhibition presented the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works that were on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics. The photographs depict people within their individual, family and community lives, practicing religious customs, observing social rituals, wearing street fashion or existing on the fringes of society. All the photographers question what it is to be human at this time in South Africa.

The exhibition ran from 12 April to 17 July 2011.

Click Here to view the video From Black and White to Full Colour: a curator’s journey in which curator of Figures & Fictions, Tamar Garb, reflects on her Cape Town upbringing and the forthcoming show.

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Press for Hasan & Husain Essop

Hasan & Husain Essop / Mail & Guardian / South Africa / 9 December 2014

Essop brothers' exhibit probes stereotypes, violence and anonymity By Athi Mongezeleli Joja (285.8 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / Artslink.co.za / South Africa / 11 November 2014

Standard Bank Young Artist Exhibition at Iziko By Iziko Museums of South Africa (410.7 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / Tonight / South Africa / 8 July 2014

Visual Journey of Creative Landmarks by Steyn du Toit (181.8 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / Rendez-Vous 13 / 10 September - 10 November 2013

Hasan & Husain Essop by Rendez-Vous (324.8 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / Bussines Day Live / Johannesburg / 24 October 2013

Seeing double as visual artists allow education to inform art by Chris Thurman (243.4 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 28 March - 4 April 2013

Interrogating the lingering by Sean O'Toole (593.5 KB)

Dak'Art 2010 / Nafas Art Magazine / May 2010

Dak'Art 2010: Looking back, facing forward? by J. Bouwhuis & K. Winking (217.8 KB)

Dak'Art 2010 / Dominical / May 2010

Descubriendo el arte Africano by Manuel López-Ligero (575 KB)

Hasan & Husain Essop / ENJN / March/April 2010

Doing it ourselves by Sean O'Toole (6.2 MB)
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