In Context

About

In Context presents a diverse group of international and South African artists who share a rigorous commitment to the dynamics and tensions of place, in reference to the African continent and its varied and complex iterations, and to South Africa in particular. The works – wide-ranging, frequently provocative – engage with a number of pressing questions about space, context, and geography.

In this gathering of artists – envisioned as a series of conversation and engagements – the question of context is posed once again, but problematised in various ways. The terms ‘local’ and ‘international’ are given new emphasis (especially at this juncture and in the context of one of the largest sporting events on the planet) and the following questions are posed: What does it mean to be a local artist in this age of the global? Do African artists wish to continue speaking of context? How do artists of the African Diaspora reflect on their distance from and proximity to home? Where is home? How have some artists living in Europe and the Americas inherited and absorbed an African heritage or sensibility, even when they have not visited the Continent? Have we reached a point in the story of contemporary art in which the term ‘African artist’ can be dispensed with or do we still require it as a marker of distance from Europe and North America? To what extent does the global art market rely upon or exploit the term to sell art in Europe and North America? Is there thus a distinction to be made between the way in which African artists represent themselves and the ‘Western’ reception of contemporary art from Africa?

Rather than present only artists from the African continent in this project, In Context also considers the works of artists who, though they may have some interest in South Africa, have not visited the country or anywhere else in Africa. Their connection to the continent might be one they have inherited from the history of slavery, or from the displacements of Diaspora and exile. The aim is to generate conversations between works and even to assess the relevance of the questions we have raised in the face of the works themselves. We may find ourselves entirely surprised by the answers. We hope to be provoked, to open engagements that overturn the concerns and themes we have offered, that render them more rather than less problematic, or that dispense with them altogether. We may indeed find that individual practice casts an entirely different light on the question of context.

In Context will take place in a number of non-commercial venues and, through a series of talks, walkabouts, and panel discussions, will promote engagement both with artists and audiences. The partners in this project take seriously the need to begin a number of collaborations that can be sustained beyond the events of In Context. They also seek to reach a wider audience than the usual gallery visitors and to promote appreciation of art through unconventional interventions outside of the traditional gallery space.

Ghada Amer

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Minnette Vári

Thomas Hank Willis

Mikhael Subotzky

Robin Rhode

Thomas Mulcaire

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Jenny Holzer

Reza Farkhondeh

Loris Cecchini

Candice Breitz

KENDELL GEERS

Fatmi Mounir

Willem Boshoff

Bili Bidjocka

Kader Attia

Andrianomearisoa Joel

William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx

Press

WILLEM BOSHOFF BIG DRUID IN HIS CUBICLE

In Context Opens

Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait

In Context at Iziko National Gallery

  • Mosaic Memory of Tongues

    Ghada Amer

    Mosaic Memory of Tongues, 2007

    Embroidery and gel medium on canvas

    182 x 200.7

  • Lady in Pink - RFGA

    Ghada Amer

    Lady in Pink - RFGA, 2008

    Monotype, softground etching, and fabric collage on Rives BFK paper

    104.1 x 104.1 cm

  • Ink Spill

    El Anatsui

    Ink Spill, 2009

    Aluminium bottle tops and copper wire

    239 x 302 cm

  • Très Cher

    Andrianomearisoa Joel

    Très Cher, 2010

    Collage

    500 x 300

  • Archive

    Kader Attia

    Archive, 2010

    Post cards

    800 x 14 x 1

  • Big Druid in His Cubicle

    Willem Boshoff

    Big Druid in His Cubicle , 2009

    Performance

    Variable

  • Forget

    Fatmi Mounir

    Forget, 2009-10

    10 helmets with skulls in ceramic

    Life sized

    Edition of

  • Labirinto e Grande Pozzo

    Michelangelo Pistoletto

    Labirinto e Grande Pozzo, 1969-2008

    Corrugated cardboard and mirror

    Dimensions variable

  • I am not me, the horse is not mine (I am not me, the horse is not mine)

    I am not me, the horse is not mine (I am not me, the horse is not mine),

    DVcam and HDV transferred to DVD

    Edition of 11

  • Pitch Blackness Off Whiteness

    Thomas Hank Willis

    Pitch Blackness Off Whiteness, 2009

    Neon sign

    147 x 83.8 x 15.2 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Ghost Series # 1

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 1, 1994-96

    Chromogenic print

    101.5 x 68.5

  • Ghost Series # 10

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 10, 1994-96

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5

  • Ghost Series # 2

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 2, 1994-96

    Chromogenic print

    101.5 x 68.5

  • Ghost series # 3

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost series # 3, 1994-6

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Ghost Series # 4

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 4, 1994-96

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Ghost Series # 5

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 5, 1994-6

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Ghost Series # 6

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 6, 1994-6

    Chromogenic print

    101.5 x 68.5

  • Ghost Series # 7

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 7, 1994-96

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Ghost Series # 8

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 8 , 1994-96

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Ghost Series # 9

    Candice Breitz

    Ghost Series # 9, 1994 - 96

    Chromogenic print

    68.5 x 101.5 cm

  • Constant

    Thomas Mulcaire

    Constant , 2009

    Fluorescent Tubes

    90 x 90cm

    Edition of 5

  • The Fire Walker

    William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx

    The Fire Walker, 2009

    Painted steel

    370 x 175 x 204

    Edition of 5

  • Free Balling 15

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 15, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Free Balling 11

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 11, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Free Balling 12

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 12, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Free Balling 13

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 13, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Free Balling 14

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 14, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Free Balling 17

    Kendell Geers

    Free Balling 17, 2008

    Ink on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Paper Planes

    Robin Rhode

    Paper Planes, 2009/10

    HD digital animation transferred to Blu-ray disc

    Edition of

  • Inflammatory Essays

    Jenny Holzer

    Inflammatory Essays, 1979-1982

    Offset Poster

    43.1 x 43.1

  • Modern Pieta

    Bili Bidjocka

    Modern Pieta, 2010

    Beads and string

    2.5 x 3 m