Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have been awarded the prestigious International Center of Photography’s 2014 Infinity Award for their publication Holy Bible. The ICP Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1984 to honor excellence in the field of photography, and prizes are awarded in the categories of Art, Fashion, Photojournalism, Publication and Young Photographer. Broomberg & Chanarin’s Holy Bible mimics the structure and content of the King James version, using images from the Archive of Modern Conflict to interrogate visual representations of violence and conflict.
Following a highly successful tour that included the International Center of Photography (New York), Haus der Kunst (Munich), and PAC (Milan), the exhibition The Rise and Fall of Apartheid is coming to Museum Africa in Johannesburg from 13 February to 29 June 2014. The New York Times said of the exhibition: “…the material brought together is rich, its arrangements provocative and its ideas morally probing. In short, it’s really something to see, and I urge you to.” Rise and Fall went on to win the 2012 Lucie Award for Best Photography Exhibition, and the Gold Deutscher Fotobuchpreis for 2014 for the exhibition catalogue. The exhibition features work by Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Thabiso Sekgala and Sue Williamson.
In the Weave, an exhibition of works by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa’s finest and most intriguing artists, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery on 29 January 2014. Curated by Neil Dundas of the Goodman Gallery, In the Weave celebrates Oltmann’s output over the last three decades. It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa. The exhibition runs from 29 January to 29 March 2014.
Nontsikelelo Veleko will take part in Haute Africa, the main exhibition of the Knokke-Heist Fotofestival in Belgium. The exhibition focuses on the work of African photographers exploring the relationship between fashion, self-expression and the post-colonial urban landscape. On view from 30 March to 9 June 2014.
mounir fatmi will take part in the 2014 Fotofest Biennial in Houston, Texas, under the title View From Inside: Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Mixed Media Art. Forty-nine leading contemporary Arab artists living and working in 13 countries have been selected to participate in the principal exhibitions, curated by Karin Adrian von Roques and Wendy Watriss. The biennial takes place from 15 March – April 27 2014.
Alfredo Jaar is currently holding the following solo exhibitions: Alfredo Jaar: Abbi amo amato tanto la rivoluzione, Fondazione Merz, Torino (until 2 February 2014) and Alfredo Jaar, Luci d’Artista, Torino. Jaar is also currently exhibiting on the group exhibitions Nasher XChange, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (until February 16, 2014); Reproductibilitat 1.0, Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain (until 16 March 2014); and Americana, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (1 May 2015).
Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight is the title of an exhibition at the Bowes Museum in Durham, England which for the first time brings together all of Gavin Turk’s neon works to examine the evolution of his practice from 1995 to today. The exhibition runs until 21 April 2014, after which it will travel to the New Art Centre, Roche Court in East Winterslow, Salisbury, and the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool.
Tracey Rose presents her first solo show in Spain at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. The exhibition, titled (x), forms part of the museum’s Fissures program. According to the museum, the show consists of a “video installation and the creation of an energy space from two pieces that blend light, sound and color whose forms and different components connect these elements, enveloping the viewer.” As in her previous works, she is the support and medium through which her pieces are expressed. The exhibition runs from 28 January 2014 to 26 May 2014.
Sue Williamson’s video series Better Lives is featured on an exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Jersey titled Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture. This exhibition, and the forthcoming book co-published with Prestel, explores the changing face of portraiture as a historic and continuing phenomenon from about 1800 to the present in many media, in both two and three dimensions, and as still and moving images. The exhibition runs until July 13, 2014.
LE BAL in Paris presents Ponte City, the epic project by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse focused on the landmark building Ponte City in Johannesburg. Ponte City has been the symbol of prosperity under apartheid and white supremacy, of the collapse of the city center in the 1990s, and finally of the multi-ethnic renewal in this new century: it has witnessed the throes of a never-ending changing society. This exhibition will gather documents (maps, brochures and press clippings) from the utopian time of the erection of the building, images and vernacular texts which have been abandoned by generations of migrants coming from all over Africa, recurring architectural elements of the 40 floors and more intimate, poetic and day-to-day photographs. The exhibition runs from 23 January to 20 April 2014.
Nontsikelelo Veleko’s work is included in the exhibition Africa Now: Fashioning Personhood at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota. Organized to mark the opening of MIA’s newly redesigned African galleries, the exhibition invites visitors to make connections between past and present perspectives found in the art of the African continent and the diaspora. The exhibition is on view until 3 August 2014.
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive brings into dialogue various documents from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century and recent photographic and video work by contemporary artists engaged with photographic archives, to offer new perspectives on the legacy of anthropological and ethnographic visions of Africa. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, is on view at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany until 2015, and features work by Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, and Sue Williamson. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl.
Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America, Fortuna, has been traveling since October 2012. The exhibition explores Kentridge’s diverse modes of expression across a wide range of media, from film and video to drawing, printmaking and sculpture, and will be on show at the Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica in Bogota in April 2014, and at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin from July 2014.
This is not Africa, this is us is an exhibition in three parts, presented by West Den Haag and taking place in three venues in Rotterdam and The Hague, as part of Art Rotterdam 2014. The first installment, at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, is dedicated to Kudzanai Chiurai’s video triptych (Iyeza and Creation, first seen at dOCUMENTA13, and the recently completed Moyo), while the second and third installments will feature photographic works from a related series alongside the work of Simon Gush and Kemang Wa Lehulere. The exhibition runs until 29 March 2014.