Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are winners of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013. The London-based artists won the £30,000 prize, awarded at The Photographers’ Gallery on 10 June 2013, for their critically acclaimed work, War Primer 2. Broomberg and Chanarin’s work physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s 1955 publication War Primer. The original was published in German in 1955 under the title Kriegsfibel. While War Primer was concerned with images of the Second World War, War Primer 2 updates Brecht’s piece with images of the conflict generated by both sides of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. The work will also feature in the New Photography 2013 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in September.
Alfredo Jaar is representing Chile with a major new site-specific installation at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Jaar worked with curator Madeleine Grynsztejn, the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Chile’s participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice is commissioned by the National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) and organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Cultural Affairs Bureau (DIRAC), the Pro Chile Foundation and the Image of Chile Foundation (Fundación Imagen de Chile). The 55th la Biennale di Venezia will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.
Works by David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson & Nelisiwe Xaba are featured on the South African Pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Brenton Maart, the exhibition is titled Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. The exhibition is presented by the National Arts Festival and funded by the Department of Arts & Culture. The 55th la Biennale di Venezia will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.
Siemon Allen has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts for 2013. In its eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
Siemon Allen’s large-scale architectural installation Labels is currently on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, until 31 July 2013.
mounir fatmi has been shortlisted for the 3rd edition of the Jameel Prize, to be exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. Although the shortlist is diverse, all the artists and designers are directly inspired by sources rooted in the Islamic tradition. The works on show will range from Arabic typography and calligraphy to fashion inspired by the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, and from social design and video installation to delicate and precise miniature drawings. The winner of the Jameel Prize 3 will be announced at the V&A on 10 December 2013.
Various Goodman Gallery artists will exhibit on My Joburg at La Maison Rouge in Paris. La Maison Rouge continues the series of exhibitions focusing on the arts scene in major provincial cities. After My Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada), an exhibition presented during the summer 2011, the second of the cities will be Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition forms part of the South Africa Season 2012/2013 in France, in partnership with the Institut Francais. Exhibiting artists include Jodi Bieber, Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Moshekwa Langa, Gerhard Marx, Brett Murray, Sam Nhlengethwa, Tracey Rose, Johannes Segogela, Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse and Sue Williamson. The exhibition runs from 21 June to 22 September 2013.
This House is an exhibition curated by Anthea Buys and Mikhael Subotzky to be presented at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In the show, the works of five artists from South Africa, Burundi, Norway and the United States explore different qualities of structure. The exhibition brings together newly-commissioned works, existing contemporary pieces and one important historical work, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect (1975), in a way that links architectural forms, institutional entities and political systems through their common reliance on methods of spatial and temporal organization. Mikhael Subotzky’s four-channel film Moses and Griffiths (2012) provides a narrative route into the exhibition, as the piece’s two protagonists narrate history through the features of two iconic buildings of which they are the custodians. The exhibition runs from 21 June to 09 September 2013.
Candice Breitz’s solo show Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon) will be presented at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia from 27 July to 05 October 2013. She is currently presenting work on the following group exhibitions: Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (until 23 August 2013); This is Not a Love Song at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona (until 29 September 2013); 1.pers.sing: The Artist’s Body between Self-Portrait and Performance at b-05 Art and Design Center, Montabaur, Germany (until 22 September 2013); Popism: Dave Allen / Candice Breitz / Douglas Gordon at n.b.k / Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (until 26 July 2013); Icastica at the 1st International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Arezzo, Italy (until 01 September 2013); Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany (until 17 May 2015). Upcoming group shows include: Permanent Collection at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (On view as of 24.06.2013); Modern Identities at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (Summer 2013) and David Cronenberg / Transformations at MOCCA / Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (06.09.13 – 29.12.13).
Mikhael Subotzky will take part in an exhibition at Studio La Citta titled Some Views of Africa, curated by Gabi Scardi. Some Views of Africa is a show devoted to artists from various African countries: South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, and Ruanda. From their work emerges a variegated continent, one that is undergoing a vigorous transformation. Other artists include Philip Kwame Apagya, Pieter Hugo, Lawrence Lemaoana and Laura Nsengiyumva. The exhibition runs from 25 May until 31 August 2013.
Light boxes from the series Ponte City by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse will be on view at A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, at the International Center of Photography in New York. The work – which won the Discovery Award at Recontres d’Arles in 2011 – is made up of photographs of every door, window and television set in the notorious Ponte City in Johannesburg. These are brought together in an installation of three towering light boxes measuring 4 meters. The exhibition runs from 17 May to 8 September 2013.
Violence, calamity and the absurdity of war are recorded extensively within The Archive of Modern Conflict, the largest photographic collection of its kind in the world. For their most recent work, Holy Bible, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin mined this archive with philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet in mind: that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe, and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance.
The format of Broomberg and Chanarin’s illustrated Holy Bible mimics both the precise structure and the physical form of the King James Version. By allowing elements of the original text to guide their image selection, the artists explore themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.
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Work by Ghada Amer features on the exhibition Sculptrices at Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, France. The exhibition invites visitors to discover the world of sculpture by women artists and includes 60 artists, with more than 80 works, including twenty installed in the sculpture garden of the Villa Datris. The exhibition runs from 28 April to 11 November 2013.
mounir fatmi is exhibiting on various major international shows in 2013 including Ici, Ailleurs at the Marseille-Provence 2013 European cultural capital (12 January – 7 April 2013) and Le Pont in the Museum of contemporary Art both in Marseille, France (25 May – 20 October 2013). He will also be exhibiting on 25 years of arab creativity at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (05 – 31 March 2013) and on the 5th Auckland Triennial in New Zealand (10 May – 11 August 2013). Later in the year fatmi will be exhibiting at the Bahrain National Museum and in Bodies Speaking Out: New International Ceramics at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
The Slave Lodge, part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, is currently exhibiting Siemon Allen’s Labels, a large-scale architectural installation. Displayed in the museum’s Music Room, the work features 5000 photographs of record labels inserted into a suspended clear plastic curtain. The installation has been configured to converse with part of the museum’s collection of historical artifacts, in this case two vintage grand pianos, two clocks and an antique gramophone. The exhibition runs from 12 January to 31 July 2013.
William Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America has been travelling since October 2012. The retrospective is currently on at Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) in Rio de Janeiro until 17 February 2013. It will then travel to Fundação Iberê Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre from 07 March 2013 – June 2013 and then Pinacoteca Do Estado De São Paulo, São Paulo from 28 August 2013 – 17 November 2013.