GOODMAN GALLERY CAPE TOWN 20 SEPTEMBER – 25 OCTOBER 2014
Ishola Akpo | Neïl Beloufa | Marco Chiandetti | Nolan Dennis | Zina Saro-Wiwa | Bogosi Sekhukhuni | Saya Woolfalk | Gavin Wynford
[Working Title] is an annual group exhibition hosted by Goodman Gallery, as part of its continuing efforts to support young and independent artists and curators. The exhibition acts as a platform for project-based works by emerging artists not currently represented by the gallery. The aim is to create a space for dialogue between artists working in a variety of modes and media, to catch a glimpse of current artistic practice in South Africa and elsewhere.
Nolan Oswald Dennis (b. 1988, Zambia) is a para-disciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South
Africa. Their practice explores what they call ‘a black consciousness of space’: the material and
metaphysical conditions of decolonization.
Dennis’ work questions the politics of space (and time) through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach. They are concerned with the hidden structures that pre-determine the limits of our social and political imagination. Through a language of diagrams, drawings and models they explore a hidden landscape of systematic and structural conditions that organise our political sub-terrain. This sub-space is framed by systems which transverse multiple realms (technical, spiritual economic, psychological, etc) and therefore Dennis’ work can be seen as an attempt to stitch these, sometime opposed, sometimes complimentary, systems together. To read technological systems alongside spiritual systems, to combine political fictions with science fiction.
Dennis’ is the 2016 winner of the FNB Arts Prize, and has exhibited in various solo and group shows, including the 9th Berlin Biennale (2016), the Young Congo Biennale (2019), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Architekturmuseum der TU München, Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and ARoS Aarhus (Denmark). They were the 2020 artist in residence at NTUCCA (Singapore) and the 2021 artist in residence at the Delfina Foundation (London).
Dennis’ work is currently featured at the Liverpool Biennale with their installation, ‘no conciliation is possible (working diagram)’ as well as Kunsthalle Bern and Van Abbe Museum. Dennis will participate in the upcoming 12th edition of the Seoul Mediacity Biennale as well as the ‘back wall project’ at the Kunsthalle Basel.Download full CV