Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, is the title of an exhibition that explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces.
The exhibition includes works in diverse media by Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga and local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb.
Also on display are a number of videos of performance pieces by Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Hua Jiming, Qin Ga, Athi-Patra Ruga, Randolph Hartzenberg and Brent Meistre, which embed the action of "making way" in personally, culturally and locally intimate ways.
A time of intense movement and change
The exhibition, curated by Ruth Simbao (Associate Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Rhodes University), seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South.
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China runs at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Joburg, from 30 January to 28 March, 2013. The gallery (Tel: +27 (0)11 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 4.30pm; on Saturdays, 9am to 1pm; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free.
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