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Zanele Muholi at New Art Exchange

ZANELE MUHOLI: SOMNYAMA NGONYAMA, HAIL THE DARK LIONESS In this touring exhibition by Autograph ABP, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi presents their ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning Hail, the Dark Lioness in isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages in South Africa). The exhibition comprises more than 75 photographs with Muholi using their body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive. “I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged ‘other’. My reality is that I do not mimic being black; it is my skin, and the experience of being black is deeply entrenched in me. Just like our ancestors, we live as black people 365 days a year, and we should speak without fear.” Zanele Muholi Taken primarily between 2014 and 2017, each portrait in Somnyama Ngonyama poses critical questions about social justice, human rights and contested representations of the black body. Muholi’s self-reflective and psychologically charged portraits are unapologetic in their artistry as they explore different archetypes / personae and offer visual reflections …

Newsletter: October 2017

  EXHIBITION: SOUNDS LIKE HER This month, New Art Exchange, Nottingham launches Sounds Like Her, a new sound art exhibition featuring works by Ain Bailey, Sonia Boyce, Linda O’Keeffe, Elsa M’bala, Madeleine Mbida, Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Christine Sun Kim. Curated by Christine Eyene with Melanie Kidd, Director of Programmes at NAE, the exhibition proposes to challenge the patriarchal and Eurocentric frameworks that have informed the history of sound art and continue to impact contemporary practice. Sounds Like Her opens on Friday 13 October, 6.00 – 9.00 pm with a DJ set by Aïcha, with sounds by Black British musicians inspired by Sonia Boyce’s Devotional series. Gallery tour with Christine Eyene on Saturday 14 October 1.00-2.00 pm with some of the artists including Elsa M’bala and Magda Stawarska-Beavan. Free events open to all. Click to book your ticket for the exhibition launch (13 Oct) and gallery tour (14 Oct).   CONFERENCE: PARA SITE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Para Site is hosting the 2017 edition of its International Conference, a major three-day gathering of practitioners from around the world …

UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time

Exhibiting artists: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Barby Asante, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Phoebe Boswell, Kimathi Donkor, Evan Ifekoya, Cedar Lewisohn, Harold Offeh, Ima-Abasi Okon, NT, Barbara Walker UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time is a major new touring exhibition produced by New Art Exchange, curated in collaboration with NAE by Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon. The show adopts a progressive stance on exhibition-making to allow new ways of thinking about art by African diaspora artists to emerge. In a bold move, fixed curatorial themes have been stripped out to create a stimulating space where artworks can be experienced more openly, and where the interplay between the artists’ practices can be observed. As the exhibition curators state, “This is not a show ‘about’ a coherent movement – instead it presents works by British African diaspora artists outside of the usual framing”. UNTITLED displays a ‘snapshot’ of art today by mapping a variety of practice and medium, including conversational, participatory practice and the use of online gaming technology; to painting, drawing, performance, film, printmaking and bookbinding. …