Exhibitions on at Iziko SA National Gallery

when dust settles
"When Dust Settles" - image courtesy of Blank Projects and Igshaan Adams

“When Dust Settles” – exhibition of Standard Bank Young Artist 2018 winner Igshaan Adams - to 27 January 2019

For this exhibition, Adams presents an eclectic and multi-sensory, large-scale installation, bringing together aspects of sculpture, textiles, found objects, furniture and performance to create an immersive environment.

The title “When Dust Settles” refers to both the retrospective nature of the exhibition as well as the process of gaining perspective over time. The installation revisits the conceptual themes in Adams’ earlier works, of hybrid identity and liminality, particularly in relation to race, religion and sexuality, as well as his artistic processes and materials. It also encompasses Adams’ more recent artistic exploration of personal histories and lived experiences as inscribed onto the materials of our daily lives. The used vinyl flooring in the installation, with their dirt, wear, and marks can be interpreted as a manifestation of our interior lives. Sourced from houses in low-income areas including Bonteheuwel where Adams was born and raised, these floorings speak of Adams’ own childhood as well as the political history of Cape Town. 
not the usual suspects
"Not the Usual Suspects" - image courtesy of W. Sze

“Not the Usual Suspects” – an exhibition of works by photographers of Market Photo Workshop – to April 2019

The Market Photo Workshop is a photography training institution founded by the late David Goldblatt in 1989, in Johannesburg. It has played a pivotal role in ensuring that visual literacy and photography training reaches neglected and marginalised parts of South Africa’s society. It has graduated alumni such as Zanele Muholi, Jodi Bieber, Lebohang Kganye amongst many others who have gone on to fame and or an enriched career.

The exhibition is a survey of sorts with works drawn from learners through professional photographers who have taught and mentored there. In this way “Not the Usual Suspects” seeks to engage contemporary debates about access and visibility, (visual) histories and markets, and the curriculum.