Since it was established in Johannesburg in 1966, Goodman Gallery has been championing contemporary artists who strive to shift perspectives and bring about societal change through their work. As one of the most distinguished and long-standing art galleries in South Africa, they’re keenly suited to identifying emerging talent. Here, the experts at Goodman Gallery outline five of the artists on their radar right now.
Machona’s work has focused on issues of xenophobia and migration, specifically within the context of Africa and its relationship with the West. In his recent body of work, he makes use of decommissioned forms of currency and transforms them into sculptural forms of various flora, making commentary on the materiality of money.
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Dennis engages the urgent re-emergence of anticolonial and anti-apartheid discourse, looking at specific objects, infrastructures and texts to explore new ways of mapping this critical moment. Winner of the FNB Art Prize 2016, his installation reimagined the South African flag in various new forms.
Gunn-Salie’s multidisciplinary practice uses a variety of media, bringing attention to forms of collaboration in contemporary art based on dialogue and exchange. Gunn-Salie places an emphasis on past tensions and the complexities of cultural, oral histories.
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Amanze uses drawing, photography and mixed media to explore ideas of free play as an act of revolution and resistance. On her environment, she poses the question that if space is a construct, both in the drawing world and as it relates to geography, then in some ways it is also malleable.
Rezaire is one of the most important new media artists on the radar today. Looking at digital, cultural and political means of resistance and media activism on the internet, Rezaire produces socially engaged gestures that aim to challenge the representation of African bodies and cultures through online practices.
See inside the home of Goodman Gallery’s Elisabeth Callinicos in the March 2017 issue of House and Leisure.