The UJ Art Gallery hosts “Continuing Conversations”, an exhibition of portraits from the permanent collection of MTN and the University of Johannesburg, as well as selected portraits from MTN and UJ’s joint Emerging Artists Portrait Development Programme.
The exhibition is curated by Niel Nortje, manager of the MTN Art Collection, and Annali Dempsey, curator of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Art Collection. Following last year’s “Shifting Conversations” exhibition, which engaged with works of colonial and post-colonial narratives, the curatorial focus in “Continuing Conversations” is on portraits depicting concepts of power, the juxtaposition of power and powerlessness, identity and body politics, perceptions of the other and the exotic, memory, and the masks people wear.
Works included in this exhibition are by artists such as Gerard Bhengu, Reshada Crouse, Wilma Cruise, Phillemon Hlungwani, Maggie Laubser, Judith Mason, George Pemba, Cecil Skotnes, Irma Stern and Edoardo Villa. About 40 works have been selected from across the UJ collection, consisting of 1 500 artworks in total; and the MTN collection, consisting of 1 400 artworks.
Venue: UJ Art Gallery, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg, Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park
Time: 17 Oct 6.30pm for 7pm | Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm