Reinventing Materiality’ & ‘Afro Pop’ Group Exhibitions


Afro Pop

The Melrose Gallery is pleased to present ‘Afro Pop’ a group exhibition inspired by popular culture in Africa. Pop Art is currently experiencing a global revival and the Continent of Africa is taking advantage of this renewed focus and opportunity to present our social commentary in our own unique way.

‘Afro Pop’ showcases works by Esther Mahlangu, Faatimah Mohamed-Luke, Aza Mansongi, Bastiaan van Stenis, Richard Mason, Gavin Rain, Vusi Beauchamp and Vusi Khumalo. The exhibition explores how these artists have been influenced and directed by local sociopolitical landscapes and narratives, media, technology, fashion and popular consumerism. ‘Afro Pop’ is an intimate collection of bold works by well-respected names and new contemporaries producing influential and important works with particular reference to popular culture in our continent.

Local galleries continue to promote and celebrate the visual language of anarchy of the pop and urban artist, ‘Afro Pop’ provides a marginal but noticeable view into the growing movements within the continent of Africa. The exhibition is on view to the public from 05 – 14 October. There will be no opening reception for the exhibition.

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Reinventing Materiality

Reinventing Materiality is a group exhibition opening at The Melrose Gallery which explores how many successful contemporary artists exploit limitations and extend beyond known conceptual territories in order to heighten the relationship between the viewer and the art object.

Participating artists include: Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Gideon Appah (Ghana), Lee-at Meyerov (SA), Lizette Chirrime (Mozambique), Ndabuko Ntuli, (SA) Restone Maambo (Zambia), Keiskamma Trust (SA), Vivien Kohler (SA), Alishia Strydom (SA), Vanessa Berlein (SA), Modisa Motsomi (Botswana) and Kenny Nkosi (SA).

Reinventing Materiality co-indices with the launch of Johannesburg Fashion Week which shall be hosted at The Melrose Gallery. Joburg Fashion Week brings together leaders in the local fashion industry and celebrates new explorations in design and fashion.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 04 October 2018 at 18h30


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