Anthill, Gallery Fanon, The Project Space (TPS) and Eden poolside restaurant will be opening to the public on Heritage Day, 24 September 2020.
We are pleased to invite you to attend and view a solo exhibition 'The Mirror Has Two Faces' comprising of paintings, mixed media, and sculptural works by Sifiso Mkhabela in the Main Gallery.
In our foyer area, we will be opening a group exhibition of varied Contemporaries who are all valuable and instrumental to Johannesburg's cultural fabric.
Our Curated Film segment for Heritage Day is hosted by Bantu Scope. We will be hosting a free screening of 'Concerning Violence' which is a 2014 documentary written and directed by Göran Olsson, narrated by Lauryn Hill. The film is based off Frantz Fanon's influential essay 'Concerning Violence' which was featured in his pioneering book The Wretched of The Earth.
The Project Space will be opening their premises in the building, supporting Pan African Womxn Artist's Development and Projects from across the Continent and the Diaspora. The Project Space will open with ' A Human Experience', a group exhibition featuring: Muofhe Manavhela (South Africa) / Michelle Okpare (Nigeria) / Vanessa Tembane (South Africa) / Anushka Kempken (South Africa) / Adulphina Imuede (Nigeria) / Cinthia Sifa (South Africa) / Mel Madiba (South Africa) / Jo Roets (South Africa) & Addilah Kahn (South Africa).
Anthill will be open 10h00 - 18h00
Heritage Day, 24 September 2020
281 Commissioner Street
RSVP is essential:
Social distancing guidelines apply as government regulations*
Sifiso Mkhabela’s latest body of work is an ongoing exploration of figurative paintings, mixed media works and drawings that imitate and document the process of Ukugcatjwa – a traditional ceremony of mark-making through incisions and initiation. The narrative lends itself as an expression of the culture shock Mkhabela experienced as a result of having to participate in the right of passage when he met his Mozambican family for the first time.
The ceremonial process of Ukugcatjwa is normally performed by a healer or a Sangoma, who makes two incisions on the skin with a razor blade laced with a black powdered mixture of medicine. Similarly, Mkhabela‘s drawings have a texture that is similar to the scars one receives as a result of the ceremonial practice. The markings are black as an expression of the culture shock and are used as a visual metaphor for the Artist’s experience of cultural displacement. The female figures that Sifiso incorporates in the works represent the “unknown” and “faceless” female healer that performed his ceremony. Movement conveyed in the figures and their relation to one another symbolise his journey and cultural initiation as a Mozambican located within South Africa.
The Inaugural exhibition, Gallery Fanon and Anthill will open to the public on Heritage Day , Thursday 24 September 2020 from 10:00 – 18:00.
The exhibition runs from 25 September to 25 October 2020.
Kindly RSVP your attendance, all are welcome and entrance is free.
Social distancing guidelines apply.
Gallery Fanon, Anthill, 281 Commissioner Street Maboneng, 2043, Johannesburg.
Xivoni xi komba swi kandza swo hambana:
Ku anakanya na kambe matimba ya ndhavuko
Ntirho lowuntshwa wa Sifiso Mkhabela wa swifaniso swo dirowiwa no pendiwa ari kari a tirhisa swo hambana-hambana ku endla ntirho lowu, wu nghenelela ngopfu eku hlumusela maendlelo ya ku tlhaveriwa(Ukugcatjwa) – Kunga kona kunga tsemeleriwaka hi xi rezani hi na’nga.
Ndlela leyi anga hundza ka yona hikwalaho ka lava ku tiva ndhavuko wa yena yi endlile Mkhabela ava na ku chava hikuva hile swintswa ka yena na kambe hi yona ndlela leyi thirhisiwaka laha anga thlaveriwaka kuya hi laha anga kunga kona na ndyangu wa ka vona wale Mozambique.
Ntirho lowu wa ku thlaveriwa(Ukugcatjwa) wu endliwa hi na’nga laha yi tsemaka switsongo-ntsongo ka mbirhi-mbiri emirini hi ndlela leyi faneleke a thlela a chela mapa ya ntima ya murhi wa xintu. Ntirho wa Mkhabela wa swifaniso wu na matsalwa ya fanaka na la ya ndliwaka loko u tsemiwile hi xirezani eku tlhaveriweni(Ukugcatjwa).
Swivati swa ntima swi yimeli ndlela leyi anga hundza eka yona hikuva a lava ku tiva ndhavuko wa yena. Mhani lava vonakaka ka ntirho wa Sifiso i na’nga leyi nga fambisa ntirho wa ku thusiwa (Ukugcatjwa) wa Mkhabela. Ku cina loku ku vonakaka ka swifaniso ku yimela ndlela leyi a yi fambeke hiku lava ku tiva Ndhavuko wa yena wa le Mozambique a ri kharhi a tshama eAfrica-Dzonga.