Love Is…

Group Show

23 February - 31 March 2019

curated by Sihle Motsa


An Exhibition at the BKhz Studio

In “Freedom and Love”, Keguro Macharia maps for us the trajectory of state politics and how language used in daily conversation reinforces particular assumptions about a state. Political vernaculars are, according to Macharia:

words, phrases and expressions that announce a conversation about politics: they are vocabularies that assemble something as experienced as the political and gather different groups around something marked as the political... they create possibilities for different ways of coming together- from short lived experiments to long-term institution building- and they also impede how we form ourselves as we-formations, across the past, the present, the future and all the in-between times marked by slow violence and prolonged dying.

He offers freedom and love as political vernaculars.

The show ‘Love is ...’ is premised on the possibilities that may emerge from thinking of love beyond the constricts of romance. An open-ended statement that encourages us to thinking of love as liberatory, as a common language whose use in our daily dealings with one another has the potential to facilitate an understanding that transcends difference.

The exhibition, hosted at the BKhz Studio in Braamfontein, a space that operates as a gallery and studio resonates with this call to re-imagine the frontiers of love through artistic practice. We invited artists to submit works that speak to the politics of love in a globalized world. Works that engage what they make of love and a politics of love that may take the form of self-love, sisterly-solidarity, compassion, activism, as well as any and all iterations that call us to understand and use love to establish cross-cultural and transnational links that facilitate new ways of being.

The show will be a group show featuring the works of mostly black womxn living and working in Africa and the Diaspora. It will open with a conversation on the concept of love and freedom in contemporary art practice facilitated by art practitioners who engage the discursive terrain of love in the arts.


Boipelo Khunou, Bontle Ba tlago I

90cm x 60cm

2018

R6 500 unframed

Boipelo Khunou, Bontle Ba tlago II

90cm x 60cm

2018

R6 500 unframed

Anne Gollifer, Eclipse

100 x 131cm

2019

R15 000 Unframed

Ann Gollifer, Mitochondrial Eve

122 X 82 cm

2019

R15 000 Unframed

Ann Gollifer, Road Trip

59cm X 52 cm

2019

R9 000 Unframed

Ann Gollifer, Someone Like you

115 X 93 cm

2018

R18 000 Unframed

Ann Gollifer, I'm a Rainbow Too

A3

2018

Price On Request

Unframed

Ann Gollifer, I'm a Rainbow

120 X 120 cm

2018

R18 000 Unframed

Artist: Buhlebezwe Siwani, Mhlekazi

Video

Edition of 5

2015

R 39 615

Thenjiwe Nkosi, Fallen Hero

61 X 77 cm

2012

Not for Sale