Assemblage is pleased to present a curated group exhibition at TAF’14 titled ‘Fresh Produce’. The exhibition will showcase emerging artists who are producing engaging and excellent work at TAF’14 between 17 - 20 July 2014.
The exhibition uses the Turbine Hall and Newtown as its starting point. Works that have been produced for the show respond in some way to the following series of quotes about the history of the area:
‘The explosion is said to have destroyed 1 500 houses in the former ‘slum areas’,... locations in the Burghersdorp Brickfields (roughly in the area of Fordsburg and Newtown) and in the ‘Malay’ location in Vrededorp (Fietas). The explosives were rumoured to be intended for the Jameson Raid. Left homeless, people re-organised their lives and moved into the neighbouring slums, ‘creating considerably more racial intermingling than the boundaries on formal maps’ Keith Beavon, 2004, Johannesburg: The making and Shaping of the City, 75. Footnote from not no place p150
‘Newtown gradually became home to the town’s fresh produce and livestock markets, relocated from the original Market Square in 1913’ The Joburg Book, Nechama Brodie, p.133
‘Much of our vocabulary draws on work on the African metropolis which describes the ‘interplay between what is “visible” and what is “invisible”, between appearance and disappearance’ and between surface and depth.’ Not no place, Dorethee Kreutzfeld and Bettina Malcolmess, pg14
The conversations that develop between the works speak broadly to the history of the area but also to our identity as South Africans and our ongoing struggles with understanding the urban versus rural spaces that so many of us exist between.
Adelheid Von Maltitz, Allen Laing, Anastasia Pather, Angus MacKinnon, Anthea Pokroy, Audrey Anderson, Bronwen Salton, Carly Whitaker, Dot Vermeulen, Ferdinand Kidd, Jessica Foli, Katrine Claassens, Kwanele Mboso, Leandre Le Roux, Lungile Zuma, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Maria van Rooyen, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Mirella Bandini, Nathan Jansen Van Vuuren, Nellien Brewer, Oliver Mayhew, Pebofatso Mokoena, Pierre le Riche, Portia Dube, Ross Passmoor, Sakhile Gumbi, Sandile Radebe, Setlamorago Mashilo, Shenaz Mahomed, Similo Hlatshwayo, Suzy Bernstein, Tabita Rezaire, Tawanda Mufambi, Yael Feldman
This project is supported by Rand Merchant Bank
TAF’14 - Turbine Art Fair aims to provide annual platforms to emerging artists and galleries to showcase their work to a new young, sophisticated Afropolitan audience with the ultimate goal of educating and enriching lives and making art accessible. The Turbine Art Fair 2014 will be held 18 - 20 July 2014. www.turbineartfair.co.za. A proud production of the forum company, the go-to company in Johannesburg for up-market, stylish and sophisticated events. Defined by Art | style | fine food.