Assemblage Projects in partnership with The African Arts Trust

Assemblage is proud to announce the successful projects/exhibitions who have been awarded the opportunity to exhibit in partnership with the organisation at its project space. This initiative is made possible under the auspices of The African Arts Trust grant funding towards the materialisation of projects/exhibitions at Assemblage’s project space for the last quarter of 2017 and first half of the 2018 calendar year.


About The African Arts Trust


The African Arts Trust is a charitable trust set up to support visual artists by the collector and philanthropist, Robert Devereux, following the successful fundraising auction of his private collection of post-war British art at Sothebys, London in 2010.

The trust is based on years of frequent travel to Africa and the recognition that there is a wealth of talented visual artists whose opportunities are stifled by the lack of resources available locally in the visual arts sector.

The charity is run by the following trustees, Robert Devereux, Founder and Director, Hamish Dewar, Director of Hamish Dewar Conservation Ltd, Robin Woodhead, Chairman of Sotheby's International and administered by Danda Jaroljmek, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi.


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The full list of successful projects and artists is as follows:


Ubulungiswa/Justice Collaboration Project
This collaborative artwork was created in response to the removal of the Cecil
John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town, the #RhodesMustFall and
Open Stellenbosch campaigns, combined with the re-eruption of xenophobic
attacks and the proliferation of racially fueled discourse in South Africa. The work
is a collaboration between twenty-two artists from different disciplines including;
research, performance, costume design, music, sound, film, photography, design
and installation. Rags Media Collective (2011) suggest that when artists
collaborate, their actions are usually seen as instances of trust, as either leaps of
faith across the gulf of individual aloofness, or as betrayals of their fidelity to the
cult of the solitary genius.

Collaborators include: Anwar McWhite, Clinton Osbourn, Damien Schumann,
Damien Morrison, Deborah Weber, Elgin Rust, Eric Menyo, Gina Waldman, Jolene
Cartmill, Kwanele Dyasi, Loyiso Botha, Lazola Sikhutshwa, Luntu Vumazonke, Luvo
Mjayezi, Maileshi Setti, Mandisile Keva, Margaret Stone, Michelle Liao, Nikki
Froneman, Roxanne Dalton, Vuyolwethu Adams, Vuyokazi Magobiyane, Xolisa

No walk in the park:A group exhibition

featuring Amber-Jade Geldenhuys, Eduard Bruwer and Sally Rumball.


The group comprises of a clothing designer and two fine artists. All three have prior experience in the film and television industry, and so their presentation demonstrates a collective understanding of active art in a 3-dimensional space, as well as engagement with the viewer.


The title of this proposal 'No Walk in the Park', alludes to the difficulty in doing something that is usually very easy and pleasant - a symptom so often shared by creative, reflective humans. The very nature of an art exhibition involves preparation, research, communication, action and completion - all too often overwhelming and stressful - and so the process of this collection feeds the concept. Mental upheaval can be initiated through our genetic, biological and psychological make-up and/or due to a conflicting environment or incident, and can manifest as anxiety, depression, disorders and addictions. As artists, we turn to creating objects with our hands and brains, as an outlet for stifled sadness, rage, joy and pride, which is in turn replenished by our receptive and curious nature as sensitive beings.


Architectus Konstruksie by Chrisel van der Merwe


“Architectus Konstruksie” is a solo exhibition by Chrisel van der Merwe. The exhibition will feature a collection of prints, videos and a construction installation. Architectus Konstruksie is an exhibition that plays on the notion of construction, the documentation of creation of the city, and the capturing of moments, memories and history.


Let's Go 50/50 an exhibition by Bumba and Andre


The duo work with a plethora of media, with a focus on performance art. Bumba & Andre are black and white, male and female, and thus their artistic concerns expand to encompass the phenomenon of dichotomy and duality. Their work is broad and dynamic, pushing the physical and conceptual limitations of each medium they work with. Bumba & Andre’s work straddles the line between humour and quirk, and the arduous and solemn reality of the topics they deal with; always sprinkling in the “lighter side” in a tongue-in-cheek manner. The duo is interested in and explores the concepts of: love and romance, heritage and race, gender and sexuality, history and histories, the primitive, language, play, psychology, the abject, and neo-fantasy. The mixed-race, mixed heritage duo adopts neo-fantasy as the playground to scrutinise the human condition, and its varied interpersonal relationships that form and shape identity and personality; without the limitations of “accurate” historical representation. Their fantastical world is constructed around the alternative, the hypothetical and the impossible; informed by the subjective experience of the [each] other.


Process work and exhibitions by Janet Watson and Ashleigh Christelis

Janet Watson

The proposal is for a series of six large format textile artworks to completed over a period of two weeks, making use of the Assemblage Project Space. The artworks make reference to processes of degeneration and rebuilding in Johannesburg, with a particular focus on the area in which Assemblage is located: Ferreirasdorp, Newtown and Fordsburg.


Bandage by Ashleigh Christelis

Her work resembles bandaged forms, that which is healing or needing to be healed. She’s drawn to this technique as she finds herself in need of healing on a certain level. “I live with Bipolar disorder and Rheumatoid arthritis in my hands… both of which are invisible diseases so the bandages are almost a metaphor for what i cannot do for my wounds.  I also believe that there are so many wounded people walking the streets of our world that are unable or not willing to heal.”


Ukuma/The Wait

A group show curated by Marguerite (Visser) Sanders & Phumzile Twala

Alex Msibi, Althea Nzima, Mashudu Nevhutalu, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Marguerite Sanders, Mncedi Madolo, Lindo Zwane, Thato Nhlapo, Mojaki Lebatla.


A solo show by Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa

My art practice is focussed on the subjective experience(s) of physical space. I am particularly interested in spacial voids and other worldly spaces, places that are often de-personal, hostile, infinite and yet also uncanny and transcendental.


My interests in voids/ emptiness and other worldly spaces come from an intrigue at how a subject’s psyche and the ideas of “self” are transformed through an encounter with an external stimulus. A space that is infinite/boundless/ transcendental /void like or mysterious has the ability to affect the viewer’s sense of perception and understanding of “self”. They have the ability to affect psychological, aesthetic and physical (and albeit emotional) relations to space, whilst simultaneously allowing the viewer to imagine themselves within a space that is part reality and part fiction.

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