“Axis Gallery made New York history by integrating African art, old and new, into the fabric of the contemporary Chelsea gallery scene.” – Holland Cotter
Gosette Lubondo & Sammy Baloji — in Paris.
GOSETTE LUBONDO & SAMMY BALOJI, feature in Who is gazing / À toi appartient le regard et (…) la liaison infinie enters les choses, feature at Musée du quai Branly, JAQUES CHIRAC, Paris, France. June 30 – Nov 1, 2020.
Gosette Lubondo — one of 10 to watch.
GOSETTE LUBONDO is featured as one of 10 African photographers to watch in 2020 by Drew Thompson, Africana studies Director at Bard College and Africa is a Country contributor. Read his article in PHMusum to learn more about the selected artists and their practice.
Gideon Mendel featured in The Guardian
GIDEON MENDEL captures the strangeness of social distancing during coronavirus lockdown in his new photography project, 2METRES: Mask Portraits on Ridley Road, created for the COVID-19 Visual Project. To see the full spread, please visit The Guardian website.
Gideon Mendel reviewed in The Seen
Ryan Filchak of The Seen reviews The World to Come, a group exhibition at the DePaul Museum of Art including SAMMY BALOJI and GIDEON MENDEL. Describing the exhibition as “timely,” Filchak notes that Mendel’s Drowning World “invokes the requisite history of black culture and aesthetics often overlooked in the discourse of the Anthropocene.”
Phyllis Galembo profiled in Arts Summary
Although temporarily closed due to COVID-19, PHYLLIS GALEMBO’s Boca Raton Museum of Art exhibition can still be experienced and enjoyed online. Lidia Ferrara of Arts Summary notes, “As a new wave of mask-making creativity takes hold, Boca Raton Museum of Art education team has created new digital pathways for the public to enjoy online. These include mask-related online activities for families who are still at home, and video gallery tours for all ages.
Sammy Baloji at Palais Tokyo
As part of Notre monde brûle, curated by Abdellah Karoum, Sammy Baloji presents the work Untitled (2018). The exhibition, on view at Palais de Tokyo until September 2020, addresses three interwoven phenomena: the ecological crisis, the successive sociopolitical crises facing our world today and a crisis of history, where traditional narratives are being dismantled and supplanted.
Gosette Lubondo shortlisted for Cap Prize
GOSETTE LUBONDO’s series, ‘Talangai’ (2017), was selected as one of 25 shortlisted projects for the Contemporary African Photography Prize 2020. For more information, please see the CAP website.
Sammy Baloji at Kunsthal Aarhus
Other Tales, SAMMY BALOJI’s first solo exhibition in Sweden and Denmark, seeks to mend ruptures in the colonial timeline by challenging the Eurocentric foundation on which the dominant narrative rests. Curated by Matteo Luchetti, the exhibition focuses on the unearthing of “other” tales—overlooked, suppressed, forgotten—about the Democratic Republic of Congo on the world map. After the exhibition ends at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden, on May 24, 2020, Other Tales will travel to Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.
Casablanca biennale postponed
Due to COVID-19, the 5th International Biennale of Casablanca, featuring ALGERNON MILLER and SUE WILLIAMSON, will now open May 24 –August 1, 2021. For more information, please see the Biennale website.
Phyllis Galembo profiled in New York Times
PHYLLIS GALEMBO’s Instagram was selected by Siddhartha Mitter of The New York Times as one of five artist accounts to follow during COVID-19: “It’s a good moment to remember how important masking is for both personal expression and the ways in which communities regulate their physical and spiritual well-being in many traditions.”
Hervé Youmbi at Bowdoin Art Museum
HERVÉ YOUMBI’s “Two-Faced / Double Visage,” from his project Visages de Masques / Faces of Masks features in the now-delayed opening of “The Presence of the Past: Art from Central and West Africa” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Phyllis Galembo featured in Photograph Magazine
Sammy Baloji at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney
The performance that threads through SAMMY BALOJJI‘s film, “Kasala: Slaughterhouse of Dreams or the First Human, Bende’s Error in Boycotting the Creation” (2020), was conceived and performed at the “Congo as Fiction” exhibition at Museum Rietberg, Zürich. The film premiered in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney; due to COVID-19, NIRIN has been shuttered and has transitioned to a virtual experience on the Google Arts and Culture platform.
Sammy Baloji and Gideon Mendel at the DePaul
SAMMY BALOJI and GIDEON MENDEL are featured in The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, currently at the DePaul Museum of Art, Chicago, from March 19 – August 16, 2020. The exhibition, organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, presents contemporary artists’ responses to subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice.
Sammy Baloji at FotoFest Biennale 2020
SAMMY BALOJI was featured in FotoFest Biennale 2020, “African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other.” The exhibition, curated by Mark Sealy MBE, was on view from March 8–April 19, 2020. For more information, see Sealy’s interview in Ocula magazine.
Hervé Youmbi at Standard Bank Gallery
HERVÉ YOUMBI was featured in Lumière d’Afriques, a group exhibition with 54 artists from across the African continent, on view at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, from February 21 – April 9, 2020.
Sammy Baloji at Moody Center for the Arts
SAMMY BALOJI was featured in ‘Radical Revisionists,’ at the Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, TX. Molly Glentzer reviews Baloji’s work in the exhibition in the Houston Chronicle: “[Baloji’s] diptychs juxtapose scenes of current-day Chinese mining operations with fantastical poster images produced in China that evoke an African Shangri-la.” The show closed on March 26, due to COVID-19.
Sammy Baloji at Lunds Konsthall
‘Other Tales’ at Lunds Konsthall in Lund, Sweden, was SAMMY BALOJI’s first solo exhibition in Sweden and Denmark, on view from February 15 – May 24 2020.
Phyllis Galembo at Boca Raton Museum of Art
A solo exhibition of works by PHYLLIS GALEMBO at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, from January 28 – September 20, 2020, is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The exhibition, reviewed in The Eye of Photgraphy, covers Galembo’s work on masquerade traditions across the African diaspora from over the last two decades.
Phyllis Galembo and Lamyne M. at Dorotheum Brussels
Axis Gallery profiles works by PHYLLIS GALEMBO and LAMYNE M at Dorotheum, Brussels, Belgium, from January 22 – February 5, 2020.
Sammy Baloji profiled in New York Times
New York Times article by Siddhartha Mitter on the 2019 Biennale de Lubumbashi, curated by the inimitable Sandrine Colard, quotes SAMMY BALOJI, “the best-known contemporary artist from Lubumbashi and founder of Picha collective … ‘Even today, public space isn’t public,” Mr. Baloji observed. “It’s a space of constant confrontation.'”
Gosette Lubondo featured in Ocula
Sandrine Colard explains her curatorial approach for the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, with an eye to “[positioning] the Congo as a place from which to project the future.” Colard notes that “through GOSETTE LUBUNDO’s staging of a photography exhibition at a local school, we were able to invite residents and students to rediscover the architectural heritage of the Congo and provide insight into work as a photographer.” Read the entire Ocula interview here.
Sammy Baloji interview by KRISTIAN VISTRUP MADSEN
“I’m not interested in colonialism as a thing of the past, but in the continuation of that system” In this interview the Brussels-based Congolese artist talks about the past and present of colonialism and mineral extraction in the context of his recent exhibition at Salzburg’s StadtGalerie Museumspavillion, Salzburg Summer Academy.
Review by Kate Green profiles Theo Eshetu’s commissioned work at The Contemporary, Austin
THEO ESHETU’S commissioned work ‘Adieu Les Demoiselles’, 2019, reviewed in Artforum in the context of the exhibition “The Sorcerer’s burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn”, curated by Heather Pesanti.
Gideon Mendel Shortlisted for 2019 Prix Pictet
GIDEON MENDEL is among 12 photographers from around the world who have been shortlisted for the 2019 Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability. n exhibition of works by the shortlisted photographers is on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. For more information, please visit the V&A website.
Sammy Baloji nominated for 2020 BelgianArtPrize
SAMMY BALOJI was announced as one of five shortlisted finalists for the 2020 BelgianArtPrize. Each of the five shortlisted artists will present a new artistic project to be shown at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) from March 19 – May 24, 2020.
Algernon Miller and Sue Williamson at the Casablanca Biennale
ALGERNON MILLER and SUE WILLIAMSON will be featured in the Casablanca Biennale, 5th edition, September 24 – November 1, 2020. This year’s theme is “Words Create Images,” examining links between literature and image creation processes.
Sammy Baloji at Rietberg Museum
SAMMY BALOJI participates in the group exhibition, “Congo as Fiction: Art Worlds Between Past and Present,” at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland, from November 22, 2019 – March 15, 2020 .
Sammy Baloji to Deliver 9th Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture
Alongside his co-collaborator, the anthropologist Filip De Boeck, SAMMY BALOJI will deliver the 9th Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture on November 28, 2019. This annual series is a joint initiative of the Fund for Ethnology Leiden, the National Museum for Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde), the Beeld voor Beeld Documentary Film Festival and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (Leiden University).
Algernon Miller at Wilmer Jennings Gallery
ALGERNON MILLER is featured in Time Being, a solo exhibition at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House, from November 13, 2019 – January 11, 2020. Miller will give a talk at the gallery on December 14, 2019.
Sammy Baloji and Gosette Lubondo at the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale
Works by SAMMY BALOJI and GOSETTE LUBONDO are featured in Future Genealogies, Tales From The Equatorial Line, at the 6th edition of the Biennale de Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, from October 24 – November 24, 2019.
Sue Williamson at Black Portraiture[s] Conference
SUE WILLIAMSON was invited to speak at New York University’s annual conference, Black Portraiture[s]: V: Memory and the Archive Past. Present. Future., on October 17, 2019. Williamson discussed her installation works, ‘Messages from the Moat’ (1997), ‘Messages from the Atlantic Passage’ (2017), and ‘One Hundred and Nineteen Deeds of Sale’ (2018) in her talk, “History is in the detail: the fragility of a name.”
Gosette Lubondo at the Congo Biennale
GOSETTE LUBONDO is on view in Transition, at the Congo Biennale in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on view from October 20 – November 21, 2019. Featured artists and thinkers reflect on the recent history of the DRC since the 1885 Berlin conference, when the country became a private property of Belgian King Leopold II.
Gideon Mendel at the Fowler Museum, UCLA
Through Positive Eyes is co-curated by GIDEON MENDEL and University of California, Los Angeles professor David Gere, highlighting the stories and images of HIV-positive individuals and their perspectives on the epidemic. It is on view at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from September 15, 2019–February 16, 2020.
Sue Williamson at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
SUE WILLIAMSON’s The Last Supper Revisited (1993) is now in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., and its current exhibition, I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, on view from June 20, 2019 – July 5, 2020. The Last Supper was previously shown in Insights (2004), alongside such artists as William Kentridge, Gavin Jantjes, and Sokari Douglas Camp.
Gosette Lubondo at Congo in Harlem Film Festival
GOSETTE LUBONDO was a featured artist at the 11th edition of the Congo in Harlem Film Festival, New York, from October 12 – 20, 2019.
Sammy Baloji at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Tower, an interdisciplinary exploration of urban Congo produced by SAMMY BALOJI and anthropologist Filip de Boeck, is featured in “… And Other Such Stories” at the 2019 Chicago Architectural Biennale, from September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020.
Phyllis Galembo interviewed in L’Officiel
Joseph Akel interviews PHYLLIS GALEMBO about her photographic process and visual influences in her latest series, Mexico Mask Rituals, for L’Officiel USA magazine.
Gideon Mendel at ARTCO Galerie
A solo exhibition of works by GIDEON MENDEL, Drowning World + Burnt Memories, was on view at ARTCO Galerie, Aachen, Germany, from September 28 – October 31, 2019. Mendel gave an artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition.
Theo Eshetu at the Contemporary Austin
Works by THEO ESHETU are on view in The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn, an exhibition curated by Heather Pesanti at the Contemporary Austin, TX, from September 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020.
Sammy Baloji at the Haus für Kunst Uri
Works by SAMMY BALOJI are currently on view the Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland, from September 14 – November 24, 2019.
Gideon Mendel at the Oak Institute for Human Rights
A solo exhibition of GIDEON MENDEL’s Drowning World series was on view at the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College, from September 10 – October 29, 2019. Mendel’s intimate portraits speak to the Oak Institute’s 2019 theme, “Water Rights as Human Rights.”
Sammy Baloji at the Museum of the African Diaspora
SAMMY BALOJI is featured in the traveling exhibition Africa State of Mind, organized by eminent British writer, broadcaster, and curator Ekow Eshun. The exhibition is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, from September 4 – November 5, 2019.
Phyllis Galembo at Cavin-Morris Gallery
Two works by PHYLLIS GALEMBO were featured in Máscaras: The Other Faces of Mexico, at Cavin-Morris Gallery from September 5 – October 26, 2019.
Sue Williamson at the Migros Museum
SUE WILLIAMSON participated in the group exhibition, United by AIDS: An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS, at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland from August 31 – November 10, 2019.
Jebila Okongwu at Baert Gallery
JEBILA OKONGWU participated in the group exhibition Color is an Act of Reason at Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, on view from August 3 – September 14, 2019.
National Gallery of Canada spotlight: Sammy Baloji
Blog feature focusing on two works by SAMMY BALOJI: “Essay on Urban Planning” (2013) and “Untitled # 21” (2003) from Baloji’s Mémoire series, which Axis placed in the National Gallery collection.
Hervé Youmbi at the National Museum of Cameroon
Works from HERVÉ YOUMBI‘s series, Les trônes célestes (2019), were in Aujourd’hui, an exhibition at the National Museum of Cameroon, Yaounde, organized by eminent curator and critic Simon Njami, with the support of the National Museum and the World Bank. To see the exhibition catalogue and more information, please visit the World Bank website.
Phyllis Galembo, Other Axis Artists at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
Works by PHYLLIS GALEMBO were featured in Incarnations at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, from June 28 – October 6, 2019. Eight other artists formerly exhibited at Axis were also on view, including Minnette Vári, Brett Murray, and Berni Searle.
Sammy Baloji at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
SAMMY BALOJI discussed his work with Ashley Duhrkoop, Curatorial Associate for African Art at the VMFA on April 18, 2019. Their talk explored connections between Baloji’s photomontages and paintings by Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu in VMFA’s permanent collection.
Bobson Studio at the MFA Boston
A Zulu man’s courting costume, lent by Axis Gallery, and BOBSON STUDIO photographs of Zulu subjects in similar dress, were featured in Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity at the MFA Boston, from February 2–May 14, 2019.
Gideon Mendel in Aperture Magazine
Works from GIDEON MENDEL‘s Watermarks series were featured in the Spring 2019 “Earth” issue of Aperture Magazine. Bronwyn Law-Viljoen outlines how Mendel’s evocative flood-damaged images speak to erasure, memory and nostalgia.
Hervé Youmbi at Bayreuth University
HERVÉ YOUMBI gave a talk at the Iwalewahaus centre at the University of Bayreuth on March 13, 2019, about his wide-ranging practice with particular focus on his work Françafrica, on view in the exhibition “Feedback,” curated by Smooth Ugochukwu C. Nzewi.
Hervé Youmbi at Haute école des arts du Rhine
A solo exhibition of works by HERVÉ YOUMBI opened at the Haute école des arts du Rhine, Strasbourg in February 2019. The exhibition, “Masks on the Move,” is a culmination of Youmbi’s yearlong workshop with students at the school.
Theo Eshetu at Atbank Sanat
THEO ESHETU was on view in Faces and Places at Atbank Sanat, an international centre for contemporary arts in Istanbul, Turkey, from January 23 – March 9, 2019. Eshetu presented two video installations: Atlas Fractured (2017) accompanied by a series of photographic portraits, and The Slave Ship (2015).
Sammy Baloji at Villa Médicis Académie de France à Rome
SAMMY BALOJI is announced as a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Villa Médicis Académie de France à Rome in Rome, Italy.
Sammy Baloji at Bates, Colby, Bowdoin, and Dartmouth
SAMMY BALOJI toured four colleges throughout New England, leading presentations, classes and symposia as he discussed the future of contemporary art in the Anthropocene.
Sammy Baloji at MoMA
SAMMY BALOJI participated in a panel at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, on October 1, 2018. The panel was held in conjunction with the exhibition Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams, moderated by Sarah Suzuki, MoMA Curator for Drawings and Prints. Other participants include anthropologist Filip de Boeck and Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.
Theo Eshetu at Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
Gideon Mendel at 4th Biennale de Casablanca
GIDEON MENDEL participated in the 4th Biennial Internationale de Casablanca, which opened October 27, 2018. The Biennale’s 4th edition, directed by Christine Eyene, sought to encourage dialogue on themes such as displacement, travel, migration and cultural hybridity.
Theo Eshetu at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
THEO ESHETU discussed his video installation Atlas Fractured (2017) with Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Curator of International Modern Art the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on September 5, 2018. The work was also on view in the MMFA exhibition From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present, from May 12 to September 16, 2018.
Gideon Mendel at Landskrona Festival
GIDEON MENDEL‘s Drowning World project was featured as a public installation at the 2018 Landskrona Foto Festival in Sweden. which opens September 14th, 2018. A retrospective of Mendel’s work, curated by Christine Caujoule, was also featured in the festival.
Hervé Youmbi at Into Nature
A unique public installation, Alo-Alo, by HERVÉ YOUMBI was featured at the Into Nature Biennale 2018 in Frederiksoord, the Netherlands, starting June 30, 2018.
Sammy Baloji at Framer Framed
A solo exhibition by SAMMY BALOJI opened on June 24, 2018 at Framer Framed, an Amsterdam-based platform and exhibition space for contemporary art, critical theory, and practice. Baloji presented his multimedia installation, A Blueprint for Toads and Snakes.
Gideon Mendel at RAY Triennal
GIDEON MENDEL participated in the RAY Triennal 2018, which ran from May 24 – September 9, 2018 in at the Fotograpfie Forum Frankfurt, Germany. Mendel also gave a talk about Drowning Worlds on July 20, and led a workshop on memory and materiality from July 21 – 22, 2018.
Jebila Okongwu Unveils Limited Edition Work in Manhattan
JEBILA OKONGWU unveiled a limited-edition “Banana Box Cocktail Table” as part of his installation for the Art-in-Buildings Program, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf, on May 16, 2018.
Hervé Youmbi, Theo Eshetu at Iwalewahaus
“Feedback: Art, Africa, and the 1980s,” at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, featured works by HERVÉ YOUMBI and THEO ESHETU. The show, curated by Smooth Ugochukwu C. Nzewi, will be on view from April 28 – September 30, 2018.
Gideon Mendel at KYOTOGRAPHIE
GIDEON MENDEL participated in the 6th edition of the KYOTOGRAPHIE international photography festival in Kyoto, held from April 14 – May 13th, 2018. Works from Drowning World series were presented by curator Mark Sealy in a former ice factory, adding a sense of urgency to the exhibited photographs.
Sammy Baloji at Architekturmuseum der TU München
SAMMY BALOJI‘s “Essay on Urban Planning” was featured in “This is Not a Refugee Camp Exhibition” at the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München, from April 26 – August 19, 2018.
Hervé Youmbi at Cleveland Museum of Art
HERVÉ YOUMBI’s “Totem 01/01-18”(Baga-Batcham-Alunga-Kota) has been added to the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, courtesy of curator Smooth Ugochukwu C. Nzewi, bringing new vision to this storied collection.
‘Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises’
Curated by Axis’ GARY VAN WYK, “Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises” was on view at the Center for Book Arts, New York, January 19-March 31, 2018. The New York Times describes SAMMY BALOJI as a highlight, and his work on mining in the Congo was on view alongside works by GIDEON MENDEL and HERVÉ YOUMBI.
Axis Celebrates 20 Years
Axis Gallery is pleased to announce its 20th anniversary with two exhibitions this fall: UNMASKED and LIQUID STATE, featuring works from our artists who have worked with us over the years. Susan Vogel gave opening remarks about Axis’ work over the last twenty years.
Sammy Baloji at the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, announced the selection of SAMMY BALOJI as the 2017 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography following an international search. The Fellowship carries a $50,000 stipend to begin or complete a proposed project, followed by the publication of a book. Please see the Peabody website for the full press release.
Gideon Mendel and World AIDS Day
GIDEON MENDEL marks World AIDS day, December 1, with “The Ward” at Fitzrovia Chapel, London. The site of this exhibition is all that remains of the Middlesex Hospital where Mendel shot images in an AIDS wards 25 years ago. An accompanying book is available through Trolley Books. Mendel was interviewed on the BBC about his work on HIV on Africa.
Sammy Baloji at the Lubumbashi Biennale
SAMMY BALOJI participated in the 5th edition of the Biennale de Lubumbashi, DRC, on view from October 7 – November 12, 2017.
Sammy Baloji at the Power Plant
“Urban Now: City Life in Congo” by SAMMY BALOJIandFILIP DE BOECK was on view at The Power Plant, Toronto, from September 29 – December 31, 2017.
Gideon Mendel in the Guardian
GIDEON MENDEL‘s portraits of people devastated by floods in Texas and Florida, from his series Drowning World, were published in The Guardian‘s weekend magazine, September 23, 2017. View the full publication here.
Gideon Mendel at Tisch School of the Arts
Works by GIDEON MENDEL were featured at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, from September 12 – October 22, 2017. Curated by Fred Ritchin, the exhibition, “Bending the Frame,” presents a variety of image-based strategies from visual journalism and documentary for social impact.
Theo Eshetu and Sammy Baloji at Documenta 14
Works by THEO ESHETU were SAMMY BALOJI were on view at Documenta 14 from April 8 – September 17, 2017, in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany.
Hervé Youmbi at Skulptur Projekte Münster
HERVÉ YOUMBI’s Les Masques Célèstes were featured at Skulptur Projekte Münster. Held every 10 years since 1977, international artists are invited to create public installations across Münster.
Graeme Williams at Brazil Photo Festival
Billboard versions of works from GRAME WILLIAMS’ The Struggle for Democracy – 1989 to 1994 were on view at the International Festival of Photography in Brazil.
Al Miller at Studio Museum Harlem
ALGERNON MILLER‘s “It’s a Wrap / The Gift” was on view in Harlem Postcards at the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, from July 20 – September 10, 2017. The exhibition is an ongoing project inviting artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site of cultural, artistic, and political vitality.
Gideon Mendel at Les Rencontres d’Arles
A retrospective of GIDEON MENDEL’s Drowning World works was on view at the 2017 installation of Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, France. The Rencontres installation, curated by Mark Sealy, is reviewed in Lens Culture.
Sammy Baloji at Bamako Encounters 2017
SAMMY BALOJI is on the Curatorial Committee for 11th edition of the Bamako Biennale. Biennale curator Marie-Ann Yemsi observes, “The Committee’s membership reflects a diverse, dynamic range of cultural talents, most of whom are active on the African continent today.”
Sue Williamson in Le Monde
Sammy Baloji at Princeton University
SAMMY BALOJI spoke at a Princeton University symposium, “Art of Environmental Justice in an Expanded Field: A Symposium on Creative Activism and Eco-Politics across Boundaries,” on April 13, 2017. Organized by Professor Alan Braddock, the 2017 Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, this one-day symposium brings together leading international contemporary artists who use visual art to reimagine the politics of ecology across various political, socioeconomic, and identity borders.
Sue Williamson at the Apartheid Museum
SUE WILLIAMSON’s solo exhibition, “Can’t remember, Can’t forget” was on view at the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, from March 21 – May 31, 2017. The exhibition included two new video works, alongside mixed media work from the last three decades.
Sammy Baloji Receives Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres de la France
SAMMY BALOJI was decorated a Knight of the Arts of France in February 2017. The honor was bestowed by French Minister for Culture Audrey Azoulay at the Picha Gallery, Lubumbashi.
Sue Williamson at the Birmingham Museum of Art
SUE WILLIAMSON’s “Momentoes of District Six” (1993) features in “Third Space /Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art”, at the Birmingham Museum of Art, on view from January 28, 2017 – January 6, 2019. Curated by Wassan Al-Khudhair, the exhibition creates connections between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art. “Mementoes” focuses on the forced expulsion of the mostly Black and Muslim communities from Cape Town between 1960 and 1983.
Bright Ugochukwu Eke participated in AFRICA AFRICANS, Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Palo. May 25 – August 30, 2016
Sammy Baloji participated in ‘La vie moderne’ curated by Thierry Raspail and Ralph Rugoff,
13th Lyon Biennale. September 10, 2015 -January 3, 2016
Sammy Baloji participated in All the world’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. May 9 – November 22, 2015
Sammy Baloji exhibited at the Belgian Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale. Vincent Meessen and guests: Personne et les autres, curated by Katerina Gregos. May 9 – November 22, 2015
ArtReview Black on White? by Mike Watson. Points of View: September, 2015
Huffington Post Sammy Baloji : The past in front of us. Interview by Matthias Ussing Seeberg
Theo Eshetu & Jebila Okungwu Theo Eshetu & Jebila Okungwu participate in Nero Su Bianco, curated by American Academy, Rome. May 26 – June 5 , 2015
CNN Why Africa is the buzz at this year’s Venice Biennale. by Lauren Said Moorehouse. May 29, 2015
AnotherAfrica 1:54 The New Face of African Art in North America by Mebrak Tareke. May 29, 2015
ARTFORUM Diary. Studio 54. May 22, 2015
ArtSouthAfrica 1:54 New York – Visual Roundup. May 20, 2015
AnotherAfrica 56th Venice Biennale / This is A Sound Proposal. by Clelia Coussonnet. Art & Culture Reviews, May 18, 2015
Artspace A Booth-by-Booth Breakdown of the1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair . by Dylan Kerr. May 16, 2015
BLOUINARTINFO 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair’s Worthy Frieze Week Debut. by Mostafa Heddaya. May 15, 2015
Artslant Top 10 Picks at 1:54 Fair. by Char Jansen. May 14, 2015
Artspace A Booth-by-Booth Breakdown of the1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair . by Dylan Kerr. May 16, 2015
Sammy Baloji Sammy Baloji participates in All the world’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. May 9 – November 22, 2015
Sammy Baloji Sammy Baloji exhibits in the Belgian Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale. Vincent Meessen and guests: Personne et les autres,curated by Katerina Gregos. May 9 – November 22, 2015
RENAISSANCE Art of Africa: Tribal art from the continent of Africa inspires collectors by Beth D’Addono. Spring 2009
Time Out, New York ‘Own this City: Passport NY: South Africa’ by Shakthi Jothianandan. April 23-29, 2009
ArtThrob ‘Ledelle Moe shows at Axis’ by Natasha Becker. November 6, 2006
The New York Times ‘A Global Smorgasbord of Wonders of the Eye’ by Holland Cotter. Art Review, Monday May 22, 2006
The Villager ‘Mahen Bonetti, ambassador of African film’ By Judith Stiles. May 10-16, 2006
Art & Auction Shifts by Elizabeth Kley. p 146. May, 2006
Time Out, New York ‘New Beginnings’ by Bridget Goodbody. February 9-15, 2006
The New York Times ‘When Fabric is where culture meets style.’ By Margo Jefferson. Art Review, Friday December 13, 2005
The New York Times ‘Visions of a continent that is rich with life.’ By Holland Cotter. Art Review, Friday November 25, 2005
The New York Times ‘Receptacle: African Container’s’ by Roberta Smith. Art Review, Friday May 13, 2005
The New York Times ‘Imprints: Works on Paper.’ By Holland Cotter. Art Review, Friday March 25, 2005
The New York Times ‘Clinton Fein: Warning.’ By Ken Johnson. Art Review, Friday September 17, 2005
The New York Times ‘City and Country’ by Holland Cotter. Art Review, Friday February 13, 2004
The New York Times ‘Ndebele’ by Ken Johnson. Art Review, Friday January 2, 2004
Nka: Journal of Contemporary Art ‘CON/TEXT + I.D./OLOGY’ by Laurie Ann Farrell. Spring/Summer 2003, p100-101
Time Out, New York Circumcised, Circumscribed by Barbara Pollock. March 20-27, 2003
The New York Times ‘Vessel’ by Roberta Smith. Art Review, Friday December 13, 2002
The New York Times ‘A Profusion of Painting, Very Much Alive.’ By Roberta SmithArt Review, Friday May 10, 2002
The Villager ‘Photo shows look differently at life amid violence.’ By Dominique Herman. February 13, 2002
The New York Times ‘Shooting Resistance: South African Photography 1976-1994.’ By Holland Cotter. Art Review, Sunday February 17, 2002
The New York Times ‘Dance in Light: Xhosa Textiles and Beadwork.’ By Roberta Smith. Art Review, Friday January 18, 2002
The New York Times ‘Berni Searle’ by Roberta Smith. Art in Review, October 12, 2001
ARTnews ‘The New look of Feminism.’ By Barbara Pollack. September, 2001. p 132
The New York Times ‘Safari Through Troves Of African Wonders A legendary collector’s legacy is lovingly presented at his museum In Brooklyn and Chelsea.’ By Holland Cotter. Art in Review, June, 2001
The New York Times ‘As Chelsea Gallery District Expands, a Host of Visions Rush’ by Roberta Smith. Art in Review, Friday June 1, 2001
Artnet.com ‘Zulu beads at the Axis Gallery’ by Joy Garnett. Review, Magazine-Into Africa 2001