An exhibition which aims to both challenge and enchant viewers while dealing with artists’ responses to our complex country and society, THIS PLACE – THIS SPACE emerged from Moór Gallery’s established relationship with Willie Bester. Bester has been creating strongly-coloured, mixed media works since the early 1990s, commenting on the political and social. He has markedly influenced artists depicting the ‘spaces’ of informal settlements and racial divides using found materials. Having received more recognition in the market outside of South Africa, it is seldom that contemporary exhibitions here include his work.
THIS PLACE – THIS SPACE shows works by artists such as Diane Victor, whose absorbing images emerge from her reactions to events she views as ‘disasters’ in our society, in conversation with Bester’s pieces. Alfred Thoba and Francois Knoetze challenge us on other issues. Desmond Mnyila’s quiet studies of places are not only benign. And with works by, amongst others, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham, Philip Rikhotso and Lizza Littlewort, the magnetic generosity of our country’s light, climate, and intricate web of people engages us all further in ever-complex spaces.
Including Willie Bester, Diane Victor, Lizza Littlewort, Francois Knoetze, Angus MacKinnon, Louis Maqhubela, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham, David Koloane, Joanne Bloch, , Nompumelelo Kumalo, Desmond Mnyila, Helen Timm, Jabu Masuku, Janet Wilson, Derrick Nxumalo, Alfred Thoba, Louise Linder, Thandeka Mathenjwa, Thulile Nyawo, Ncamisile Tembe, Sizakele Mbuyisa and Eunice Geustyn
Curated by Candice Cruse and Julia Meintjes (Julia Meintjes Fine Art)