The exhibition How Dare You Make Me Feel This Way focuses on trans and queer joy. It is not an accusation, but a vote of gratitude. How dare you make me feel this way? So fine and full of wonder, but also so searching and confused? Photographs by Leo Xander Foo and Risk Hazekamp, videos by local and international artists like Yinzk and Samantha Nye and an installation by Dean Hutton are used to show perspectives and experiences that people from the trans and queer community find important and are eager to share. It is about saying ‘no’ to restrictive frameworks and ‘yes’ to freedom of movement.
How Dare You Make Me Feel This Way is curated, conceived and researched by Alara, Jip, Larisa, Sarjon, Storm, Zacquel and Dexter. From early 2022, they met at the invitation of Museum Arnhem and under the guidance of Julius Thissen to discuss life, art, trans and queerness. These encounters were about pleasure, pain, wonder about themselves and the world, their centuries-old history, threatened and rich future, and the difference between identity and political resistance. From December 2022 to May 2023
INHALEXHALE is a lightbox installation that calls us to both individual and communal acts of self-care in response to the crisis of breathlessness and social anxiety experienced by so many during this era of late capitalism, where ecological catastrophe, corruption and police brutality quite literally threatens to rob us of our breath.
The installation, made from reflective ‘gold’ materials, set to a radial rising from the ground like the rays of the sun, provides a point of focus and reflection for the viewer to remain present, and establish inner calm, acting as a visual representation of the process of mindful breathing, the rhythm and flow from inhale(to)exhale.
Production management by Shruthi Nair and fabrication by Ornate Concepts.
GOLDENDEAN presents the first of a new series of hard edge paintings of typographic or textual mantras experimenting with the architectural abstraction of a “soft brutalist” aesthetic. As part of the Soft Radical series of works in which Goldendean first presented an evolving collection of Typographic Medi(a)tations – original prints and posters reproducing text and typeface in repetition as “glitch mantras” and “minimalist mandalas” to provoke or inspire acts of care and resistance.
Brutalism is an architectural style characterised by simple, stark, geometric block-like design that often feature bare building materials. For Walter Benjamin, reflecting on the contexts of architectural production and function, Brutalist buildings define class struggle as : “a fight for crude and material things without which no refined and spiritual things could exist.”Theses on the Philosophy of History (1942). Brutalist spaces were designed with the experience of the visitor/user in mind, raw materials onto which we could project our imaginations as truth. __
Studio Nxumalo is proud to present: Footnotes. a group exhibition curated by Musa N. Nxumalo | Exhibition opening: 04.03.2023. Time: 10:00 – 15:00
A group exhibition that celebrates and honors the culture of independence as demonstrated by artists & painters that are featured in this group exhibition.
“Footnotes.” explores how these artists continuously unravel the complexities that form part of the wider artworld ecosystem; through innovative negotiations that propels their artistic practices forward, allowing them to reach both local as well as international audiences, including art buyers and collectors.
Nxumalo has carefully selected each artist based on their consistent contribution to the South African art market, despite the fact that these artists operate on the fringes of a larger art world ecosystem, such as art fairs, private/public museum exhibitions and art festivals.
This exhibition marks the last show at Keyes Art Mile for the year 2023. Whilst Nxumalo takes a year-long study sabbatical.
Our program will commence in the year 2024, with exhibitions that will be held in partnership with various art institutions, commercial galleries, auction houses and spaces that holds similar interests.
Featured artists: Lwando Dlamini, Thokozani Mthiyane, Kaelik Dullaart, Justice Mukheli, Frederick Clarke, Skubalisto & Lisolomzi Pikoli, Goldendean, Stephen Langa, Mthuthuzeli “Sthu” Manaka, Vukile Batyi, Layziehound Coka, Lebogang Mabusela, Fhatuwani Mukheli and MJ Turpin.
I want to thank all who work, and visited the Zeitz MOCAA, for their generosity and good will during the Soft Vxnxs exhibition this last half year. It has been a highlight of my career to share this work in particular with all of you, here in Cape Town. The city has never been a soft landing for me. Soft Vxnxs is not just a sculpture, it is an extension of my own body into a space of vulnerability. Thanks to you, I felt incredibly held during the whole process.
some favourite social media moments:
Can’t wait to see where Soft Vxnxs travels to from here but it will hopefully be somewhere in Johannesburg some time soon!
Curators are welcome to get in touch about display this work in new spaces.
Goldendean, BREATHE, 2020, 40 x 55.5 x 6 cm,Cast acrylic, LED 3000K warm light, Edition 10Goldendean, Vxnxs in Repose, 2020, Poly plastic, 300x132x155mm, edition of 30Goldendean, Birth of Vxnxs, Poly plastic, 155x102x129mm, edition of 30
Bern: frauenraum.ch/ Frauenraum Bern Wagenplatz Bethlehem: A radical queer trailer park
Saturday, 18 May 2019 (Bern) PERFORM Goldendean Bread in Bern Bethlehem, followed by a gathering (traditional cake production)
Sunday, 19 May 2019 (Bern) BRAINSTORM QUEER SUMMERCAMP/ ACADEMY and artists talk.
Annual Zurich dance festival has been running since 2006. It was organized by the dance network Reso throughout Switzerland and in cooperation with local partners in various cities. The City of Zurich recognized the potential of this event and decided to focus on dance within the framework of the legislative focus on the cultural and creative city of Zurich. Since then, the dance festival has been called the annual Zurich dance festival under the new name ZÜRICH TANZT.
a multidisciplinary festival that explores the themes of body, gender, and sexuality in art. Our shortflim competition aims to reward films that present a high artistic quality, explore fresh ideas about gender and sexuality, in new and innovative ways. We particularly encourage films that explore new approaches to erotic narratives, and that renew traditional representations of bodies, genders, and sexualities.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE RESIDENCY with MARCEL SCHWALD IN BASEL, GENEVA AND BERN “ART AND ACTIVISM WEEK
Marcel Schwald works as a director, dramaturg and writer in Switzerland, and currently also in Greece and India. He is active in the fields of theatre, dance and performance art.
In his work, he mixes practices of theatre, performance art, community work, journalism and sociology. Besides a strong collaborative aspect, Marcel Schwald’s pieces often question some of the predominant eurocentric/western narratives in the social, political and aesthetic discourse and try to formulate different proposals considering the interrelations in a globalized world. The material for this can be an avant-garde novel, telling a western migration story such as Gertrude Stein’s THE MAKING OF AMERICANS, as well as narratives of transgender identity in India, like in EF_FEMININITY
Much like gold itself, the spectacle of Goldendean challenges the arbitrary values we place on the normative body. Our gaze cannot help but devour Goldendean.
In 2016 artist Dean Hutton’s #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE performance went notoriously viral which has extended itself into various forms– an installation, a ‘Fuck White People’ suit, an online archive titled, ‘White People made Visible’. Dean’s message is one of ‘queer love’, ‘queer dissidence’ and ‘radical sharing’ (coined by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi), promoted by their avatar Goldendean who takes on the role of a clown like figure. ‘PLAN B, A GATHERING OF STRANGERS (OR) THIS IS NOT WORKING’, Dean’s Master’s thesis completed towards their MA in Fine Arts from Michaelis becomes a manual to understanding the serious and complex reasonings of an artist who hopes to heal with their practice.