Looking After Freedom
Collaborative Exhibition 13-26 Sept. 2017
Stellenbosch University Art Gallery, The Michaelis Galleries, and the British Council present Looking After Freedom. This groundbreaking exhibition constitutes the first history of experimental, “decolonizing” art practices by contemporary African artists, and reflect on their influence internationally. Addressing an art critical vacuum, Looking After Freedom will give visibility to artistic practices that escape the grasp of art history—where it is located, how, by whom, and for what reasons. The last twenty years marks a key period in South African history and in the development of contemporary art.
In this exhibition, Looking After Freedom offers a sampling of artists working in photography, video, and other experimental media. Among the artists included are acknowledged figures such as Dineo Seshee Bopape, Thembinkosi Goniwe and Kemang Wa Lehulere, alongside artists on the rise such as Skhumbuzo Makhandula and MadeYouLook. The exhibition is curated by Nkule Mabaso and Raél Jero Salley as part of the project of “Decolonization and the Scopic Regime.”