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The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. The Goethe-Institut’s Gallery hosts contemporary art projects from all disciplines throughout the year.
The Reading Room began in April 2018 as “an inquiry into the subjective nature of the term hero” and engaged directly with a body of work entitled Heroes by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. The series of portraits exhibited, were central to a further activation by zine-makers and were led by artist facilitators, Alphabet Zoo. Following on, The Reading Room Continues reflects on the processes that developed in the space over this time. The gallery also highlights both new and re-worked material from the workshops, such as Andile Buka’s photographic portraits (2017) and a new series of prints by Danger Gevaar Ingozi and Alphabet Zoo. It will additionally host a seven-week Writer’s Studio to support the development of new and existing literary projects.
The Reading Room is a place for contemplation, conversation, screenings, small-scale events, and reading.
In this room and the workshop adjacent to it, a group of artists will respond to another’s work over a period of 12 weeks.
The starting point for this engagement is the series of portrait paintings entitled Heroes (by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi). The series is an ongoing inquiry into the subjective nature of the term ‘hero’: What is a hero? Do we need and therefore create our heroes? Who gets memorialised and who is forgotten?
Alphabet Zoo (artists Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale) will initiate a series of workshops in which artists respond to Nkosi’s portraits in various forms, creating new readings of the work. Participating artists include Andile Buka, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Mooki Mooks, Kgomutso Neto Tleane, Jack Dyamonds, and the Danger Gevaar Ingozi collective.
Visitors to The Reading Room are invited to observe the development of the space over the project period. Visitors will also be invited to engage directly with the artists’ processes— including opportunities to participate in a programme of workshops and public events. The idea is that what is generated in the space will build on the narratives already present, and populate The Reading Room with a multiplicity of voices.
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