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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 (Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Alphabet Zoo)
Open to the public from 5 April to 22 June
Public Event: 12 April 6.30pm
Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, 2193 Parkwood
This project offers a sustained engagement with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s body of work Heroes.
Nkosi’s portraits are veiled – a function of technique, as well as her conception of what
constitutes a “hero”. The faces shift between recognition and obscurity, and come to stand
for a community.
Alphabet Zoo is Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, both traditional print-making artists that
formed a street-culture zine and work collaboratively. Together with Andile Buka, Simnikiwe
Buhlungu, Mooki Mooks, Kgomutso Neto Tleane, Jack Diamond, and the collective Danger
Gevaar Ingozi, they start to respond to Heroes, creating new work in conversation with
The space itself grows and changes over time as work is added. It is imagined as a reading
room and a place for conversation, screenings and small-scale events: a space always in
motion. Participants and the public at large are asked to step inside, and think through the
significance of the work, build on the narratives, consider the absences and the spaces
between the portraits.
The Reading Room is open to the public from 5 April with a public event on 12 April. Further
events are to be announced on social media. From 22 June the reading room will continue
under a different guise, elaborating on the conversations of this first iteration.
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142 Jan Smuts Avenue
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