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Goodman Gallery is one of the most distinguished and longest-standing international contemporary art galleries. Established in Johannesburg in 1966, the gallery works with artists who are at once contemporary, influential and strive to shift perspectives and engender social transformation.
Founded during the era of apartheid, Goodman Gallery offered a non-discriminatory space when museums served the agenda of the autocratic government. Since 2008, under the directorship of Liza Essers, Goodman Gallery has expanded on this legacy, shifted its focus, and introduced numerous pivotal curatorial initiatives and partnerships.
Explore the current exhibition online.
How To Disappear considers the pervasive modes and technologies of surveillance in the making of contemporary society. This includes subtle and overt practices of racial profiling in public spaces, the distant violence of aerial surveillance, and the silent accumulation and instrumentalisation of algorithmic and digital data.
Working with analogue and digital imaging technologies, found footage and photographs, and more traditional media, participating artists’ reflect on how these surveillance methods render us as visible and visualised subjects. And in some cases, attempt to reclaim a sense of autonomy by revealing how these technologies might be turned towards forms of resistance.
Pernicious forms of surveillance hold a particular resonance in the contemporary moment. Globally, we’re witnessing this in the form of ‘surveillance capitalism’ – a term coined by author Shoshana Zuboff to refer to the use of human experience as free raw material for translation into behavioural data. While earlier this year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) has failed to safeguard South African’s rights to privacy.
The exhibition features work by: Ewa Nowak, Broomberg & Chanarin, Mary Wafer, David Goldblatt, Ja’Tovia Gary, Hyun-Sook Song, mounir fatmi, Jeremy Wafer, Kahlil Joseph and Nolan Oswald Dennis.
Explore the exhibition online [link above].
In South Africa, with an already overwhelmed public health care system, vast numbers of lives are at risk from COVID-19. In response Goodman Gallery today launched a fundraising campaign to support its charity partner Witkoppen Health and Welfare Clinic, a non-profit organisation which services 1.3 million people across the most deprived communities in Johannesburg.
To assist the clinic, Goodman Gallery is selling a series of limited edition blankets designed by gallery artists Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Broomberg & Chanarin, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Samson Kambalu. The entire profits from the sales of the blankets will go directly to Witkoppen Clinic to enable them to engineer new programmes to cope in this moment of great need.
Each blanket is an edition of 50, available for sale for £500. The blankets are available through the gallery and all enquiries should be directed to Kitsi Sebati at firstname.lastname@example.org