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Situated at 56 Church Street, SMITH studio specialises in new works by a broad range of established and emerging artists and, in keeping with its unassuming name, aims to make art ever-more accessible to art lovers and collectors, simultaneously demystifying certain aspects of an often complex art world.
The studio will also work closely with art buyers to establish carefully curated private collections that will ultimately yield not only aesthetic benefit but ultimately financial reward too.
SMITH is delighted to present Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, Thandiwe Msebenzi’s first solo show with the gallery, Utata Undiphotha Inwele (My Father Plaits My Hair). At the heart of this exhibition is Msebenzi’s visceral childhood memory of her father plaiting her hair. This tender memory stands out because, as Thandiwe explains, she was “constantly exposed to violence” while growing up in New Crossroads, Nyanga and as a result “associated violence with masculinity.”
This led her to start questioning the dominant constructions of gender that surrounded her. How
was it that the world told her that all men growing up in neighbourhoods like hers were violent aggressors and that all women were helpless victims when her lived experience said otherwise?
In an earlier body of work, Awundiboni (You Don’t See Me), Msebenzi used her own personal experiences to shine a spotlight on how patriarchy affects women. In this upcoming exhibition, Thandiwe turns the lens on men: “I saw some young men that grew up violent, but at the same time I was blown away by other men around me who grew up in the very same violent environment, but never became violent themselves.”
While the world told her one thing, her own life experiences told her another. This tension gave rise to the exploration of different ways of being a man that Thandiwe explores in her upcoming exhibition.
SMITH presents Bert Pauw’s first solo show at the gallery, Rescue Remedy, a collection of sculpture, photography and tapestry that tracks his transformation of chosen objects to delve into the meditative and therapeutic value of art making.
Pauw’s solo collection comes after five appearances in group shows at SMITH since 2017 and three successive years as part of SMITH’s booth at the Cape Town Art Fair. A graduate of Michaelis in 2015, Pauw was featured among Art Africa’s Bright Young Things in 2017 and recently contributed work to the group show The Main Complaint at ZEITZ MOCAA.
Pauw focuses his interventions on everyday objects, those that are ubiquitous to the point of being ignored. For Rescue Remedy, Pauw works with Fanta tins, Otees boxes and generic plastic carrier bags, all of which are instantly recognisable and familiar - and intentionally so.
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