Twenty, Main Gallery, Turchin center 2014©Jaime Johnson 

TWENTY: Contemporary Art From South Africa

The following information about this past Turchin Center exhibition is kept here for archival purposes only. This exhibition is not currently on display. View current and upcoming exhibitions.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Community Gallery, Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, East Wing


As South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, having made a peaceful transition from apartheid state to a new and more equitable dispensation, this show seeks to show a slice of South African existence through contemporary art. 

While it is in celebration of this milestone, the exhibition itself does not necessarily unpack the notion of democracy but rather looks across the scope of what it means to have been a South African over the last 20 years. 

The show thus explores issues of social conditions, like land issues, HIV/Aids and resistance art and juxtaposes these with more positive aspects like the Mandela years and the influence of traditional craft on contemporary South African art. 

Exhibition co curated by Gordon Froud and TCVA Director Hank Foreman 

 Twenty, Main Gallery, Turchin Center 2014  ©Jaime Johnson 

About the Guest Curator 

Gordon Froud (b. 1963, Johannesburg) is a South African artist and curator. Froud’s work has been showcased in hundreds of exhibitions throughout South Africa and the world, and he has served as a judge for several national art competitions. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Merit Award for Sculpture in the 1988 New Signatures Competition and an ABSA Gold Medal for contribution to the arts in 2005. Froud has also spent many years working as an art educator at both the secondary and tertiary level in London and South Africa. Perhaps known best for his use of found and untraditional materials in his sculptures, Froud attempts to explore the human condition in his work, particularly with regard to DNA, babies, genetics, bacteria, viruses and self-portraits. He currently balances his art practice and curation with running his own Gordart Gallery, which focuses on developing previously little-known artists.

Gordon Fraud

 Gordon Fraud
Photo by: Brendan Croft

Twenty, Main Gallery, Turchin Center 2014 ©Jaime Johnson 

 

 

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