One of South Africa’s most revered artists, Sam Nhlengethwa, will have his artwork grace the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg from 15 October to 9 November 2016. This solo exhibition titled The Past and the Present… Now is the Time encapsulates a number of themes in various visual art forms accented by historical components. Through this, different individual identities within an ever-evolving African city are brought forward.
Past South African political events that have throughout the years been at the helm of the country’s discourse have inspired his series of five major themes in the exhibition, raising questions around the circumstances that have defined our current socio-political landscape.
The exhibition is made up of lithographic prints, linocuts and mixed media collages, tapestry and archival objects that explore a Drum magazine series in its pursuit to capture the experience of black people in Johannesburg in the years of apartheid, a Recycler series examining the city’s inhabitants and poverty, a series on the 1976 township uprising as a new activist voice was born, a Mzansi Legends series celebrating various black and white local heroes through prints, and a 27 April 1994 series which showcases the historic scenes at the birth of the nation’s democracy. A performance at the public opening on 15 October will also take place.
Working with bespoke contemporary artists whose work seeks to redefine and influence social change, the Goodman Gallery is an internationally renowned contemporary art gallery established in 1966.