No Fixed Abode | 14 Aug - 1 Nov 2014

No Fixed Abode | 14 Aug – 1 Nov 2014

Igshaan Adams | Malala Andrialavidrazana | Berry Bickle | Dineo Seshee Bopape | Jacques Coetzer | Meschac Gaba | David Goldblatt | Haroon Gunn-Salie | Dan Halter | Moshekwa Langa | Gerald Machona | Mario Macilau | Misheck Masamvu |
Serge Alain Nitegeka | Mauro Pinto | Athi-Patra Ruga | Barthélémy Toguo |
Sue Williamson | James Webb

It is all very well to go travelling, but one of the inescapable consequences of letting go or getting lost is that you can never really go home as the same “someone” that you were before. During the history of Modernity, most people thought the loss of “home” was a tragedy: today, art suggests it may sometimes be one of life’s little necessities.
– Kobena Mercer

This spring The New Church Museum presents No Fixed Abode, an exhibition curated by Candice Allison, that features the work of a diverse group of African artists, all of whom present works that address the ephemeral nature of home. A fundamental characteristic of contemporary art is the constant movement of artists and artworks, curators and cultural producers, ideas, concepts and information. Thomas McEvilly describes this as cultural nomadism, referring to persons who regularly travel, migrate, cross boundaries; who literally have no fixed home. Using this as a starting point, No Fixed Abode offers a platform for dialogue about how artists negotiate notions of home, nationality and identity in a globalised world, and includes a combination of works drawn from The New Church Museum’s permanent collection, on loan from private and corporate collections, or produced especially for the exhibition.

Drawing on the museum’s setting within a converted house, many of the works included are concerned with shifting attitudes towards family, community and hospitality. The common thread running through the works is an ambiguity, an unease that seems to underlie the ideals of home, an acceptance, and ultimately, a letting go.

“Where is home? Well… I carry it with me, in my suitcase, the books I like to read, my personal things… so, I suppose, it must be wherever I am.” - Barthelemy Toguo (Cameroon)

Exhibition Opening:
13 August 2014, 6-8pm

Curatorial Walkabout:
16 August 2014, 11am
Join us for this free tour of the exhibition with the curator, Candice Allison.

Panel Discussion:
26 August 2014, 6.30pm
‘On the Road: Travel, knowledge transfer and crossing boundaries in Contemporary Art’
Speakers: James Webb, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Professor Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Stacy Hardy and Candice Allison
Entrance is free but space is limited, therefore booking is essential.
Email to reserve your seat.

Berry Bickle’s participation in this exhibition is made possible with an inter-institutional loan from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Malala Andrialavidrazana’s participation in this exhibition and the panel discussion is made possible with kind support from the Institut Français South Africa.