Once When We Were Free

Heidi Erdmann and Giordano Raffaelli’s collaborative partnership dates back to 1997 when the two met. Their exchange program had lead to numerous projects including solo, group and museum exhibitions in both Italy and South Africa; it launched the international careers of Conrad Botes and Bobby Bobson and facilitated the continuation of international exposure for Willie Bester. Their program created opportunities for South African artists to participate in international art fairs (in the late 1990’s) and saw the publication of numerous and innovative exhibition catalogues. Their current collaborative exhibition includes early works by Bester, Bobson and Botes. View Work

Jan Smith on his Image-Making

It must be a place that is abandoned recently, within the span of a generation or two. It must have scale, it is not enough to have a couple of buildings one can find those almost anywhere - there should be enough size so that when one walks through the ruins the history of the place emerges. There must be a significant social or historical weight attached to that place, this can be subtle, such as the first place where images of the far side of the Moon, or Venus where seen, or it can be enormous as the site of the largest nuclear accident, Chernobyl. But most importantly, these are places that are pushed to the edge of social memory soon after they are abandoned. Igrushka

Karlien De Villiers’ Latest Work

The characters and creatures that inhabit de Villiers’ works are all caught between conflicting emotions. The awkwardness of gender and sex intermingle with anxiety, desire, cruelty and a sense of longing and displacement create complex phantasmagorical dreamscapes. The often playful whimsy seems to be at frivolous odds with something threatening and unheimlich lurking somewhere beneath the surface or behind the scenes. A palpable sense of doom meets colourful comic art and an off-beat sense of humour. “I want my work to take you on a trip into the dark subconscious nooks and crannies of the post-feminist 21st century.”

View de Villiers’ latest paintings and new works on paper, including the highly successful series, Favourite Book Cover. New Work

Watch an Interviewproduced by Elizabeth Harney and Diane Frankel.

Bauer Retrospective

Derek Bauer (1957 - 2001) was a cartoonist who became well-known for his inherently irreverent cartoons and caricatures of politicians and other prominent figures during the troubled, apartheid stricken South Africa in the mid to late 1980’s. He expressed his fiercely independent and challenging views through the critical art of cartooning; his cartoons appeared in the alternative newspaper, Weekly Mail . His retrospective Alternative Press - Works by Derek Bauer,curated by Heidi Erdmann and Andrea Lewis went on view at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2017/2018.

Derek Bauer Biography About the Exhibition
Bauer’s Cartoons
Erdmann’s article published in Dante Mag, London

Brandan Reynolds

A selection of work by practicing cartoonist, Brandan (pen-name) was presented as a contemporary capsule within the retrospective, Alternative Press - Works by Derek Bauer to highlight the development of this medium in South Africa. The exhibition also included is a filmed conversation between Brandan and Zapiro in which they pay homage to Bauer and share their thoughts on the current (desperate) plight of the alternative press in South Africa.
Brandan Biography Brandan Cartoons

Nomusa Makhubu Catalogue

Our latest publication Nomusa Makhubu Intertwined 2005 - 2017 is now available for sale from the gallery and select bookstores.

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi writes that Makhubu seeks the intersection of the personal and the political in examining the full import of history. Her work destabilizes assumed truths and charts complex narratives about the indexed black image. Her idea of “performed photography,” a strategy in which she combines her own image and appropriated archival or canonical photographs to disrupt, question, or revise normative historical narratives, represents a kind of collective-self excoriation in which she acknowledges and engages the past in order to gain a profound understanding of the way in which entrenched repressive structures have shaped or continue to condition systems of representations.

Makhubu in Berlin

Makhubu’s photographs are included in Beyond Compare: Art from Africa in the Bode-Museum. The exhibition introduces superlative works of art from Africa from the Ethnologisches Museum into the peerless sculpture collection of the Bode-Museum. Pairs of sculptures from both continents will be placed throughout the permanent collection and a special-exhibition gallery will address specific themes. The act of comparing and identifying is therefore not neutral, but charged with socially defined prejudices, conventions, and constructions of history. It also governed by the experiences of the individuals who draw the comparisons. Defining two things as similar or different is often related to power. The process of comparison is thus closely tied to questions of collection history, aesthetics, colonialism, and gender.

Qampi’s new series

Inside My Heart originated with a poem written by Lindeka Qampi and is dedicated to her late mother. Each word of this poem is illustrated with self-portraits and images of Qampi’s own children. While on residency in Sardinia in December 2015, Qampi produced this video which enabled her to combine her photography with music.
The series is on-going and has developed to also include drawings, paintings and installation based works by the artist.

Since 2012 Lindeka Qampi and Zanele Muholi have worked independently and as a team to expose the violence and inequality faced by girls and women across the continent, and in particular gender-based violence in the LBGTI community. They were recipients of BRAVE AWARD 2016, in the Art and Activism category.

Manfred Zylla

Manfred Zylla dropped out of school, became an apprentice at a printing firm and started painting. It was 1956 and he was then living in Augsburg, Germany. Having personally experienced discrimination against his deaf parents, he made it his life mission to use his art as a tool of action against all social injustices. During the 1980’s and then living in South Africa, Zylla produced some of his most confrontational works, all highly critical of the Apartheid regime. For more information about this artist and resistance art as a genre, please refer to our publication Manfred Zylla Art & Resistance .

The Photographers Gallery ZA

Founded by Heidi Erdmann in 2001, this gallery has a long history of launching and developing careers and hosting important group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions by South African photographers include, Guy Tillim, George Hallett, Jurgen Schadeberg, Roger Ballen and Patricia Driscoll. The newly launched website features work by familiar South African names and select international portfolio’s from China, Japan and South Korea.
The Photographers Gallery ZA.

Photography Festivals in China

My experience of China is limited to participating in photography festivals, Asleep in front of the Camera is an article I wrote for Art South Africa recounting these experiences at two such festivals, namely, the Dali International Photography Exhibition (DIPE) in Dali, and the Pingyao International Photography Exhibition (PIP) in Pingyao; the latter being the most well known and best attended festival in the country. Read the article here.

Art Basel Hong Kong

My introduction into the Asian art market came late (in 2012) and it came via an invitation to participate in a photography festival. In that same year, and prior to my first trip to China, I also accepted an invitation to attend the Hong Kong Art Fair, unbeknownst to me then, it would be the final edition of that particular fair. It became Art Basel Hong Kong in 2013 and with the exception of 2015, I have attended every edition since. In the articles below, I recount my impressions in March 2014 and March 2016 All images referenced in this text are courtesy of Carsten Rasch and can be viewed on our Facebook page

Studio Photography

View The Photographers Gallery ZA‘s online exhibition, Studio Photography. The exhibition references the Bobson Studio Portraits and contemporary Indian studio photographs from the Satish Sharma collection. Gallery represented photographer Lindeka Gloria Qampi’s photographs, taken in a make-shift studio in Delft, Cape Town, are also included.

The accompanying essay pays homage to Sukdeo Bobson Mohanlall, South Africa’s most celebrated studio photographer.

Grada Djeri Estate News

The Grada Djeri Estate has released a single original hand-print, signed and printed by the artist. Grada Djeri (1956 - 2014) was long admired for his unique developing technique and his love for printing on substrates other than photographic paper.
This rare, 1/1 photograph titled I Sea You can be viewed at the gallery. A limited edition digital print of another well known Grada Djeri image, entitled Hug, has also been released.
Installation Images
Jorge Sierra Rubia’s Portraits

Pierre Crocquet Estate

Pierre Crocquet Estate has appointed The Photographers Gallery ZA in Cape Town to manage the release of a selection of limited edition prints. All photographs were printed by Silvertone International, Johannesburg, who worked with Crocquet until his death in 2013.
Crocquet published five photography books, US, On Africa Time, Enter Exit, Sound Check and Pinky Promise. In 2012 he received an Alan Paton Non-Fiction Honorary Mention for Pinky Promise.

Interview with Dodho Magazine

Dodho Magazine is a free independent magazine based in Barcelona, and “features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.” Since its launch in April 2013, dodho.com has continued to be the fastest growing photography magazine, and currently has more than 750,000 annual hits. Read Interview

South Africa through the eyes of a Gallerist

In celebration of her longstanding contributions to the establishment of the local art scene and Erdmann Contemporary’s new location at 84 Kloof Street, Between10and5 caught up with Heidi Erdmann to find out about her views on the development of the South African art market, the importance of content-rich exhibitions and some of the challenges facing gallerists in South Africa today.

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