Once When We Were Free

Heidi Erdmann and Giordano Raffaelli met in Cape Town in 1997; they decided to collaborate and developed a program of exhibition exchanges between South Africa and Italy. This synergy lead to numerous projects including solo, group and museum exhibitions and launched the international careers of Conrad Botes and Bobby Bobson and facilitated the continuation of international exposure for Willie Bester. The program created opportunities for South African artists’ participation in international art fairs and the publication of numerous and innovative exhibition catalogues. This exhibition, hosted in association with Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, includes early works by Bester, Bobson and Botes. View Work. Manfred Zylla is also included.

Karlien De Villiers’ Latest Work

De Villiers is currently working on her second graphic novel which will be launched in France in 2018. The characters and creatures that inhabit her 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 her latest paintings and new works on paper, including the highly successful series, Favourite Book Cover. New Work
Interview from South African Studio Visits 2011 produced by Elizabeth Harney and Diane Frankel.

Turvey & Makgato

Eleanor Turvey and Chepape Khehla Makgato met in Cape Town in February 2017. They are both collage artists, both favouring portraiture and therefore immediately decided to collaborate. Makgato came to Cape Town for a photo shoot after which Turvey prepared their “canvasses”. The seven panels were send to Makgato in Johannesburg who added his distinct signature with fabrics and paint, then Turvey added hers, delicately cut canvas strips and text. Their intention with the piece is to: “embrace our differences; learn from each other and celebrate our shared vision of empowerment and prosperity for all.” It is our hope to encourage collaborations across race, creed, gender and age. The series is titled: The Future is a Collaboration (Heal the Divisions of the Past).

Bauer Retrospective

Derek Bauer 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 by means of a weekly published drawing in the Weekly Mail newspaper.
A retrospective of his cartoons, titled Alternative Press and curated by Heidi Erdmann and Andrea Lewis was on view at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town until 1 April 2018.

Derek Bauer Biography
About the Exhibition
Dante Mag Article

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 . This inclusion highlights the development of the medium of cartooning in South Africa. Also included is a filmed conversation between Brandan and Zapiro in which they pay homage to Derek Bauer and share their insights into the plight of the alternative press.

Brandan Biography 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.

Nomusa 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 releases 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 attending and participating in photography festivals in that country. Asleep in front of the Camera is an article I wrote for Art South Africa recounting my 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 one of 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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