Pausing in 2017

My foremost objective, as a career gallerist, at the helm of a commercial enterprise, is the development and promotion of the inventory of the artists that I represent. However, after twenty three years in a fast evolving industry it was time to push the pause button. In 2017 I will be using my time to brush up on contemporary discourse and finally produce a research paper dedicated to the photography of Roger Ballen. The gallery space at 84 Kloof Street, Cape Town will re-open in January 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates on exhibitions being hosted elsewhere.

Nomusa Makhubu Catalogue

Erdmann Contemporary is pleased to announce the launch Nomusa Makhubu’s catalogue Intertwined. The publication includes a selection of Makhubu’s photographs produced between 2005 and 2017. The official launch is on 24 May at the Johannes Stegman Art Gallery at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. Makhubu will be present at the launch.
This launch coincides with the opening of Makhubu’s solo exhibition at the same venue. We would like to acknowledge the support of the curator Angela de Jesus, and the university for its financial contribution to the exhibition and the production cost of the catalogue. We would also like to acknowledge the support of all the individuals and institutions who have assisted along the way, in turning this idea into a reality. The catalogue will be launched in Cape Town, at a date soon to be announced. Contact the gallery for further information.

Roos scoops Top Prizes

Nicola Roos was awarded the The Simon Gerson Prize: This prestigious prize is co-awarded to students who produce an outstanding body of work. As well as the The Michaelis Prize: This is the most prestigious prize awarded annually to the most outstanding body of work produced by a student during their final year. Awarded by Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, on 24 February 2017.

View the award-winning works in the Exhibition Catalogue produced by the artist as part of her coursework. This young graduate, credited for having “uncovered” the forgotten history of Yasuke, is also taking the medium of recycled inner tyre tubing onto another level.

The story of Yasuke

Massimo Gava, chief editor at DanteMag was so impressed by Roos’ sculptures that he commissioned a lead story, and featured one of her sculptures on the cover of the July 2016 edition of the magazine DanteMag. In 2017 Roos writes: “my interest in colonial history and the commemorations of abstruse individuals was sparked be the little-known narrative of Yasuke and the myriad of socio-cultural implications that ripple outwards from this remarkable man in Africa and abroad”. Yasuke, the name given to the only known black samurai in recorded history, was the inspiration for Roos’ 2015 series, No Man’s Land.

Nomusa Makhubu Exhibitions

Makhubu was included in the two person exhibition, SEEING Ourselves / Themselves along with Lindeka Qampi which was recently on view at the North-West University Gallery in Potchefstroom. Her next exhibition Intertwined 2005 - 2017 opens on 24 May at the Johannes Stegman Art Gallery at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. The long awaited catalogue of her career work thus far, is in the production and will be launched at this opening.
Her works are featured in the June edition of GUP Magazine, an international authoritative publication on photography, connecting its communities with the sharpest conceptual photography, the latest photo books, and compelling writings about the contemporary world of photography.

Cape Town Art Fair 2017

Our gallery participated in the fifth edition of the Cape Town Art Fair which took place from 17 - 19 February 2017. We exhibited a new sculpture by Nicola Roos and a new series of photographs by Hennric Jokeit.

We were also very pleased to have multiple award winning Johannesburg based artist Khehla Chepape Makgato on view at our booth, this was his debut at this fair.

Lindeka Qampi launched her latest photographs from Inside My Heart series and Eleanor Turvey combined collage and animation in an impressive interactive five panel piece.

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.

Qampi releases new series

Inside My Heart originated with a poem written to the artist’s late mother and is illustrated with self-portraits and images of Qampi’s children. While on residency in Sardinia in December 2015, Qampi produced this video which enabled her to combine her photography with music.

Since 2012 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 & Activism category.

Jokeit’s Latest Photographs

In early 2016 Swiss photographer Hennric Jokeit launched his now much acclaimed exhibition and book Negative Vision both in South Africa and in Europe.
Fellow photographer Roger Ballen wrote that: Negative Vision is a book of images that transforms the mind in such a way that the dark becomes the light. These powerful images have the ability to resonate deep inside our cores”.
We are now pleased to announced that Jokeit’s latest series, Migrations was launched in South Africa at the Cape Town Art Fair in February 2017. The exhibition will be in Johannesburg in July 2017.

For more information on this series please find the Migrations Artist Statement and Danny Shorken’s review Migrations Review.

Manfred Zylla - A Brief Summary

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. In 2009, at the Havana Biennale, Zylla believes that he finally found a platform sympathetic to the genre of Resistance Art.

Cover image for Qampi

Lindeka Qampi developed an interest in photography more than a decade ago. Within a few years, she had made it her career. Her early photographs where mostly taken in the streets of Khayelitsha and that series now known as Daily Lives is one of the most important collection within the genre of street photography. In 2015 Qampi turned the lens onto herself to produce the series Inside My Heart. Jacana Publishers selected this self-portrait as cover image for their book, Sol Plaatje Poetry, European Union Poetry Anthology Volume VI.

Qampi’s latest photographs will go on view at the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg in July.

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.

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.

Derek Bauer Estate Editions

Bauer, who died in 2001 was a political cartoonist, graphic activist and artist 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 1980’s. He expressed his fiercely independent and challenging views through the critical art of cartooning.

A selection of Bauer’s work, released through the Derek Bauer Estate Editions is now available through ErdmannContemporary.
Visit the Derek Bauer Estate Editions website for more information.

Heidi Erdmann is currently working on a museum retrospective of Bauer’s life-work which will go on view in September 2017.

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.
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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, 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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