FOREX


Foreign exchange, or Forex, typifies the interconnectedness of global networks of information. This project series, run from 2009 - 2012, used Forex as a metaphor for an exchange of artistic ideas with a world beyond Africa.

Themes prevalent in South African art - history, politics, marginality and, more broadly, the human condition - appear to differ starkly from the dominant concerns of international contemporary art. Looking at Europe and the United States (still the heart of the art world, despite its internationalisation) from elsewhere, it can be difficult to relate to the coldness, cynicism and self-referential nature of much of the work and the surrounding debates. As a result, it is tempting to retreat into an oppositional stance, one that pits concerns of the periphery against those of the centre, the outsider against the system.

The system, however, is kaleidoscopic in nature. When we start looking carefully, we see glimpses of ourselves in the little pieces of coloured glass that make up the larger pattern. Artists (and curators) exist whose concerns parallel our own, and who are operating within the museums, galleries, art fairs and biennales that make up the mainstream art world. By bringing minds like these to South Africa, the FOREX series aimed to seek out affinities, illustrate shared frames of reference and explore intellectual kinship.

29 November 2012 - 12 January 2013
YANG FUDONG, YTO BARRADA, YAEL BARTANA
included on the group exhibition Fiction as Fiction (or, A Ninth Johannesburg Biennale)

4 April - 19 May 2012
DILLER + SCOFIDIO, STAN DOUGLAS, OLAFUR ELIASSON, FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES,
PIERRE HUYGHE, ISAAC JULIEN, WANGECHI MUTU, YINKA SHONIBARE MBE

included on the group exhibition Trade Routes Over Time

1 December 2011 - 14 January 2012
FRANCIS ALŸS, GLENN LIGON, ERNESTO NETO, ZINA SARO-WIWA
included on the group exhibition What we talk about when we talk about love

25 October - 25 November 2011
ALEXANDER APÓSTOL Yamaikaleter

8 September - 20 October 2011
KEREN CYTTER The Hottest Day of the Year

1 March - 9 April 2011
RINEKE DIJKSTRA Ruth Drawing Picasso

21 October - 27 November 2010
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA Fishermen (Études no 1)

9 September - 16 October 2010
DJ SPOOKY Kino-Glaz

29 July - 4 September 2010
DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER Noreturn

3 June - 24 July 2010
THIS IS OUR TIME

22 April - 29 May 2010
GLENN LIGON Neither Here nor There

11 March - 17 April 2010
WALID RAAD We Decided to Let Them Say 'We Are Convinced' Twice. It Was More Convincing This Way

21 January - 6 March 2010
THOMAS HIRSCHHORN Black & White Hemisphere

1 October - 21 November 2009
LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE Pleased to Meet You

6 August - 26 September 2009
ZINEB SEDIRA MiddleSea

4 June - 1 August 2009
ZINA SARO-WIWA This is My Africa