Our intentions, as a gallery and as a team, have always been to provide a platform that highlights and celebrates the narratives of and from the African continent and so, by hosting a group exhibition in August each year, our focus turns towards sharing the stories of woman and non-binary artists. This means turning towards conversations around the impact of gender, its definitions, and the constraints that shape and reflect society at large.
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Bad Posture Eclectica Contemporary is excited to present Bad Posture, a group show that aims to sidestep the trap of traditional portraiture and leap into the realm of unconventional, tongue-in-cheek reflections. The common thread is that the artists are all born in the 90s, have a sense of dystopian optimism, and are all from the African continent. Although this generation look a lot like Millennials,
In our desire to continually explore black voices and experiences, we are adding new faces to this ongoing dialogue. The African continent and the journey of its diaspora is a complex topic in its rich diversity, contextual detail and historical references. African narratives are laden in intersectionality, with conflicting aspects that are entwined in peoples’ reality and lives. These conversations and instances reverberate through Black African identities. The figures in this exhibition embody love, strength, perseverance and pride. Each depicts a presence of liveliness, a determination of uplifted consciousness and the reclamation of dignity, commanding the viewer’s attention.
Eclectica Contemporary’s exhibition for this year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair is a celebration of pan-African creative expression, showcasing artists from South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria. Our selection of artists all echoes the vibrancy and energy of the African continent through expressive colors, textures, and design while contributing to the larger discussion of African identity. The work is diverse in conceptual and thematic grounding,
Recorded history is foremost the story of conquerors. Real history is something different. We have invited two multidisciplinary African artists, Williams Chechet (Nigeria) and LegakwanaLeo Makgekgenene (Botswana), to investigate narratives and contested African histories through a digital lens.With titles such as Watch The Throne and What is your Dream, Chechet’s artworks become sites of disruption and interrogation of historical iconography. Recycling logos, text and
As Cape Town turns to summer, the art world is warming to a new way of exhibiting the talent popping up all around the city. Opting for events that move on almost as soon as they appear, there is a shift away from overlong, classical exhibition structures. Friends of Friends and Eclectica Contemporary are coming together to present a pop-up exhibition showcasing a unique
Eclectica Contemporary is excited to take part in ART x Lagos 2021 Online. This year’s presentation is a celebration of pan-African expression, showcasing artists from South Africa, Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and Egypt.
Eclectica Contemporary’s presentation for this year’s FNB Art Joburg is a celebration of pan-African creative practice with a focus on color, texture and afrocentric identity. Showcasing artists from the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa, the group of artists all contribute to the ongoing dialogue of contemporary African portraiture. These varied renderings make many statements, ask many questions or simply makes us pause
Eclectica Contemporary is excited to present Ofentse Seshabela’s second solo exhibition titled Smoking Gun, following his successful solo debut Democrazy in 2020. Seshabela implements the technique of smoke drawing in order to deliberately distort and blur the politically loaded content he has become known for. Through Seshabela’s lens the viewer is invited to engage in a larger conversation of blackness and resistance.
A New World Order refers the group of artists accompanying Ofentse’s work throughout the gallery. Onyis Martin tackles issues of capitalism and housing in Johannesburg, while Asanda Kupa’s distorted figures echoes the streets of the Eastern Cape. Hussein Salim is a painter who uses nostalgia to connect to his homeland in Sudan. Twenty One year old emerging artist Ian Banja is fascinated by everyday fashion and street scenes from Kenya in his struggles series he depicts the everyday obstacles faced by his peers.