Cynics consider Black Portraiture a fad, a boom-bust phenomenon akin to ‘tulipomania’. It cannot be so easily discarded and disregarded. Its impact in America is especially critical, given an incipient civil war and threat to democracy.
Chulumanco “There’s nothing quite as valuable as family for those lucky enough to have one”. “It’s the stick-together family that wins the joys of earth, That hears the sweetest music and that finds the finest mirth; It’s the old home roof that shelters all the charm that life can give; There you find the gladdest play-ground, there the happiest spot to live”.
CTAF 2023: Colourful Thinking "Eclectica contemporary is pleased to present an exciting celebration of color and African identity in our group exhibition, "Colourful Thinking." This vibrant display features works by artists Ayogu Kingsley, Johannes Phokela, Thebe Phetogo, Nedia Were, Bob-Nosa Uwagboe, Dankyi Mensah, Shaquille Aaron Keith, Ley Mboramwe, and Anthony Lane. Through the use of expressive colors and textures, these talented artists capture
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Nedia Were Solo When Nedia Were considers ‘love, connections and relationships’ as ‘the most important aspect in human life’, he is tapping our core longing in a time that has become brutally divisive, hurtful and hateful, in which reason has been vanquished, intuition obliterated, the only call heeded by the majority, trapped in their respective silos, one that
Dark Matter Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to present Dark Matter - a solo presentation by visual artist Lars Fisherdick. Having exhibited on numerous occasions with Eclectica contemporary and globally, Fischedick requires no introduction into the visual art realm. Drawing inspiration from scientific knowledge, his most recent series, titled Dark Matter, showcases the architect turned sculptor’s haptic exploration into materiality and the unknown. Dark
On this occasion, Eclectica presents African portraiture , by renowned artist from the African continent , for whom Marshall is a powerful influence, as is the photographer Zanele Muholi.
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.
At no point in the history of painting has the black body been so exalted, fetishized, or scrutinised. I believed the matter to be one driven by colonial guilt, the attrition of white mythological power, and, in lieu of a more hybrid and global grasp of humanity, the need for revisionism. This greater inclusivity is certainly the case, but so is the ongoing commodification
João Ladeira Crossing Over Crossing Over is a solo exhibition by João Ladeira, featuring mixed media works installed on the ground floor of Eclectica Contemporary’s building. Working mostly with brightly coloured Dutch wax fabric that have become ubiquitous across many African countries, Ladiera’s works reflect on these surfaces that have become a contemporary symbol of African attire and textiles and the bodies that
Margins Eclectica Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of Margins, a group show which runs alongside three adjacent curatorial collaborations taking place in the gallery throughout August and September to celebrate Womxn’s Month. As a womxn run and led gallery based in South Africa, August is a focal month in Eclectica Contemporary’s calendar. Our intentions, as a gallery and as a team,