Good Neighbours will open to the public on 7 – 8 May 2022. Following the successful inaugural OPEN LABORATORY Winter Sculpture Exhibition in 2017, NIROX extends its partnership with local universities to include public and private institutions across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, and Botswana to co-develop and present an evolving programme of exhibitions, residencies, workshops, talks, and a concert.
Good Neighbours provides a timely reflection on the relations amongst South Africans and our neighbours in the face of growing global instability. It supports the work of more than 30 artists, 24 of whom have received grants from the Claire and Edoardo Villa Will Trust to produce new work on the given theme. Partner institutions include the University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State, and Tshwane University of Technology. The exhibition is supported by the Portuguese Embassy to South Africa.
The opening weekend will include a series of curator-led walkabouts; performances by Bontle Tau (Spirit to Spirit – Dust to Dust), Janine Allen (On the shoulders of giants), and a collaborative sound performance by Daniel Gray, Tubatsi Moloi, and Andrei van Wyk (Slow Sonics); screenings of films by Liam Brickhill and Anel Wessels (Petrichor), Dane Armstrong and Linzi Lewis (De|Composition), Carla Bussitil and Gary Charles (Mosquito Lightning), Timothy Gabb (Lost Carts of the Karoo) and Sifiso Khanyile (Reclaimers); and a musical performance by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yusuf Essop (NIROX)
Sven Christian (NIROX)
Wilma Mutize (University of Johannesburg)
Genre Pretorius (University of Pretoria)
Tshegofatso Seoka (Tshwane University of Technology)
Tammi Mbambo (University of the Witwatersrand)
Lyrene Kühn-Botma (University of the Free State)
Jade Nair (University of Cape Town)
Dominick Maiar Tanner (Angola)
Obed Mokhuhlani (Botswana)
Guiyani Monteiro (Mozambique)
(National Gallery of Zimbabwe)
(National Gallery of Namibia)
Visual Art Forum for Educators in Southern Africa (VAFESA)
Collen Maswanganyi (South Africa)
Lunch at ‘And then there was fire…’ (separate booking essential – andthentherewasfire.com) or take your pick from gourmet food-stalls in the Water Pavilion