Fried Contemporary presents: ‘Beyond the Academy’, Curated by Simon Radebe

Opening Thursday 3 December from 6-8pm

Exhibition concludes Saturday 16 January 2016 @ 2pm


“The University should be a place of experimentation”, Simon Njami 2013.

‘Beyond the Academy’ is a group exhibition that showcases works by selected artists who have recently completed tertiary education. The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long internship programme undertaken by Simon Radebe at Fried Contemporary art gallery in Brooklyn, Pretoria.

Radebe’s curatorial framework draws inspiration from an essay written by Simon Njami (b 1962). The essay is titled: “Fictional Faculties” and published in Art as a thinking Process, Visual Forms of Knowledge Production”, 2013. A writer and independent curator, he has been hugely influential in the presentation and exhibition of art from Africa on numerous international platforms. Radebe takes Njami’s lead that artists and the work they produce are influenced and shaped by the pedagogical vernacular that is inherent in academic institutions. And that these spaces should be laboratories of some kind, where visual experimentation allows for knowledge production and positive conversation amongst art students and their contemporaries.  

As a recent art graduate himself, and being actively involved in art related community projects, Radebe views tertiary institutions as the primary springboard from where future artists are borne. Galleries and similar platforms also have a responsibility to support young talent, and in so doing, mould opportunities and careers for aspiring artists.

The exhibition will be on view in Room 2 of the gallery, until Saturday 16 January 2016. Please join us for a glass of wine on the evening of Thursday 3 December from 6-8pm.

Artists included in the exhibition include:

Megan Erasmus, Cara-Jo Tredoux, Iandi Barkhuizen, Liesl Roos, J.C Bölke, Tercia Seemela, Matilda Engelblik, Thabang Monoa, Katlego Modiri, Karin Smith, Philiswa Lila, Cedrick Kwata, Kgotso Pati,Michael Selekane, Nkhensani Rehlampfu

 An article on the exhibition by Phunzo Sidofi, Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology has been written on this show.

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