Exhibitions

Exhibitions produced and/or facilitated by the CHR at UWC are generated under its Aesthetics and Politics research platform, aimed at renewing a humanities inquiry through encounters with the visual and performing arts, and at critically investigating the intersection of the arts, politics, and publics in post-apartheid South Africa.

Amongst other things, exhibitions curated by the CHR have provoked a consideration of issues such as agency, empowerment, received categories of hierarchical distinction, such as the high art/low art dichotomy, exclusions and omissions from the South African art canon, and the desire of the politically subjugated to be human through creativity. As all archives open to the future, they have been designed to stimulates thinking about issues pertaining to notions affecting the human in the postapartheid present, among them the collapse of the community arts movement after 1994, the erosion of a broad-based cultural citizenship, the hyper-professionalism of the art world in which arts and culture function as mega-business (as distinct from the idea of art as a process of humanisation and empowerment), and the decline of creative education in an instrumentalised world, weighted towards science and business education.

New Jerusalem

The CHR is pleased to invite you to the opening of ‘New Jerusalem’, an exhibition of photographic work by the Visual History class of 2017.

Athlone in Mind

An exhibition of commissioned contemporary art, book and digital platform

Voortrekker Gateways Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the opening of ‘Voortrekker Gateways’, an exhibition of work by Visual […]

Visual Gateways Exhibition

Between February and May 2016 postgraduate students in Visual History from UWC took their cameras […]

Exhibition Launch: USAKOS: Photographs beyond Ruins

The Centre for Humanities Research and the Library invite you to the launch of an […]

Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums

  Namibian exhibition on photography and forced removal now opens at the District Six Museum […]

Interruptions: Posters from the Community Arts Project Archive

Open Design Festival, Cape Town City Hall, 13 – 23 August 2014
Quarter Gallery, Regis Centre for Art, University of Minnesota, 18 November – 10 December 2014

Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive

Art.b Gallery, Bellville, 8 May – 18 June 2012

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 18 August 2012 – 12 April 2013

Hidden voices in the arts after apartheid

Iziko South African National Gallery (Iziko SANG), 16 February 2013

The CHR fellowship programme will continue in 2021 primarily through online platforms. Regulations permitting, the CHR plans to host limited live events in compliance with current COVID-19 protocols. Please follow our events page for updates about seminars, workshops, and arts events.

For queries, please email us at

centreforhumanitiesresearch@uwc.ac.za

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