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.

Remembering Tony Morphet

The CHR turns to its archive to recall the life of Anthony Richard Morphet, who passed away on 2 May 2021.

Chumisa Fihla’s inaugural exhibition at the AVA gallery

The Centre for Humanities Research is pleased to announce the opening of artist in residence in visual arts, Chumisa Fihla’s inaugural exhibition “Legae/Kayalethu” at the AVA Gallery opening on the 26 November 2020.

The Humanities in Session with Kitso Lelliott

The CHR’s A.W.Mellon Artist in Residence in Image and postdoctoral fellow, Kitso Lelliott was invited by the Kunstverein Braunschweig , Germany to create a work of video installations for the exhibition, THE FACULTY OF SENSING – Thinking With, Through, and by Anton Wilhelm Amo.

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.

Hasan and Husain Essop

Athlone in Mind

Zyma Amien

Athlone in Mind

Athlone in Mind

Athlone in Mind is a digital platform, book (edited by Heidi Grunebaum), and exhibition of commissioned contemporary art – a group show curated by Kurt Campbell.

The CHR is happy to announce artist Jane Alexander as festival artist for the CHCI

The CHR is happy to announce artist Jane Alexander as festival artist for the CHCI […]

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 […]

People You May Know: A Performance at the Factory of the Arts

People You May Know was a collaborative performance and exhibition featuring Dathini Mzayiya, Brydon Bolton, Reza Khota, Thokozani Mthiyane, and Daniel Grey, held at the Factory of the Arts.

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.

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