SAN FRANCISCO—”Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa” explores race, politics, crime, economics and gender and sexuality issues, the contentious and evolving matters that are central to defining South Africa today and determining its future tomorrow. The exhibition includes the work of 25 contemporary artists and collectives working in a range of mediums, from photography, video, sculpture and painting to publications.
According to the center, the exhibition “reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change, vividly showing public life there in a more complex light.”
Currently undergoing a renovation, SFMOMA continues to present programming by partnering with other arts institutions. “Public Intimacy” is a collaboration between YBCA and SFMOMA, and features works from the museum’s collection of South African photography.
Read more about the exhibition in the accompanying 200-page catalogue.
“Public Intimacy” is on view from Feb. 21 to June 29, 2014. This is the last weekend of the exhibition.
All photos by Arts Observer
Documentation of Ruth Simbao’s “Performa Obscura” in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky, commissioned for the 2012 exhibition “Making Way” in Grahamstown, South Africa (aqueous inkjet prints, printed in 2014) by Athi-Patra Ruga.
Selections from the “Face and Phases” series, 2006-ongoing (gelatin silver prints) by Zanele Muholi. The portraits of black lesbians are intended to allow the women to “present themselves as they want to be seen.”
Also of interest: Yale University Art Gallery is currently showing “Contemporary Art/South Africa.” The exhibition is on view from May 9 to Sept. 14, 2014.