Nelisiwe Xaba, Bang Bang Wo, 2017. Photo Candida Merwe

Hosted at the NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, this winter exhibition is a collaboration between the NIROX Foundation, South Africa and Wanås Konst, The Wanås Foundation, Sweden. The exhibition is an exchange between sculpture parks on two continents looking at individual artistic practices as overlapping dialogues and it brings forward contemporary concerns and working methods related to sculpture.

The NIROX Foundation and Wanås Konst are pleased to announce that the following artists will participate: Jane Alexander (SA), Beth Armstrong (SA), Lena Cronqvist (SE), Latifa Echakhch (MA/FR), Frances Goodman (SA), Lungiswa Gqunta (SA), Lubaina Himid (ZAN/UK), Mwangi Hutter (KE/GER), Ayana V Jackson (US), Bronwyn Katz (SA), Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind (SE), Marcia Kure (NIG/US), Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE),  Esther Mahlangu (SA), Caroline Mårtensson (SE), Whitney McVeigh (UK), Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland/SA), Sethembile Msezane (SA), Zanele Muholi (SA), Yoko Ono (Japan/US), Claudette Shreuders (SA), Mary Sibande (SA), Sophia van Wyk (SA),  Nelisiwe Xaba (SA).

The exhibition combines existing works with new productions that will occupy and transform the landscape. Titled NOT A SINGLE STORY, the exhibition is dominated by women artists in a response to a very singular art history. The artists represent a diversity of perspectives as they range from forerunners to emerging artists within contemporary art in South Africa, the African diaspora, Sweden and internationally. Notable is the participation of Yoko Ono, often seen as the grandmother of conceptual and performance art, who is presenting Wish Trees, an instruction-based work that she has realised in different parts of the world. This will be the first time that Yoko Ono exhibits in Africa and she has titled her iteration for NIROX Wish Trees for Hope.

Now 82, Esther Mahlangu has become iconic. She is known for her colourful paintings that bridge contemporary disciplines such as pop art, abstraction and traditional Ndebele paintings. Following the customs passed down from generations of women in her family, her brightly-coloured murals have captured the attention of audiences around the globe. For NOT A SINGLE STORY Mahlangu will present a mural on an existing building, with her characteristic pattern of colour and geometric abstraction.

The NIROX Foundation and Wanås Konst are proud to announce the participation of 2017 Turner Prize Winner, Lubaina Himid. For the first time. Himid will be exhibiting in Africa, the continent of her birth. She will show the work Vernet’s Studio, an installation featuring representations of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo and Betye Saar. Himid sometimes describes her work as an invitation to a conversation “My way of getting conversation going, or getting people to take action, is by drawing them in and saying: ‘You bring your baggage, your opinion, your life and I’ll bring mine – and let’s try to talk about it”

Leading South African artist Jane Alexander will exhibit Security. This is the second time Alexander will exhibit in the NIROX Sculpture Park after showing in 2010. Security continues Alexander’s language concerned with borders, security and displacement. We are also pleased to welcome back Beth Diane ArmstrongFrances GoodmanWhitney McVeighNandipha MntamboMary Sibande and Nelisiwe Xaba for NOT A SINGLE STORY.

NOT A SINGLE STORY will showcase work from Africa and the diaspora with the inclusion of Kenyan-German artists Mwangi Hutter, American-South African artist Ayana V Jackson, U.S-based Nigerian artist Marcia Kure and Moroccan-French artist Latifa Echakhch.

Emerging artists in the exhibition include Bronwyn KatzSophia van WykSethembile Msezane and Lungiswa Gqunta who close the loop on the generational dialogue between artists. They will exhibit for the first time at the NIROX Sculpture Park as well as the Sweden-based artists Lena CronqvistGunilla Klingberg and Peter GeschwindMarianne Lindberg De Geer, and Caroline Mårtensson who all are introduced to a South African audience for the first time.

A collaboration between the NIROX Foundation, South Africa and Wanås Konst, Sweden
Curators: Elisabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givell, Wanås Konst, Sweden
Founder and Director NIROX Foundation: Benji Liebmann
Co-curators: Jessica Doucha & Khumo Sebambo

NIROX Sculpture Park