Dan Halter and Siwa Mgoboza at Nanjing International Art Festival

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Dan Halter and Siwa Mgoboza have been included in the The Third Nanjing International Art Festival in China. Historicode: Scarcity and Supply opens on the 12th of November 2016 and will be on show until the 12th of February 2017.

Regardless of your viewpoint regarding the contemporary, it would be connected with your view of the Renaissance, because we have not completely emerged from Ruskin’s era, given that we still use the internal combustion engine and petroleum remains the main source of energy and may remain so for many years yet. A discussion of the correctness or otherwise of these two viewpoints is meaningless, because it would be swept aside in one fell swoop by Hegel’s dialectic. Yet in terms of observable facts, the whole of Asia is gradually reversing Ruskin, and for the last thirty years, an Asia that has seemed like a somewhat frozen world has become reactivated and is trying to establish new classical standards of beauty and excellence. Of course, the most recent situation is mainly attributable to the rise of China.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD at Untitled Art Miami Beach 2016

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation in Untitled Art Miami Beach 2016 with a solo presentation by Paul Edmunds (Booth B46).

Untitled Art Miami Beach is taking place from 30 November – 4 December at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, South Beach, Miami.

Opening times are as follows:
Wednesday, Nov 30, 11am–7pm
Thursday, Dec 1, 11am–7pm
Friday, Dec 2, 11am–7pm
Saturday, Dec 3, 11am–7pm
Sunday, Dec 4, 11am–5pm

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Athi-Patra Ruga lectures at Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

Athi-Patra Ruga has been invited to give a series of lectures hosted by the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

Titled “Queens in Exile,” Ruga’s lecture will come first to the MOCAD, on Friday, Nov. 4, from 7-10 p.m. The following Thursday, Nov. 10, he’ll be making his official Penny Stamps Speaker Series presentation at University of Michigan, and finally Friday, Nov. 11 at Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti.”

Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series is a lecture series established by the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. With the support of A&D alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Stamps Series presents visionary leaders who use their creative practice effectively. It celebrates those who transcend tradition and are progressive and influential with their work. Speakers are a range of emerging and established artists and designers from a broad spectrum of media.”

The official lecture lecture will take place on Thursday, 10 November at 5:10 pm in the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor). Lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

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Mohau Modisakeng at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Mohau Modisakeng will be presenting a solo exhibition hosted by the Laumeier Sculpture Park, at the Whitaker Foundation Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Laumeier presents an indoor multimedia exhibition by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng in the Whitaker Foundation Gallery at the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, November 5, 2016–January 29, 2017.

Mohau Modisakeng’s exhibition is the second project organized in collaboration with Mark Coetzee, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, that explores issues of Truth & Reconciliation from two distinctly different historical perspectives.

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Mohau Modisakeng at the 57th Venice Biennale

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Mohau Modisakeng has been selected to represent South Africa, along with Candice Breitz, at the South African Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale.

The South African Department of Arts and Culture has appointed Connect Channel to organise the South African pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. It is a pleasure to announce that Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng will represent South Africa at the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event. Breitz and Modisakeng will present a major, two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy.

Christine Macel, Artistic Director of the 57th International Art Biennale, has outlined a curatorial framework emphasising the important role artists play in inventing their own universes and injecting generous vitality into the world we live in. In response to the Biennale’s theme, the South African Pavilion exhibition will invite viewers to explore the artist’s role in visualising and articulating the notion of selfhood within a context of global marginalisation. What is it to be visible in everyday life, yet invisible and disregarded at the level of cultural, political or economic representation? Placing new works by Breitz and Modisakeng in dialogue, the exhibition will reflect on experiences of exclusion, displacement, transience, migration and xenophobia, exploring the complex socio-political forces that shape the performance of selfhood under such conditions.

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