Occupation: Swiss & SA Collaboration

Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Parts of the project are open-ended, inviting collaborators to use the museum space—to think with and in it, about their own work, about the politics of JAG, and about what to do together using the prompt of ‘occupation’ with relation to art spaces. Accompanying this will be curatorial interventions with the JAG collection, as well as screenings and performances. The intervention is interested in producing a methodology that is driven by learning together, rather than operating from a traditional curatorial position that has the potential to foreclose conceptual possibilities. 

The list of participants, thus far, includes Memory Biwa, Abri De Swardt, Gilles Furtwängler, Thulile Gamedze, Donna Kukama, Robert Machiri, Zen Marie, Mpumelelo Mcata, Tumi Mogorosi, Nkgopoleng Moloi, Gabi Motuba, Nayansaku Mufwankolo, Vusumzi Nkomo, Overnight Services, Naadira Patel, Tshepang Ramoba, Stéphanie Rosianu, The Wretched, Andrei Van Wyk, Henri Michel Yéré, Shirin Yousefi, and a group of second year students from the Wits School of Art. 

Occupation continues the work of the shows BLANK. With a bet on a long distance relationship, with time, slow thinking and deep conversations, 2 and The Ghost Exhibition, which took place at Circuit in Lausanne, Switzerland between 2020 and 2021. In this series of exhibitions, collaboration and collaborative processes underpinned the work of the entire project, guiding the way in which the shows were produced. 

ENTRANCE is FREE! For more information, please contact:
Khwezi Gule — KhweziG@joburg.org.za