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Johannesburg is a city with an abundance of art. Whether it’s markets, museums, art galleries, etc.; you will never get artistically bored in this vibrant city.
I recently visited Goodman Gallery in Rosebank after curiously driving past it for the three months. The minimalist architecture and crisp white walls immediately drew me in and I knew it was a place I had to visit.
A little about Goodman Gallery:
The gallery was founded in 1966, during apartheid. It is one of the longest-standing contemporary art galleries and offered a non-discriminatory space since it’s opening. When Goodman Gallery first opened, museums catered to the appeasement of the government but this art gallery focused on not doing so.
Goodman Gallery works with both established and emerging artists from South Africa, the African continent and international artists whose work is influenced by Africa. This gallery has contributed to the advancement of society by funding arts programmes in South Africa — Goodman Gallery has served a vital role in creating change through art and dialogue.
The current exhibition is: One Day We Were All Fish And The Earth’s Belly by Ernesto Neto.
I had never seen Ernesto Neto’s work so I was glad to learn about an artist that I haven’t been exposed to.
This is Neto’s first solo exhibition on the African continent. Coming all the way from Brazil, Neto and his work introduces the perspective of the impact nature has on life and how we should all put more value into the creation of the world and the ocean.
Upon entering, I was greeted by a scent of spices which remind me of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It was a lovely scent to be greeted by and I later learned that Neto intentionally incorporated these scents in hopes of inviting visitors to relax and be fully present while viewing his work.
A lot of Neto’s work is strongly influenced by the ocean. He is fascinated with the connection of human life to the ocean and it is eminent in the work displayed at Goodman Gallery.
All images above are taken by me with the exception of the third image which was taken by Goodman Gallery.
All of his work exhibited is made out of fabric which was interesting to me because it isn’t a medium that I am usually a fan of. The fabrics are made from traditional African and Brazilian textiles. Neto infused these textiles to represent the merging of cultures through globalization.
I enjoyed this exhibition because it made me appreciate nature and the ocean more in depth. I’ve been inspired to start thinking of how miraculous human life and the natural wonders of the world are.
I spent about 45 minutes viewing the work that was beautifully installed in Goodman Gallery and afterwards felt more grounded and at ease. It’s truly amazing the effects art can have on your emotions and psyche.
If you’re in Johannesburg and have a chance, please check out Goodman Gallery and this exhibition.
Here are more photos from the exhibition and gallery:
One Day We Were All Fish And The Earth’s Belly by Ernest Neto is open at Goodman Gallery until the 19th of January.