Dada Khanyisa at JAG

December 5, 2023


“Cape Town” reflects a sense of homecoming for the artist, who grew up in Johannesburg but now lives in Cape Town.

“Reflecting on my decade in this coastal metropolis. I visited the city 11 years ago; the appeal was undeniable. I explored my way into the fine art program at UCT and through this, I could zoom in on this beautiful city and its thick history. I have encountered many people, textures, sunsets, rainproof jackets, open relationships, 2 Rand requests, wood and strong community. There have been plenty of life altering and character shifting moments, most of which have been necessary. Through this body of work, I will unpack my experience.”

A meditation on nostalgia, the exhibition becomes an autobiographical interpretation of spaces and moments that have shaped the artist in the Mother City.

The artist’s first institutional exhibition is on view at JAG until 24 February 2024.

Ever been to a Kirsty picnic on an overcast Sunday?
‘Ever been to a Kirsty picnic on an overcast Sunday?’,
2023 Oil and found objects on wood (Walnut,Eepoxy clay, Synthetic hair, Kiaat, Bass wood, OSB, African Mahogany, Jelutong, MDF, Lace)
102 x 140 x 15cm