Mandie’s Pick of the Month: SOUTH SOUTH

March 3, 2021



The impact of the on-going pandemic has ensured that the arts sector worldwide has had to become more innovative and resilient to attract and serve a bigger and more diverse audience. An exciting new platform, SOUTH SOUTH has just been launched bringing together over 50 galleries across 30 countries on 5 continents. It serves as an online art community, an anthology and a resource for artists, galleries, curators and collectors invested in the Global South which will provide a more holistic view of contemporary art.

SOUTH SOUTH offers a central portal to experience the programmes and artist profiles of galleries within and dedicated to the Global South. This dynamic forum will host a year round platform of events with interviews and a site for a live programme of talks, films and performances.

The inaugural event, SOUTH SOUTH VEZA, (‘Veza’ meaning “to show, produce or reveal” in isiZulu), culminated in a live auction on Tuesday 23 February at which a curated selection of iconic artworks from the Global South were on offer. A percentage of proceeds will benefit non-profit organisations to recognise the crucial role that these organisations play within the arts infra-structure.

Ernesto Neto
Assim me encontro neste lugar, BarrigaFlora FloraBarriga
(This is how I find myself at this place, BellyFlora FloraBelly) 2018
Printed cotton fabric and wooden knobs

The Veza Live Programme will reflect on key issues of the day by curators from London, New York City, and Angola with a selection of cities holding pop up exhibitions of which the first physical presentations are taking place in Johannesburg at the Goodman Gallery and in Tokyo.

The SOUTH SOUTH platform was conceived by Goodman Gallery with the overall project guided by a circle of gallery-led collaborators: Marcio Botner -Rio de Janeiro; Liza Essers – Johannesburg; Shireen Gandhy -Mumbai; Daudi Karungi – Kampala; José Kuri – Mexico City; Atsuko Ninagawa -Tokyo and Mary Sabbatino – New York City.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Did you never think there would come a time? 2020
Pencil and oil on wood panel

The Goodman Gallery exhibition, ‘Everything fits to our daily needs’ (see selection of images) can be viewed on site here, between 26 January to 24 March 2021.

Yinka Shonibare CBE
Hockey Sticks, 2019