It’s finally here. The new Jaffer Modern art gallery, in Green Point, Cape Town, presents the group show: ‘Art of Everyday Things’. This exhibition focuses on the art of daily life, being, and things.
Press the elevator button in the lobby of the ultrachic Vib Hotel and take the ‘red elevator’ to the 7th floor. There you’ll find a beautifully minimalist glass door, the entrance to the Jaffer Modern.
Walking through the entrance, the eyes immediately fall on the jaw-dropping vista of the Greenpoint locale. While staring at the breathtaking view, you’ll be forgiven for not noticing the friendly face ready to welcome you into the gallery.
In collaboration with Africa Contemporary Art, the Jaffer Modern presents the group show: ‘Art of Everyday Things’. This show explores how everyday objects influence aspects of our daily lives, and ‘how unexpected mediums serve as canvases’ for our creativity.
Shafina Jaffer, gallery director and acclaimed intuitive artist, has created a platform to promote both established and emerging Pan-African artists ‘pushing the boundaries and challenging our perceptions’.
From the curved floating walls to the ‘water-like’ floors, the gallery’s space is the perfect setting for any visitor to experience a sense of drifting through the surrealism of each artist’s masterpiece.
This exhibition features:
‘Beyond Borders’ by Nyambo MasaMara. An acclaimed fashion designer, who debuted as a visual artist last year, he is inspired by his solo migration at age 13 from Rwanda as a refugee to South Africa.
‘The Taste of the Fruit’ by Laylaa Jacobs. This body of work is a metaphor for ethnic and cultural assimilation. Her vibrant prayer mats are a personal anecdote about sexuality, religion, and belonging as a Muslim woman in Western society.
‘Ceramic Contemporary’ by Kevin Collins. His work references classic Western art, culture, and mythology, while also channelling his own multilingual global upbringing. His diverse ‘oeuvre’ of artworks range from oil on board and canvas, to ceramics.
Hanna Noor Mohamed uses reanimated objects and media to emphasise both global and subjective lived experiences, history, and reality. Her work grapples with the psyche, physicality, and metaphysics surrounding these encounters.
‘Utopia’ by Razia Myers. Her piece draws from her observation of fashion runway performances. Nature, vitality, sensuality, fantasy, and an outlook on a future of hope and optimism are at her core.
Petrus Sekele’s carved figurative walking sticks follow in the footsteps of his woodcarving heritage. He incorporates satirical contemporary iconography in vividly painted compositions.
Ziyanda Majozi, uses mosaics as her chosen medium for fighting and talking. She is a mosaicist, artist, and activist, focusing on issues that affect women and LGBTQI+ communities.
Petra Vonk, colours the world with her hand-stitched, customised yellow velvet sneakers. She believes this allows different generations to connect and create together. Through telling their stories and of course bringing more colour into the world.
Caryn Wilensky, is the talented designer, visionary and owner behind the brand Coast and Koi. She designs exquisitely eclectic shoes that push past aesthetic barriers.
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Anele Cephus Nono aka Ace of Jeanius Exchange, up-cycles conventional clothing into original art works. His denim artwear exist at the ‘intersection between art, craft, and fashion’. For Ace, every item of clothing or object found presents itself as a surface to leave his mark on.
The natural light mixed with ceiling spotlights spills throughout the gallery. It dances off the floors and washes over the white walls, creating a warm, soft glow which, accentuates each artist’s creation.
This is the gallery’s third exhibition this year and one not to be missed. Whether you’re an art collector, artist, or visitor, this group show is a must-see. ‘Art of Everyday Things’ runs until 29 May 2021.
The gallery opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm and are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
For more information visit: www.jaffermodern.com
By Jason Johnson