- Stevenson is a Cape Town and Johannesburg based gallery that has been dealing in contemporary art from South Africa as well as Africa and its diaspora since 2003.
- The gallery recently collaborated with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa to offer unrepresented artists portfolio review.
- The portfolio reviews were followed by a virtual group show titled The Nonrepresentational aimed at making the gallery’s platform available to artists outside Stevenson’s orbit.
Stevenson gallery recently collaborated with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (Vansa) to offer portfolio reviews for unrepresented artists. Taking place during the lockdown, these reviews took on the form of virtual studio visits. During the visits Stevenson looked at the artists’ work as well as the way they present themselves to the public in order to offer feedback on both aspects of their professional practice.
Once the visits reached a conclusion, the gallery thought it would be best to further make their expertise and perspective available to artists outside their immediate orbit. The result is The Nonrepresentational: a virtual group show comprising work from twelve of the artists that Stevenson met. Prices for the work range from R1000 to R15 000, excluding framing, taxes and shipping.
Below are the artists featured in the show as described by Stevenson.
This multidisciplinary artist works predominantly in photography with a growing drawing practice that he uses to engage audiences on mythologies, religion and memory.
Using acrylic paintings, Grecia explores identity and democracy in the post-Apartheid condition.
Through documentary photography Mazibuko confronts land injustice in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Using video and installation the artist explores topics around the urbanisation and digitisation of the everyday.
The artist’s media drawings display an interest in the evolving dynamic between the urban environment and climate change.
Lebogang Mogul Mabusela
Armed with performance, sculpture (installation) and printmaking the artist interrogates gendered experiences, capitalism and race for black femmes.
Using self-portraiture, the artist engages the metaphysical and performativity of rituals.
In a bid to disrupt heteronormativity the artist interrogates body politics, gendered labour and intimacy through video and performance.
Using conceptual photography the photojournalist visualises South Africa’s collective traumas for cathartic purposes.
Through multimedia prints, Nono engages the matrilineal relationships and generational burdens of culture on women.
The artist uses intimate portraits of Black South Africa’s working class to reconcile history with current affairs.
Valerie Asiimwe Amani:
With the use of digital collaging and illustration, Amani visualises the complexities of identity politics and the consequences of colonialism.
To view or buy work from The Nonrepresentational visit Stevenson’s viewing room here.