This June, the South London Gallery brings together over fourteen international artists whose work grapples with the language of remapping the architecture of an ever-unfolding afterlife of historical colonial violence, for a major group exhibition, The Show is Over, curated by the respected Johannesburg based curator Gabi Ngcobo, in dialogue with Oscar Murillo.
Working and thinking from historically connected localities, the artists included take personal approaches to the subject of global politics through gestures of refusal and mourning that establish active and refreshed relationships with the history of power. The Show is Over confronts the reality that notions of the end of the world are both constantly evolving and more present than ever before, so that the end of the world has become an event evolving over time.
Artists involved include: Karimah Ashadu, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Anawana Haloba, Banele Khoza, Donna Kukama, Moshekwa Langa, Tessa Mars, Misheck Masamvu, Santu Mofokeng, Santiago Mostyn, Oscar Murillo, Las Nietas de Nonó, Ishkar Richard, Helen Sebidi, and Luana Vitra.
On the exhibition, Co-Curator Gabi Ngcobo said: “It has been an exciting and challenging task to put together this curatorial project, which, like many others, had to go through two years of postponements due to uncertainty about what kind of world we could potentially inhabit. We have had to learn new grammar and language in order to live again, dream again and in order to contain loss, again. The Show is Over is a contribution to a search for new vocabularies. The exhibition features voices of artists who, as part of their life practices, reflect on these questions, often with recurring inquiries into the possibility of living differently with others.”
The Show is Over is curated by the respected Johannesburg based curator and Curatorial Director at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria, Gabi Ngcobo in dialogue with Oscar Murillo.
Oscar Murillo, installation view: British Art Show 9, Wolverhampton, 2022, image courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim Bowditch