Goodman Gallery presents Hata, a new series of paintings and drawings by Misheck Masamvu, his third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Taken from Shona, the word Hata commonly refers to a cushion used to soften the load atop one’s head. In a broader sense, Hata stands as a coping mechanism for the burdens we bear, be they literal objects or our thoughts, emotions and ideas.
For this exhibition, Masamvu uses painting as a hata-like device for processing our relationship to history. This position relies on thinking of the history we are burdened with as an opportunity for further education and growth. Drawing on personal tragedies, Masamvu looks at how he overcame these challenges in his life by turning to lessons gained from history. The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph, also titled Hata, edited by curator Gabi Ngcobo. The publication is launched alongside a listening session between Ngcobo and Masamvu at 11.30am on the day of the opening.
The exhibition opens Saturday 20 July at 11am.
Part of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free generation’, Masamvu explores and comments on the socio-political setting of post-independence Zimbabwe, and draws attention to the impact of economic policies that sustain political mayhem. Masamvu raises questions and ideas around the state of ‘being’ and the preservation of dignity. His practice encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture.
In 1966 Goodman Gallery is established in Johannesburg by Linda Givon. With spaces both in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the gallery represents both established and emerging artists who shape the landscape of contemporary art in southern Africa. It has a legacy of facilitating broader social access to art, serving in an institutional capacity through its public programming, publishing, and education.
Venue: Goodman Gallery, 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
Time: Tue to Fri 9.30am to 5.30pm | Sat 9.30am to 4om