Exhibition: The Beautyful Ones

Exhibition: The Beautyful Ones

Gerald Machona: People from Other Places – 2013 | HD projection | 15 minutes


The Beautyful Ones, title of a group show that took its roots in the 1968 newly post colonial novel The Beautiful Ones are not yet born written by Ghanean Ayi Kwei Armah, curated by South African Storm Janse van Rensburg and introduced at the gallery Nolan Judin in Berlin until July 6th. Artists part of the show are; Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kudzanai Chiurai, Georgina Gratrix, Andrew Gilbert, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Gerald Machona, Gerhard Marx, Meleko Mokgosi, Athi-Patra Ruga, all  working in relation with / coming from Southern Africa.

“The man watches the bus go all the way up the road and then turn and disappear around the town boundary curve. Behind it, the green paint was brightened with an inscription carefully lettered to form an oval shape: The Beautiful Ones are not yet born. In the center of the oval was a single flower, solitary, unexplainable and very beautiful.”

Ayi Kwei Armah, 1968


The various works part of the show including among others installations, photography, painting and film, are formed in an international context with a point of view on various subjects such as histories and the self, in which the artist doesn’t forgets the social and political situation of his homeland. The practice of the majority of the artists part of  The Beautyful Ones, acquaints antimony and tensions that are directly involved in the title.


The exhibition is not necessarily visually representative of Armah’s book, neither does the visitor needs knowledge about the content of his book to understand or access it. The Beautyful Ones is rather challenging the discussion going on about the concept of “Africanness” and presenting a view of African Identities that aren’t cramped and limited. The Beautyful Ones, offers an open-ended understanding as much is possible by borrowing Armah’s poetic title; the utopia of a younger generation for new realities. The Beautiful Ones is also longing for beauty, concept that inherently includes exclusion.


Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sketch of Landscape Painting | 2013 | Mixed media installation | Dimensions variable     

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sketch of Landscape Painting           Kiluanji Kia Henda: Balance Chairs – 2013

Kudzanai Chiurai: State of the Nation – 2011 | Bronze

Gerhard Marx: Scion (Mother & Child) – 2013 | Bronze

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sketch of Landscape Painting – 2013 | Mixed Media

 Andrew Gilbert: Exhibit 22a Ulundi Ethnographic Museum: The Death of Major General Andrew Gilbert, December 11, 1899, Battle of Magersfontein, South Africa –  2013 | Mixed materials





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