Lebo and I attended the Kalashnikovv Gallery 2.0 Launch and Group Exhibition. The well-known Braamfontein art gallery moved within walking distance from the old space, it’s literally around the corner. We really like this new spot, as it’s larger and in a more intimate part of Braamfontein.
The group exhibition showcased some newbies to join the Kalashnikovv family and had installations of video, painting, drawing, performance, sound and installation. Some of the artists that had their work displayed included: João Orecchia, Nic Hester, Carla Fonseca, Evl Jon, Lazi Mathebula, Megabonanza, CussGroup, Craig Smith, Wilhem Saayman, Ross Garrett, Justin McGee, Setlamorago Mashilo and Love and Hate. Our favourite art piece from the night was Carla Fonseca’s powerful installation, Do Not Reply To This SMS. The art piece had Carla dressed in white acrylic paint and she was seated in front of a raw piece of meat. The piece was a comment on how sex is taken from women without permission.
Shout out to Grolsch for the drinks and to the Kalashnikovv Gallery for the invite, we’re really excited to see more rad exhibitions in the new space!