Jaffer Modern art gallery now open to the public
21 DEC 2020

Gathering: A Community of Portraits is the opening show at the new Jaffer Modern art gallery in Green Point, Cape Town, showcasing 80 portraits.
“This first exhibition aims to showcase a diverse outpouring of creativity,” says the show’s guest curator Margie Murgatroyd of Africa Nova. After seeking out artists from across the continent and looking beyond, to the African diaspora, Murgatroyd has selected works hailing from as far afield Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and right across South Africa, from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng.

Jaffer Modern art gallery now open to the public

The works on the show are wide-ranging, but are linked by a central theme. According to gallery director Shafina Jaffer: “The theme refers to the deep human need to congregate and the desire to commune. It is about our diversity, cultures and common humanity.”

Gathering opened to the public on 21 December and runs until 28 February 2021. The artists featured include local masters Cecile Skotnes and Peter Clarke, and contemporary artists such as Diane Victor, Colbert Mashile, Clare Menck, Koloki Nyamai, Ed Suter, Polly Alakija, Erise Silke and others, including the gallery’s own director, who happens to be an artist herself.

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