Joburg Fringe 2020

WORDS Palesa Kgasane IMAGES courtesy of Joburg Fringe


Despite the big adjustments that the art world has had to make during these unprecedented times, Joburg Fringe is back with a diverse showcase of talented rising artists from South Africa and beyond.

Joburg Fringe will be showcasing selected works at The Art Room in Parkhurst, Johannesburg until 26 September. Now in its 13th year, 2020’s offering includes individual artworks by local and international artists that have been selected by a jury.

Featured on this year’s list is an impressive array of multimedia artists such as Gary Frier, Paul S. Ayihawu, Thalente Khomo and Bekezela Mabena. What is important to note is that this year’s exhibition will be free to all members of the public, increasing accessibility and allowing artists to gain maximum exposure.

Bekezela Mabena – Identification

Thalente Khomo – Ilixha

The exhibition has throughout the years encouraged unapologetic freedom of expression and elevated the voices of young artists. A multitude of themes are explored via the artists’ mediums, from unpacking memories as seen in Thalente Khomo’s featured work, to identity politics, a salient feature in Bongani Mahlangu’s work. “The work is concerned with the notions of identity, civilization and development understood and judged by black South Africans on self and other black Africans,” says Bongani in his artist statement.

Bongani Mahlangu – Umkhumbulo Ofileko

Joburg Fringe will run until 26 September 2020 at The Art Room Gallery in Parkhurst. The gallery is open Monday to Thursday from 9am –4:30pm, on Fridays from 9am – 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm.

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