The UNDERLINE show – an exhibition platform for independent curators – took place at the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg from 12-15 September 2019.  


Neo Diseko

Neo Diseko is a Johannesburg born and based artist. They’re currently completing their master’s degree in Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg. Neo’s work interrogates the politics around the queer body and its orientation to symbolic and physical spaces. Neo was shortlisted for this year’s David Koloane Award, presented by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, and presents (In)between, as part of the award. “My project is centred on notions of queer in/visibility,” explains Neo. “I explore the how my queer body orients itself in public spaces in and around the Alexandra township. As opposition to Alexandra township, I also evaluate how this identity manifests in alternative public spaces such the gallery spaces I frequent as Naomi; a trans womxn alter ego of mine… I speak to notions of queer in/visibility and how it manifests in public space such as the Alexandra township in relation to these alternative and often safer spaces such as galleries.”

Performance title: (In)between
Date: 11 September 2019
Time: 7 PM
Venue: Museum of African Design Entrance

Janine Bezuidenhout

Janine Bezuidenhout is an artist who uses performance and mixed-media installation to create utopias in which she cares for her mental health. Her alter ego ‘Janine Whitney Lucy Pubs’ is a character that she developed in order to discuss her own mental health, with vulnerability and honesty. The character is fluid and destructive. This ego is a survivor of heartbreak, addiction, dis-ease and self-harm. Janine was shortlisted for this year’s prestigious David Koloane Award, presented by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, and presents COMPENSATION FOR YOUR MOURNING (A love letter to myself), as part of the award. “This project serves as a note to my younger self,” explains Janine, “whom I wish will understand better what it means to define societal norms and not fit in… I’m using art to heal: heartbreak, deceit, longing for honesty, love and care. This is a love letter to myself and future selves that I was here for them, to talk about the things they needed to hear.”

Performance title: COMPENSATION FOR YOUR MOURNING (A love letter to myself)
Date: 11 September 2019
Time: 7.30 PM
Venue: Museum of African Design Basement stairs

Prepossessing the future
Artists: Natalie Paneng
Zana Masombuka
Lunga Ntila
Curator: Christa Dee

Stacey Gillian Abe

Stacey Gillian Abe was born in 1990 and graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Art & Industrial Design from Kyambogo University in 2014. She is currently an artist in residence at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios as the 2018 Absa L’Atelier First Merit Award winner. “My concepts highlight specific complex situations as autobiographical documentations drawn from earlier and continuous experiences,” explains Stacey, “they attempt to critique stereotypical depictions of me as a black woman now by drawing focus to the mind’s suppleness deliberated from a psycho emotional perspective. As I probe unsettling narratives on the subject of identity, gender, spirituality and cultural mysticism, the past and present I am interested in how these materialise into created imagined spaces.” At the UNDERLINE show she presents her video work Seat of Honour, in partnership with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.

Video title: Seat of Honour
Date: 11-15 September 2019
Venue: Museum of African Design

Helena Uambembe

Helena Uambembe was born in Pomfret, South Africa in 1994 to Angolan parents who fled the civil war. Her father was a soldier in the 32 Battalion, a military unit within the South African Defence Force mainly made up of black Angolan men. The 32 Battalion and her Angolan heritage are dominant themes in Helena’s work, in which she explores narratives surrounding the Battalion, interweaving connected symbols and archival material. Helena is one of the Bag Factory’s three 2019 David Koloane Award winners, and presents Therapy for the Black man (in honour of…), as part of the award.

Performance title: Therapy for the Black man (in honour of…)
Date: 11 September 2019
Time: 5 PM
Venue: Museum of African Design Entrance

Yenza Kwenzeke
Artists: Lebogang Tlhako
Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Curator: Fulufhelo Mobadi

Johannesburg // Fragmenting Space and Time
Artists: Boipelo Khunou
Simnikiwe Buhlungu
Malebona Maphutse
Kieron Jina
Curators: Nkgopoleng Moloi
Gemma Hart

//Hui !Gaeb Where clouds gather
Artists: Katharien de Villiers
Lindsay Langeveldt
Curator: Heinrich Groenewald

Artists: Aline Xavier
As Talavistas
Carolina Botura
Julia Panadés
José Bento
Nydia Negromonte
Rodrigo Borges
Saquinho de Lixo
Curators: GAL art & research:
Aline Xavier
Laura Barbi

WOMXN Underground
Artists: Babalwa Tom
Amy Simons
Curator: Carlyn Strydom

Unathi Mkonto
Artist: Unathi Mkonto
Curator: UNDERLINE projects

Oupa L. Sibeko

Oupa L. Sibeko is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose remarkable work has been shown around and outside South Africa. His interdisciplinary praxis moves between theatrical, gallery, scholarly and other public contexts, overtly dealing with matter and politics of the body as a site of contested knowledge. His work is durational, relational and trans-temporal. This is perhaps what makes Oupa’s work important in Southern Africa today. It overtly transgresses boundaries of conventions of public culture. Sibeko is one of the three winners of this year’s David Koloane Award, presented by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, and presents Forking Knife, as part of the award. “I hate taking off my glasses because my eyes go from 1080p full HD to Buffering at 240p and I just cannot handle it,” says Oupa, “Forking knife is a performance art piece that is visually confrontational, inviting viewers to engage with a black body in a three-leg iron cast pot wheeled around in a donkey cart by a white body. It is an invitation to engage with everyday politics, politics of identity, race, wealth and the black and white body in relation to art making and consumption.”

Performance title: Forking knife
Date: 11 September 2019; 15 September 2019
Time: Unspecified
Venue: Museum of African Design Entrance and the streets of Maboneng

Familial Threads
Artists: Alka Dass
Cow Mash
Bulumko Mbete
Zenande Mketeni
Inga Somdyala
Curators: Re-curators:
Amogelang Maledu
Thembakazi Matroshe
Luvuyo Equiano

Selloane Moeti
Artist: Selloane Moeti
Curator: Londi Modiko

Middle Centre
Artist: Kgomotso Neto
Curators: Sibongile Msimango
Sam Goldblatt

Wezile Mgibe

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Wezile Mgibe’s interdisciplinary practice encompasses performance, visuals and installation as a tool for social change, and exercises a strong movement improvisation technique in doing so. Mgibe has training in contemporary dance, Jazz and Afro fusion, and he possess a musical theatre background. Mgibe is currently in residence at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, as one of the three recipients of the prestigious David Koloane Award, and presents Collecting bodies, as part of the award. “Baxelele Mabahambe” was an instruction coming from Thozama’s Mother after she found out her Lesbian daughter was killed by one of the community members when the public visited her in KwaNoBuhle. In Collecting Bodies we enter into healing rituals that evoke the returning of souls – those who were abducted and assaulted as a result of sexual preferences and personal choices – to their rightful homes. The performance forms part of a series of ongoing works around post-apartheid trauma called In These Streets.

Performance title: Collecting bodies
Date: 12 September 2019
Time: 1.30 PM
Venue: Museum of African Design Entrance

The Whole Universe is Full
Artists: Keneilwe Mokoena
Mmabatho Grace
Curator: Nthabiseng Mokoena

Street view
Artists: Sebastian Borckenhagen
Allison Klein
Francis Burger
Bolelang Leepile
Curator: Olwandle studio:
Amaya Delmas

Enoch Cheng
Artist: Enoch Cheng
Curator: UNDERLINE projects

Artist: Scott Eric Williams
Curator: Refilwe Nkomo

Warther Dixon
Artists: Warther Dixon
Curator: UNDERLINE projects

Spotlight on Uche Okeke
Artists: Uche Okeke – Nigeria
Goldendean – South Africa
Rai Gandra, Hélio Ronyvon,
Fernando Donato & Roberta de Oliveira – Brazil
Curators: Loren Ijeoma Uche-Okeke (Nigeria/South Africa)
Nadine Siegert (Germany/South Africa)

The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Artists: Black Chalk & Co.
Curators: Black Chalk & Co.:
Tinashe Mushakavanhu
Nontsikelelo Mutiti