In 1995, the first Johannesburg Biennale was held from 28 February to 30 April. This was significant timing as it came one year after South Africa held its first democratic elections in April 1994. In a reflection on why a biennale was held in South Africa, curator Lorna Ferguson writes in the catalogue, “It will place specific emphasis on the complexity of the issues around the production of art in South Africa. It is hoped that the biennial nature of the event will establish South Africa as a major site for the production of thought around culture…”. Writer Bart de Baere goes on to state that “art should function as an image of hope,” a much-needed theme for the country at the time.
This is a catalogue of all works displayed at the Johannesburg Biennale of 1995.
21.5 x 27.6 x 1.5 cm | 304 pages | softcover
Christopher Till was educated at Rhodes University where he obtained a MFA and began his career as Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe before serving as Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery from 1983 to 1991. He is the founding Director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and the Gold of Africa Museum in Cape Town, and has organised exhibitions on Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo and the Women’s March, among many others.