3 – 25 October 2020
Lost & Found is a group exhibition of mixed media works by Bag Factory’s current studio and visiting artists. Curated by our Director Candice Allison, the exhibition is an exploration of process and experimentation, a snapshot of studio practice, and a reflection on the method of using ‘found’ objects, upcycled materials, and repurposed imagery so prevalent in the work of many artists who have worked at the Bag Factory and often turn to the local areas of Newtown and Fordsburg as their source of materials and inspiration. Lost & Found is a nod to the personal engagements with Johannesburg that many new artists to the city experience – an overwhelming sense of feeling misplaced/displaced and unsettled in a sprawling and, at first encounter, seemingly hostile city. Within this city scape, a sense of belonging can be found in the kind interactions with a glass maker who gives away off-cuts for free, a taxi driver who calls to return a lost wallet, the shopkeeper who knows everyone’s names and faces, and in the rhythms of a call to prayer that marks the start, middle, and end of every day.
This playful and experimental exhibition of installations, video, collage, painting, and process-driven works by Candice Kramer, Diana Hyslop, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Olivia Botha, Phumulani Ntuli, Ross Passmoor, Sandile Radebe, Thonton Kabeya and visiting artists Mako Ishizuka and Ronel de Jager. We are also excited to welcome two new studio artists to the Bag Factory, Dathini Mzayiya, Neville Starling, and Young Woman Studio Bursary winner Yolanda Mazwana.