An exhibition titled TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy featuring works by 115 artists will be presented by UJ Arts & Culture at the UJ Art Gallery from 1 July to 5 August 2015.

Gordon Froud, senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (FADA) and curator for this show, incorporated a broad range of works by established and emerging South African artists addressing their experiences of the first twenty years of democracy in this country.

Froud originally curated this show for the Appalachian State University Turchin Centre in North Carolina during 2014, which, on its return was exhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum. A selection from this exhibition, co-curated by Professor Karen Von Veh (UJ, FADA) will be shown at the 6thInternational Beijing Biennale later this year.

The artists, amongst others William Kentridge, Mary Sibande, David Goldblatt, Diane Victor, David Koloane, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Vusi Beauchamp, Clive Van der Berg, Paul Emmanuel, Kim Berman, Roger Ballen, Matt Hindley, Marco Cianfanelli, Jodi Bieber, Manfred Zylla, Andy Robertson, Christo Doherty, Mbali Dhlamini, Bevan de Wet, Phumilani Ntuli and Jaco van Schalkwyk,comment on a wide variety of themes such as identity formation within a young democracy, resistance, human rights, land concerns, the Mandela years and HIV/Aids.

Gratitude to the following galleries and organisations for assisting in putting this great show together: Goodman Gallery, Lizamore and Associates, Everard Read Gallery, Red Gallery, G2 Gallery, Gallery MOMO, Heidi Erdmann Gallery, Brundyn+, Artsource, University of Johannesburg, TurchinCenter – Appalachian State University, Pretoria Art Museum and Zendai Development (SA) Pty Ltd.

Opening speaker: Avitha Sooful, Head of Division and senior lecturer, Fine Arts, University of Pretoria

Walkabout: Wed 22 July 2015 at 13:00 & Sat 1 August 2015 at 10:30

Gallery hours: Mon–Fri: 09:00 – 16:00; closed weekends and public holidays

Location: APK Campus, cnr Kingsway/University Rds, Auckland Park