n De Arte - HALAKASHA! : views and (re)views
|Article Title||HALAKASHA! : views and (re)views|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||66 - 71|
|Keyword(s)||University of Johannesburg|
The much-anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup™ generated a plethora of art exhibitions in and around major centres in South Africa. Halakasha!, hosted by Standard Bank and curated by Fiona Rankin-Smith of the Wits Art Museum, filled both the upstairs and downstairs exhibition spaces at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. It was the only major show to explicitly celebrate the game itself, the title of the exhibition deriving from a traditional South African celebratory cry upon the scoring of a goal. Initially apprehensive about an exhibition in which the majority of the artworks and objects on display in some way or another incorporated aspects of the game - whether the supporters, players, or the historical context - the exhibition exceeded expectations and circumvented pitfalls that could easily have resulted in forced and literal connections between the works on display, as well as between football and art per se.
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