Not a Single Story

12 May 2018, 9.00 AM - 29 Jul 2018, 5.00 PM

NOT A SINGLE STORY is an exhibition & educational collaboration between WANÅS KONST, Sweden & THE NIROX FOUNDATION, South Africa Exhibition venue The Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa More info & ARTISTS Jane Alexander (SA), Beth Diane Armstrong (SA), Lena Cronqvist (SE), Latifa Echakhch (MA), Frances Goodman (SA), Lungiswa Gqunta (SA), Lubaina Himid (TZ/UK), Bronwyn Katz (SA), Marcia Kure (NG), Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind (SE), Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE), Mwangi Hutter (KE/GE), Esther Mahlangu (SA), Whitney McVeigh (US), Nandipha Mntambo (SA), Sethembile Msezane (SA), Zanele Muholi (SA), Caroline Mårtensson (SE), Yoko Ono (JP/US), Claudette Schreuders (SA), Mary Sibande (SA), Ayana V Jackson (US), Sophia van Wyk (SA), Nelisiwe Xaba (SA) &

NOT A SINGLE STORY – The bonds between performance and sculpture come to life at the NIROX Sculpture Park.

Hosted from 12 May – 29 July at the NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, NOT A SINGLE STORY is a collaboration between the NIROX Foundation, South Africa and Wanås Konst, The Wanås Foundation, Sweden. NOT A SINGLE STORY is the NIROX Winter sculpture exhibition 2018. The exhibition and its educational program are made possible with the support of The Swedish Postcode Foundation, The Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria.

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200 guests from the art and diplomatic communities, media and strategic partners attended the private viewing of the curated works, discussions and performances linked to NOT A SINGLE STORY. The private viewing official launch event was made possible by NIROX Sculpture Park, the Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria and Absolut vodka. NOT A SINGLE STORY is open to the public, with an exhibition and educational programme continuing until 29 July 2018.

In response to NOT A SINGLE STORY, curators Anthea Buys and Nelisiwe Xaba presented a program of three site-specific performances that suggest transient relationships to the experience of sculpture. The performances on the program were durational in nature and it took place during the private viewing of NOT A SINGLE STORY hosted at the NIROX Sculpture Park on Saturday 26 May 2018.

The performance program showed works by Dean Hutton (SA), Jessica Doucha (SA) and Dina Danowicz (MZ) all of whom propose subtle spatial transformations that draw the viewer into a dynamic of complicity, or even conspiracy, with the artist. In Doucha’s piece Equanimity, the artist used gold leaf to enhance an architectural anomaly within the double-volume studio space in the NIROX residency while suspended precariously from the ceiling. The act is linked to the ancient Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, where flaws are embraced. Doucha creates conceptual links to this technique
to examine the notion of mending an area in celebratory reverence rather than focusing on the absence.

Dean Hutton, performed a site-sensitive version of their ongoing performance Goldendean, presents their own body as a formal anomaly in a world that associates health and propriety with cis-gendered body norms. Goldendean is an evolving public performance by Dean Hutton exploring the fascination with the flesh of non-normative queer bodies and how they inhabit and take space in public. The work hangs on the gaze of the viewer, and then Hutton’s decision to either acknowledge, interact or ignore the viewer. The performance attempts to deal with issues around the gaze, whiteness and the capital, of bodies, identity.

Mozambique-born artist Dina Danowicz is physically absent from her performance, entitled Protocol Room, and instead presents the audience instructions or suggestions that either invite them to invoke the work or insert the work in their life regardless of their desire for it to be there. The artists performing in the program took a variety of approaches but remain linked by their demand on the viewer to be a participant and a creator.

Young poets and jazz artists Bongani Sibanyoni, Thebe Mmushi, Velaphi Maphosa, Xabiso Vili, Zanele Kunene part of Pretoria-based NPO Hear My Voice performed original pieces at the official launch event. Soweto-based band Urban Village performed gave a live performance with sounds ranging mbaqanga and maskandi blues to folk rock and funk.

The private viewing of NOT A SINGLE STORY was hosted by the Swedish Embassy and Her Excellency the Swedish Ambassador Cecilia Julin: “It’s fantastic to have the Swedish sculpture park Wanås come and visit its colleague NIROX and hopefully NOT A SINGLE STORY is only the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship,” when asked to comment on the exhibition.

NOT A SINGLE STORY is the result of the collaboration between artists, Wanås Konst and the NIROX Foundation, which began in 2015. Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell, curators of NOT A SINGLE STORY, were in attendance and gave a guided tour of the sculpture exhibition.

NOT A SINGLE STORY and its comprehensive educational programming aimed at children and youth to expand understanding of life and art, is supported by The Swedish Postcode Lottery with additional support from the Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria and Swedish Institute. The exhibition NOT A SINGLE STORY and the educational exchange with talks, tours and workshops is presented in the NIROX Winter Exhibition Program context.
NOT A SINGLE STORY NIROX Winter sculpture exhibition 2018

A collaboration between the NIROX Foundation, South Africa and Wanås Konst, Sweden
Curators: Elisabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givell, Wanås Konst, Sweden
Founder and Director NIROX Foundation: Benji Liebmann
Co-curators: Jessica Doucha & Khumo Sebambo
Exhibition Period: May 12 – July 29, 2018
For more information, please contact:
The NIROX Foundation
Khumo Sebambo, co-assistant curator
Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria
Rosanela Selebi, Sweden promotion and communication officer
Europe and USA. Wanås Konst

Sofia Bertilsson, communications +46 (0)733-866820,

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The NIROX Foundation Trust is a not-for-profit trust established to foster the arts. It occupies 30 hectares dedicated to a sculpture park, artist’s residency and concert venue, integrated into a 1 200-hectare private nature reserve, in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, on the western outskirts of Johannesburg.

The residency hosts artists from across the world, to stimulate and exchange creative action and thought, in all arts disciplines. Since 2006 it has hosted more than 250 artists.

The sculpture park produces two curated exhibitions a year, giving artists opportunity to produce and exhibit work that is otherwise difficult or impossible, due to the freedom of scale, content and production support provided by the facility. The open-air amphitheatre hosts up to 9 events a year, ranging through concerts for classical, opera, jazz, experimental and traditional music, poetry readings, dance and theatre.

The NIROX Sculpture Park receives more than 20,000 public visitors each year. A focus is to educate and encourage children and youth, from primary schools to universities, to engage with the arts through studio visits with artists, walkabouts the park and creative activations. Read more at:
Wanås Konst – Centre for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of
temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and in the Art Gallery, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way. The collection in the sculpture park has 70 permanent works, created specifically for The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Robert Wilson et al. The sculpture park has approximately 75 000 visitors per year and 8000 children take part in educational activities.

Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation, a non-for-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Wanås Konst is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Region Skåne and Östra Göinge Municipality.

Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art center in southern Sweden as well as the newly opened Wanås Restaurant Hotel. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a Long Run Destination – a leader in sustainable development within the tourism industry, community development and cultural management. Read more at
The Swedish Postcode Lottery’s belief is that the world is getting better with the help of strong non-profit organisations. The Postcode Foundation’s goal is to carry out that vision.

The Postcode Foundation was established in 2003 by Novamedia Sweden AB, which operates and owns the Swedish Postcode Lottery concept. As a beneficiary to the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the Postcode Foundation annually receives part of the lottery’s surplus. This year, The Postcode Foundation was awarded 200 million Swedish crowns (SEK).

Unlike other beneficiaries, The Postcode Foundation is not the final recipient of the funds, but rather has the task of delegating financial support to various types of projects related to; people’s living conditions, nature and environment, culture, and sports. Read More Here:

Last updated 11 Jun 2018, 1.06 PM