Exhibition Opening: Portia Zvavahera
STEVENSON is proud to announce the opening of its new gallery space in Parktown North with a solo exhibition by Portia Zvavahera.
Titled 'Talitha Cumi' (which translates from Shona as ‘Little Girl Arise’), Zvavahera’s new group of paintings is concerned with a longing for spiritual transcendence, in response to the ongoing cycle of human suffering. As with previous bodies of work, Zvavahera cites a dream as her starting point – in this instance, one of struggle and a desire to be ‘lifted up’.
The image of the bull, which entered Zvavahera’s iconography during a residency in India in 2018, appearing in the triptych she produced for the 10th Berlin Biennale, recurs here as an oppressive force, yet one that inspires a necessary striving for transformation. The artist notes, ‘I know there’s going to be a battle in the future when I see a bull in my dreams. When the beast is around I pray more. He is the problem but also the solution.’
'Talitha Cumi' will inaugurate Stevenson Johannesburg’s new space. The new gallery is situated at 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, accessible via Jan Smuts Avenue with close proximity to the Gautrain. Built in the early 20th century as a family residence, it has now been transformed into a minimal environment conducive to viewing art with the help of Tonic design. For the first time Stevenson Johannesburg will have dedicated parking and wheelchair access.
Where: Stevenson, Parktown
When: 18 May at 10am