Exhibition | Gabrielle Goliath, ‘Beloved Gabrielle Goliath’ at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Exhibition | Gabrielle Goliath, 'Beloved Gabrielle Goliath' at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Goodman Gallery presents Beloved, a new body of work by Gabrielle Goliath.

Beloved. Or as Christina Sharpe phrases it (with characteristic poise), be loved.

In this ongoing and very personal series of drawings and prints, the artist summons and celebrates a chorus of both radical and quotidian femme presences: poets, priestesses, activists, artists, parents and prodigies. Beloved is an ode, a work of the heart – a labour of recognition, thanks and love.

With tender and sensuous lines, in this select showing Goliath pays homage to figures such as Gabeba Baderoon, Caster Semenya, Sylvia Wynter, Yoko Ono, Sade and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Portraits of Alek Wek and Desire Marea are touched with iridescent pigment dust, affirming an erotics of black femme beauty and possibility, whilst the solemn repose of Berenice and Melwyn Britz – mother and father to Camron Britz (d. 2017) – invokes a (life)work of mourning.

Accompanying the drawings are two recent print series, published by Johannesburg-based print studio Edition Verso. Opening new expressive channels, each of these editioned works feature unique hand-coloured elements and line work.

As a life pursuit, Beloved will continue to grow and gather communities as it shows in different forms and spaces.

Press release courtesy Goodman Gallery.

Source: https://ocula.com/art-galleries/goodman-gallery/exhibitions/beloved-gabrielle-goliath/