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South African artists are being celebrated at Johannesburg's new exhibition

The new exhibition taking place at the Shepstone Garden in Johannesburg is here to rejoice and marvel the work of South African artists

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By Yashna Balwanth | March 17, 2023 | Art

Rand Merchant Bank and Latitudes Online join forces to bring RMB Latitudes – an innovative new indoor/outdoor art experience – to Johannesburg from 26 - 28 May 2023. The Latitudes team will bring together South African artists and exhibitors from across the continent to transform Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property, into a curated celebration of art from Africa.

The central curatorial theme for the 2023 edition is co-emergence. “In the context of African art, co-emergence refers to the complexities embedded in the interaction of various cultural and aesthetic influences on the creation and interpretation of African art,” says Latitudes Special Projects Curator, Nkhensani Mkhari. In "Looking both ways" practitioners working both on the continent and beyond explore how these diverse aesthetics and cultural influences echo each other in the diaspora and African contemporary art amongst South African artists.”

‘The Chaise Lounge’ by Frances Goodman, hand stitched sequins on canvas, 2023, Courtesy of SMAC Gallery

RMB has partnered with Latitudes because they share a belief in Africa’s vibrant and resourceful economy. The universal language of art enables powerfully creative communication across Africa, with the ability to express the spirit of the time and bring societies together. In May, visitors will be able to enjoy a curated contemporary art experience, while strolling through an iconic Johannesburg garden and attending art talks and walkabouts on South African artists.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and the arts industry to a uniquely African art experience that is inclusive, fair, highly curated and embraces our natural environment,” says Lucy MacGarry, Latitudes Co-founder. “Having always admired RMB’s committed support of the arts and refreshing approach to their many arts initiatives, we are incredibly proud to come together to realise our shared vision.” Celebrate in our shared creative spirit, ignite new relationships, and connect with artists and galleries in an inspiring setting.

The exhibition will run from the 26 - 28 May 2023 at the Johannesburg Shepstone Garden.

‘B05 71 01 22’ by Andrzej Urbanski, Stainless steel and automotive paint, 2022, Courtesy of Everard Read Gallery