Curators and galleries often play the role of tastemakers – dictating and directing the trends of the contemporary art market. In group exhibitions, the mark of the curator or gallerist is particularly prevalent and often a successful exhibition rests solely on their ability to produce a singular narrative out of multiple threads. In presenting this vision to the public, a gallery offers up their specific version of what is relevant and valuable at that particular moment, but often this might not be the same vision as that of the exhibiting artists.

For the exhibition, ‘ From The Horse’s Mouth,’ EBONY invited 7 artists, all with some connection to the gallery, to either suggest an artist to participate or to suggest a specific artwork produced by an artist they admire. Therefore, the artists take on the curatorial roles and are given the opportunity to express what they feel is currently relevant and inspiring in the art world.

Larita Engelbreght invited Hanien Conradie

Hugh Byrne invited Ruaan Coleman

Richard Smith invited Hellen Joseph Page

Patrick Bongoy invited Mthobisi Maphumulo

Zemba Luzamba invited Dada Khanyisa

Simphiwe Ndzube invited Katlego Tlabela

Siwa Mgoboza invited Fruszina Nemes & Nobuko Nqabqa

Works on Exhibition