Capturing State, a group exhibition

Starts: Thursday, 25 May 2017, 18:00
Posted: 24 Apr 2017
Dates & Times:
  • Thursday, 25 May 2017, 18:00 to Saturday, 24 June 2017, 17:00

A group exhibition curated by Prints on Paper

Prints on Paper and Assemblage are pleased to present a curated group exhibition titled Capturing State. The exhibition has been developed and curated by Isaac Zavale and Minenkulu Ngoyi, directors of Prints on Paper, and first presented at the KKNK festival in Oudtshoorn in April 2017. For those who were unable to attend the festival the exhibition will now be presented at the Assemblage Project Space in Johannesburg from 25 May - 24 June 2017.

Please join us for the opening and a glass of wine on Thursday 25 May from 5:30 - 8:00pm.

Capturing State showcases a variety of printmaking techniques from different artists who have worked with Prints on Paper. The exhibition includes a range of prints from well-established to unknown artists. Experimentation in printmaking is a main focus of the exhibition. The exhibition plays with the multiple meanings of 'capturing state’. First, the capturing of a state within printmaking of 'a different form of a print, caused by a deliberate and permanent change to a matrix' (taken from wikipedia). That is, the ability of a printmaker to shift and change their process multiple times in subtle ways creating numerous different images and therefore narratives through print. And second, our own current possible political situation of state capture, where is our politics leading us and how do we as South Africans respond. From prints that glow in the dark to corrugated prints with metallic colours to heavily political works, we invite you to come and engage with a range of ideas on what the term 'Capturing State' could mean. Experience a visual taste of the endless possibilities that modern-day printmakers are exploring.

Artists on exhibition include: Vivien Kohler, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale, Ben Eagle, Setlamorago Mashilo, MJ Turpin, Io Makandal, Angus Mackinnon, Sanele Omari Jali, Sifiso Themba, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Nathaniel Sheppard, Jake Singer, Miguel Olivier, Roberta Rich, Antonio Pacheho, Chad Cordeiro, Sbongeseni Khulu and Thembelethu Manqunyana.

Parts of the Capturing State exhibition will be exhibited by the Dead Bunny Society from 27 May - 20 June. Make sure to pay them a visit too!
The Dead Bunny Society can be found at 23 Voorhout Street, 2nd Floor, Ellis House, Doornfontein.

Image credit: Image courtesy of Prints on Paper and the artist, Vivien Kohler and Minenkulu Ngoyi, Voel, 2016, Silkscreen and mixed print, 50 x 45cm, edition of 10

For further information on the exhibition, to request a digital catalogue or to receive further information on the artists or the curators please contact

Exhibition open Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm; Saturday 10am - 1pm

Assemblage and the Prints on Paper Workshop can be found corner Marshall and Alexander St, Ferreirasdorp, next door to the Good Luck Bar, Mad Giant Brewery and the 1Fox Market.

Prints on Paper is an open access print workshop focusing on silkscreen and traditional printmaking techniques including linocut, drypoint, monotype and woodcut. Prints on Paper allows artists access to much needed printing equipment, runs ongoing workshops and produces collaborative artworks, portfolios and exhibitions.

Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. Through an informative website, peer mentoring groups, workshops, group exhibitions, artist studios and other collaborative projects, it hopes to contribute and promote artistic innovation, collaboration and a proactive vibrancy within Johannesburg.