This song is for … Gabrielle Goliath’s show


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


Msaki performs on the projection in Gabrielle Goliath’s Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition, ‘This song’s for ….’ Photograph courtesy Standard Bank

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IT TAKES A special kind of boldness and confidence to fill a traditional gallery space in a way that pushes its capacity and radically shifts its limits. This was something you may have seen in Igshaan Adams’s exhibition last September, as it is something you will experience with Gabrielle Goliath’s. The fact that both of these artists are Standard Bank Young Artists for Visual Art is a nod in the direction of the festival committee.

As you enter the space, however, any thoughts of banks or committees or bureaucracy or officialdom evaporate. Even conventional understandings of what art may be, crumble. The circular space at the top of the gallery stairs becomes like a sanctuary. Two large screens are mounted and projections of songs in process are screened. The artists include Nonku Phiri, Desire Marea, Msaki, Gabi…

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