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Foregrounding South Africa: An Interview with Julie Taylor, Founder and Director of Guns & Rain

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Julie Taylor is Founder and Director of Johannesburg-based gallery Guns & Rain, which was established in 2014 to showcase works by emerging and established artists from southern Africa. As an anthropologist, communications specialist and art entrepreneur, she is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the region’s fine art and culture. Julie holds a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. www.gunsandrain.com/

Prior to developing the gallery, Julie was Head of Communications for Sub Saharan Africa at Google and played a crucial role in an Africa-wide initiative that brought 100,000 businesses online. Aside from being published in numerous academic journals such as the Journal of African History and Anthropology Today, she is also the author of ‘Naming the Land,’ a book based on her doctoral research on San identity in northern Namibia.

Originally founded to address the scant presence of African artists on the international scene, Guns & Rain represents practitioners from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Nigeria. The gallery’s bold and diverse selection of works illuminates contemporary artists’ concerns with identity, belonging, history, land and struggle: what Julie believes to be the “cornerstone themes of southern Africa.” 

The gallery regularly participates in art fairs such as FNB Joburg Art Fair,  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Also Known As Africa (AKAA) Paris, and will exhibit at this year’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

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Stephanie Yeap spoke with Julie via video call between London and Johannesburg…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

We are ethical, transparent, ambitious, resourceful, and savvy. I think there’s a lot of unethical behaviour in our industry, so businesses and organisations can really improve on that front by making their values clear. 

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Suffrage at Guns & Rain Gallery

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Guns & Rain gallery is pleased to share their current exhibition ‘Suffrage’. With multiple African elections taking place in 2019, this group show for Guns & Rain women artists reflects on women’s right to vote, and women’s rights more broadly – 101 years after (some) women’s suffrage.
Among other themes, these artists comment on the gendered nature of political participation, representation, history and memory, and failures of the state. Our fantastic line-up of artists includes Tuli Mekondjo (Namibia), Jenny Nijenhuis(South Africa),  Ayobola Kekere-Ekun (Nigeria), Jo Rogge (South Africa/Namibia) and Carmen Ford (South Africa).

The show is ongoing until July 24th.

Guns & Rain present Faith: Rituals, Spirit & Sea

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Guns & Rain Gallery is pleased to present Faith: Rituals, Spirit & Sea, Mozambican artist Mário Macilau’s first solo show in Johannesburg, in collaboration with Ed Cross Fine Art, London.

Based in Maputo, Mário Macilau is an award-winning photographer who works with “the ghosts of society” – socially isolated groups and subcultures – activating subjects and their stories through a psychologically sensitive lens. He believes in the people and places that he documents and represents, and views his artistic practice as a tool for social change.

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Animals are Good to Think With at Guns & Rain Gallery

Monday, April 1st, 2019

It’s hard to believe that almost exactly a year ago, Guns & Rain opened their new space in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. They are please to present their quirky and provocative new group show, “Animals are Good to Think With”,  featuring Ann Gollifer (Botswana), Vernon Reed (South Africa), Tawanda Takura (Zimbabwe) and Rosemarie Marriott (South Africa).

In 1962, French structural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, in his work on totemism, coined the famous – now even clichéd – phrase that “animals are good to think with”. He argued that animals were not simply good to eat; nor were they simply objects of identification or symbolism, but rather part of a structure of human thinking that was common across all societies.

The exhibition is ongoing through April 12th.

Guns & Rain at AKAA in Paris this November

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Guns & Rain is pleased to participate in the AKAA – Also Known As Africa Fair. The third edition of the fair will be held from November 9th to 11th at the Carreau du Temple in Paris. It is the only art fair in France devoted to contemporary art and design centred on Africa. Since its first edition in 2016, AKAA stands for a multi-faceted Africa, which transcends historical boundaries and whose voices resonate in the four corners of the world, carried by the vision of each artist.

This year AKAA returns with the same desire to showcase a vibrant art scene, brought together by all the artists claiming a link to Africa. As in the previous editions, all types of contemporary art expressions will be in the spotlight : sculpture, painting, photography, video installation, performance and design.  Guns & Rain will present – Asanda Kupa, Thina Dube, and Ann Gollifer at AKAA.

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