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Korabra

Solo show at The Bluecoat Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Edward Totah Gallery. 1986
Date: 4 September, 1986 until 27 September, 1986
Organiser: Edward Totah Gallery

Korabra: Paintings by Gavin Jantjes, was an exhibition originated at Edward Totah Gallery, First Floor, 13 Old Burlington Street, London, taking place in 1986. (The exact dates of the London showing are not given in the accompanying catalogue, though its dates were 4 - 27 September 1986). Subsequent to its London showing, Korabra  was exhibited at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 18 October - 22 November 1986 and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 23 April - 5 June 1988. The series of paintings had been made at the West Indian Association Club in Coventry in 1986, and was introduced in an essay written by Caroline Collier (for the Edward Totah Gallery catalogue) as follows:

“Inhumanity, the turning of people into commodity, is the evil faced in the seven large paintings which Gavin Jantjes has completed in the last few months. Korabra, the title of the sequence of otherwise untitled works, means to the Akan people of Ghana ‘to go and come back’. It is also the signal drum played at funerals. The word implies a journey, the longing to return home, and the spirit questing after its fulfillment. For Jantjes the journey is as much a search for a painterly language capable of expressing his vision of the present and his feelings about the past, as it is an examination of the bitter facts of slavery.

     His research into the history of the slave trade has brought with it a rigorous way of looking at his situation as an artist who happens to be black. An awareness of slavery is inseperable from this situation: the psychological and spiritual implications of the crime that dispossessed 120 million people haunt their descendants. It is a curious point that the most unspeakable of the crimes of imperialism does not tend to preoccupy the descendants of its perpetrators, who are far more likely to congratulate themselves for the philanthropists who brought about the end of the practice than than to dwell on the enormity of the crime.”

The seven paintings - executed in a limited range of sombre colours - are all reproduced in the accompanyng catalogue. Poems by Edward Kamau Brathwaite (erroneously named as Braithwaite in the catalogue) accompanied the paintings.

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Born, 1948 in Cape Town, South Africa

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»  The Bluecoat Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom

»  Edward Totah Gallery

London, United Kingdom

»  Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Coventry, United Kingdom

Edward Totah Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Edward Totah Gallery (no longer in operation) was the originating venue for Korabra: Paintings by Gavin Jantjes. The gallery was located at First Floor, 13 Old Burlington Street, London, and the exhibition took place in 1986. (The exact dates of the London showing are not given in the accompanying catalogue, though its dates were 4 - 27 September 1986). Subsequent to its London showing, Korabra  was exhibited at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 18 October - 22 November 1986 and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 23 April - 5 June 1988. The series of paintings had been completed in 1986, and was introduced in an essay written by Caroline Collier (for the Edward Totah Gallery catalogue) as follows:

“Inhumanity, the turning of people into commodity, is the evil faced in the seven large paintings which Gavin Jantjes has completed in the last few months. Korabra, the title of the sequence of otherwise untitled works, means to the Akan people of Ghana ‘to go and come back’. It is also the signal drum played at funerals. The word implies a journey, the longing to return home, and the spirit questing after its fulfillment. For Jantjes the journey is as much a search for a painterly language capable of expressing his vision of the present and his feelings about the past, as it is an examination of the bitter facts of slavery.

     His research into the history of the slave trade has brought with it a rigorous way of looking at his situation as an artist who happens to be black. An awareness of slavery is inseperable from this situation: the psychological and spiritual implications of the crime that dispossessed 120 million people haunt their descendants. It is a curious point that the most unspeakable of the crimes of imperialism does not tend to preoccupy the descendants of its perpetrators, who are far more likely to congratulate themselves for the philanthropists who brought about the end of the practice than than to dwell on the enormity of the crime.”

The seven paintings - executed in a limited range of sombre colours - are all reproduced in the accompanyng catalogue. Poems by Edward Kamau Brathwaite (erroneously named as Braithwaite in the catalogue) accompanied the paintings.

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Korabra - Gavin Jantjes

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1986
Published by: Edward Totah Gallery
Year published: 1986
Number of pages: 24
ISBN: 0 907773 07 9

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Small square catalogue for Korabra: Paintings by Gavin Jantjes, an exhibition originated at Edward Totah Gallery, First Floor, 13 Old Burlington Street, London, taking place in 1986. (The exact dates of the London showing are not given in this accompanying catalogue, though its dates were 4 - 27 September 1986). Subsequent to its London showing, Korabra  was exhibited at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 18 October - 22 November 1986 and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 23 April - 5 June 1988. The series of paintings had been completed in 1986, and was introduced in an essay by Caroline Collier (for the Edward Totah Gallery catalogue) as follows:

“Inhumanity, the turning of people into commodity, is the evil faced in the seven large paintings which Gavin Jantjes has completed in the last few months. Korabra, the title of the sequence of otherwise untitled works, means to the Akan people of Ghana ‘to go and come back’. It is also the signal drum played at funerals. The word implies a journey, the longing to return home, and the spirit questing after its fulfillment. For Jantjes the journey is as much a search for a painterly language capable of expressing his vision of the present and his feelings about the past, as it is an examination of the bitter facts of slavery.

     His research into the history of the slave trade has brought with it a rigorous way of looking at his situation as an artist who happens to be black. An awareness of slavery is inseperable from this situation: the psychological and spiritual implications of the crime that dispossessed 120 million people haunt their descendants. It is a curious point that the most unspeakable of the crimes of imperialism does not tend to preoccupy the descendants of its perpetrators, who are far more likely to congratulate themselves for the philanthropists who brought about the end of the practice than than to dwell on the enormity of the crime.”

The seven paintings - executed in a limited range of sombre colours - are all reproduced in this accompanyng catalogue (which was “Published with the financial assistance of the GLC”. Poems by Edward Kamau Brathwaite (erroneously named as Braithwaite in the catalogue) accompanied the paintings.

Contents of the catalogue as follows:

TO GO AND COME BACK - essay by Caroline Collier

Extracts from the poetry of Edward Kamau Brathwaite, set alongside (on the facing page) each of the seven paintings in the series.

Gavin Jantjes CV

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Zulu: The Space above your Head

Solo show at City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. 1989
Date: 9 September, 1989 until 22 October, 1989
Organiser: Edward Totah Gallery

Zulu: The Space above your Head was an exhibition of new work by Gavin Jantjes, which took place 9 September - 22 October 1989 at the City Museum & art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Press release as follows:

Gavin Jantjes is best known for his striking paintings which often combine images from different cultures. Over the past two years he has been working on a new series of paintings which develop these concerns.

“”Zulu”, the title of this exhibition, literally translated means “the space above your head”. Some of the new paintings refer to the sky or the heavens and consist of images of clouds, or, in other instances, words and figures floating against a dark background.

Another group of paintings are concerned with the relationships between African art and European modernism. African masks are juxtaposed with “ideal” geometric shapes or figures taken from Picasso’s early Cubist paintings.

A number of the new pictures also incorporate three dimensional objects which reinforce the paintings (sic) powerful physical presence and add to the complex range of ideas and images.

This is the first major exhibition of Gavin Jantjes’s new work and promises to contain many exciting new developments. The exhibition has been organised by the Edward Totah Gallery, London,”

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Born, 1948 in Cape Town, South Africa

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»  City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Korabra: Paintings by Gavin Jantjes - preview card - London

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1986
Published by: Edward Totah Gallery
Year published: 1986
Unpaginated.

Preview card for Korabra: Paintings by Gavin Jantjes, an exhibition originated at Edward Totah Gallery, First Floor, 13 Old Burlington Street, London, taking place in 1986. (The exact dates of the London showing were 4 - 27 September 1986). The card featured a colour repoduction of one of the seven paintings in the series, Untitled, 1986, sand, pigment and acrylic on canvas 180 x 200 cm. The date and time of the preview was 3 September 1986, 6 - 8pm.

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Gavin Jantjes: Recent Work

Solo show at Edward Totah Gallery. 1990
Date: 6 September, 1990 until 29 September, 1990
Organiser: Edward Totah Gallery

Exhibition of recent work by Gavin Jantjes, held at Edward Totah Gallery, London, a gallery with which Jantjes had a strong association over several years. Dates of the exhibition were 6 - 29 September 1990, with a Private View held on 5 September 1990, 6 - 8pm.

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Gavin Jantjes: Recent Work - Private View card

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1990
Published by: Edward Totah Gallery
Year published: 1990
Unpaginated.

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Private View card for an exhibition of recent work by Gavin Jantjes, held at Edward Totah Gallery, London, a gallery with which Jantjes had a strong association over several years. Dates of the exhibition were 6 - 29 September 1990, with the Private View held on 5 September 1990, 6 - 8pm.

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