The Art of Comics : French bandes dessinées and South African comics in conversation

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The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa are pleased to present The Art of Comics, an exciting new exhibition that showcases the fascinating worlds of South African comics and French bandes dessinées, the famous French comic style.

The Art of Comics, which will take place from 19 September until 17 November 2019 at the JAG, will offer visitors a rich variety of contemporary South African comics and graphic novels that explore themes of history, folklore, science fiction, autobiography and new developments in the field, such as augmented reality comics. The exhibition will also include a special section on French Speaking Comics Today, curated by Thierry Groensteen, one of France’s leading bande dessinée researchers and theorists.

Various workshops will be organised for schools and the general public, led by South African and French experts as well as special guests, to learn about the techniques around comics, animation, augmented reality, and much more.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with Comic Con Africa, the continent’s largest comic festival, to give the public a wider look into the world of comics and animation.

Discover South African and French talent

The work of important South African artists, including Loyiso Mkize, Mogorosi Motshumi and Luke Molver, will be on display. Mkize is the talent behind South Africa’s first real superhero, Khwezi, and behind The Art of Comics’ visual identity, while Motshumi is the first black South African to publish an autobiography in a graphic novel format, entitled The Initiation. Molver is the artist behind the 1980s comic strip Sloppy. He will soon be launching the second edition of his Shaka Rising graphic novel series.

Some of the best French bandes dessinées artists will be showcased, including Riad Sattouf, cartoonist, comic artist, and film director who worked for the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo and wrote The Secret Life of Teenagers, as well as Pénélope Bagieu, author of the successful illustrated blog My Life is Fascinating, and Lewis Trondheim, an award-winning comic author, who created the independent bande dessinée publishing house L’association.

The work of other artists linked to animation and innovative formats, such as virtual reality, will also be displayed, including a VR experience of the short film Accused #2, based on sound archives from the famous Rivonia trial.


> Date :
From Thursday 19 September to Sunday 17 November
Public opening on Thursday 19 September at 17:00

> Venue :
Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG)
Corner Klein and King George Streets,
Joubert Park, Johannesburg
JAG has access to secure parking situated on premise

> JAG’s opening hours :
Tuesday – Sunday : 10:00 – 17:00

> Admission :
Free entrance

> More information here


The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
Mylene Loubiere
T : 011 403 0458

The Art of Comics is organised by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the French Institute of South Africa and the Embassy of France in South Africa, and sponsored by Total.

publie le 10/09/2019

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