Privileges of Proximity: In conversation with the University’s Art Collection

Curated by Thabo Seshoka

Curatorial Statement

University Collections are traditionally shaped by the notion of collecting in the present and preserving for the future. In most cases, art collections are often built around particular periods, sentiments, and ideologies. The process of collecting and managing collections is subjective and customarily pivots around ‘selection’, ‘omission’ or ‘under – representation’.

This exhibition draws on the UJ Art Collection and seeks to consider and critically engage with the different approaches and ideologies that informed its establishment, and further re-imagine, interrogate and ‘re-position’ the artists whose works form part of these collections in present day society.


Jakobus Hendrik Pierneef


Oil on board


Peter Lamb

Mine Dancers

Oil on board