The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) continues to bring diverse perspectives on contemporary art from Asia, Africa, and around the world through its official podcast, “Speaking of Art.” The latest episode offers an engrossing journey into the world of transformative artist Gavin Jantjes.
Hosted by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of the Foundation and The Africa Institute, the episode features curator Salah M. Hassan and artist Gavin Jantjes himself. The trio provides a nuanced examination of Jantjes’ artistic journey, his challenges, and the enduring impact of his work.
Listeners gain unique insights into Jantjes’ multifaceted creative process, which includes his roles as a painter, printmaker, writer, curator, and activist. The discussion highlights how Jantjes consistently challenges expectations of Black creativity, forging artistic bridges across communities and timelines. The podcast also contextualizes Jantjes’ powerful artwork within his current exhibition, “To Be Free! A Retrospective 1970-2023.”