Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South

25 October 2022 – 22 February 2023

Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South features the works of three pioneering women artists, Frida Kahlo, Amrita Sher-Gil and Irma Stern, together in South Africa and in Africa, for the first time.

The exhibition examines the constructions of ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘indigenous’ identities through portraiture and self-portraiture. Contextualising the locations where the artists produced from at a particular point, the exhibition provides an archive of their experiences, inspiration and collections during this time. It offers an intimate experience with an iconic artwork by each artist.

This is the third and final exhibition that concludes JCAF’s first research theme Female Identities in the Global South.

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Photo credits: Fritz Henle, Frida in her studio (1943). Courtesy Fritz Henle Estate | Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Amrita at her easel. Simla, India (1937). Courtesy The Estate of Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and PHOTOINK | Irma Stern in her studio (1936). Courtesy National Library of South Africa, Cape Town