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Opening Reception for Collectors Focus V: “Courage is as Contagious as Fear: Selected works from the Hoosein Mahomed Collection

February 8 @ 10:00 am

Zanele Muholi, Sifikile, Nuoro, Italy, 2015, 2015.
© Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York.

Norval Foundation patrons, members and the public are invited to a exhibition recpetion and first viewing of Collector’s Focus V, Courage is as Contagious as Fear: Selected Works from the Hoosein Mahomed Collection. 

Courage is as Contagious as Fear: Selected Works from the Hoosein Mahomed Collection is part of Norval Foundation’s ongoing Collector’s Focus series of exhibitions and talks highlighting the divergent ways collections of visual art and design are assembled, managed, understood and engaged with by audiences. Initiated by the Foundation’s Founding CEO, Elana Brundyn, this series draws upon a broad range of local, national and international collections, owned by private individuals, corporate entities and public institutions, to consider the impact of these collections on the practice of collecting and, more broadly, in shaping culture.

Courage is as Contagious as Fear presents a selection of works from the collection of entrepreneur and attorney Hoosein Mahomed. Beginning with his first acquisition in 2007, Mahomed has established himself as a collector by acquiring works by prominent mid-career and established contemporary South African artists, as well as supporting younger artists at the beginning of their careers. Mahomed finds the acquisition process to be an acutely personal exercise, noting, “I think it’s not so much about collecting objects. It’s really about collecting memories. And it starts as one delves very deeply within the individual self, in order to begin the process of relearning and unlearning oneself through images”.

Scheduled Programme:

10:00 – 11:00 – Members’ Only Preview

11:00 – Exhibition Open

12:30 – Hoosein Mahomed in conversation with Exhibition Curator, Daniel Rautenbach (Atrium)


February 8
10:00 am
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