The Scheryn Art Collection is very pleased to have Original Sin – Fall of the Damned as Damaged, 1993 by Johannes Phokelaexhibited in Only Sun in The Sky Knows How I Feel (A Lucid Dream) at Zeitz MOCAA. The exhibition is curated by Koyo Kouoh and Storm Janse van Rensburg, with assistance from Curatorial Assistant Beata America. The exhibition runs from 28 October 2021 – 29 May 2022.

This project marks almost a decade since Phokela’s last institutional show and includes a select survey of his oeuvre from the last three decades. The exhibition positions Phokela as a painter of significance in an African and international context and aims to provide new insights into the artist’s practice, process, thinking and intentions. The exhibition is organised around Phokela’s obsessive engagement with pictures – his concerns with pictorial traditions and images are tools to critique social mores and corrupt value systems in the aftermath of empire.

Scheryn is grateful to Zeitz MOCAA for the opportunity to continue to share the collection. We openly welcome any loan requests for artworks in the collection. It is our aim that the collection becomes available to the public in a way that allows educational opportunities and engages new audiences.

Images: Courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA and photographer © Dillon Marsh