exhibition and publication launch
14 September – 9 November 2019
opening: 14 September 2019, 14:00

the gallery, 44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

rocks is an exhibition about the same, curated by Chloë Reid and Matty Roodt. Less of a curatorial essay than a collection of things to be set out and looked at, rocks includes work by Nina Barnett, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Jared Ginsburg, Thami Jali, Io Makandal, Nabeeha Mohamed, Daniella Mooney, Sean O’Toole, Matty Roodt, Jonah Sack and Sitaara Stodel.

The Magic of Stones, a new chapbook by Sean O’Toole, will be launched at the exhibition opening.

rocks is a project by gallery, gallery in partnership with the gallery.

Image Credit:
From Where I Was, a project in parts: part two,
Io Makandal & Sam McCulloch, 2016
Michaelis Galleries
University of Cape Town
28 March – 18 April 2019

Curated by Nkule Mabaso, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose & Chloë Reid

An exhibition of sound-based work featuring FAKA, Mira Calix, Sean O’Toole, Jabu Nadia Newman, Kemang Wa Lehulere with Mandla Mlangeni, Quaid Heneke, Dani Kyengo, Jenna Burchell, James Webb, Mitchell Gilbert and Mia Thom.

In Listening Room, artists were invited to reflect on the position of audio in contemporary art practice. The exhibition appeals to the wider sensory possibilities in art and exhibition making, where the visual is so regularly dominant.

The exhibition was reviewed by Keely Shinners on artthrob.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
26 October 2018

Open Studio and Publication Launch at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios

A collection of short fiction published at the culmination of a fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and launched as part of an exhibition of audio and film, Healthy Body.
Reid Gallery
17 February - 7 March 2018
Curated by Chloë Reid

An exhibition of film and writing by Thabo Jijana, Jemma Kahn, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Rosa Lyster, Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Njabulo Ndebele, Sean O'Toole, Pravasan Pillay, Chad Rossouw, Penny Siopis, Helen Sullivan and Marianne Thesen Law.

The exhibition title is taken from Banana Moon by Thabo Jijana, 2017.

To see this story better, close your eyes gathers the work of twelve artists and writers currently exhibiting and publishing in South Africa. Each of the films, audio recordings and texts featured in the exhibition employ narrative as a technique, subject or medium. The work is deliberately positioned in the gallery to prompt multiple and overlapping readings.

This exhibition is curated by Chloë Reid, who has been generously assisted by Helen Sullivan in her capacity as editor of Prufrock magazine.

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Photography: Jack McCombe
The Glue Factory
8 - 18 June 2017
MFA Degree Show

A collection of short stories presented as part of an installation of video and audio pieces for The Glasgow School of Art MFA Degree Show.

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documents | solo exhibition by Chloë Reid at gallery aop, Johannesburg | 8 – 29 August 2015

documents is a series of works that decontextualize the highly developed language of maps, setting the stage for an imaginary leap towards a form of ‘original position’ from which to reinterpret this language.

The attempt to deconstruct any subject is contestable, let alone one as broad and complex as map-making. Hence the ‘imaginary leap’ that opens the way for the paring down of the overt and established meanings of the language, leaving only its structural grammar – the shape, mark and colour. In this way, I tentatively chart a way back to a fictional pre-language period or perhaps forward, to a fictional post-language period.

Maps stand as the medium in this endeavor, as the evidence of the absurdity inherent in our attempts to understand the relationship between the outside world and the self. The ‘documents’ of the exhibition are rendered, on practical terms, useless through processes of stripping down, layering and removing. What remains is a hypothesis for what might happen if we were left with the language of maps but knew nothing about the geographical, social and political worlds they describe.

documents provides a response to the bombardment of information and the structural directives that have become the contemporary quotidian.

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Hats off! | solo exhibition by Chloë Reid at gallery aop, Johannesburg | 5-26 October 2013

'What I really want, doctor, is this. On the day when the manuscript reaches the publisher, I want him to stand up – after he's read it through, of course – and say to his staff, 'Gentlemen, Hats off!'' – The Plague, Albert Camus

The exhibition Hats off!at gallery aop in 2013, engaged a series of narratives – largely appropriated from literary sources – that deal with failure in various forms. This theme magnified from the notion, discussed by Mark Sachner in Failure as Literary and Human form (1981), that we have ‘progressed beyond a point of understanding our own cultural expressions’ – that words and, by extension, art, fails as a means of reflecting our experience. This conclusion, if considered relevant, leaves the writer or artist in the incongruous position of wishing or feeling obligated to express something with the knowledge – or at least with a sense – that the medium of expression is likely to fail.
The exhibition was accompanied by an artist book detailing the extracts particular to each work.

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A collection of fairy stories from the archive of Ester Krumbachová, translated by Natalie Kollegova, Alena Kottova and Francis McKee. Design, Layout and Proofreading by Chloë Reid. Published to coincide with the exhibition A Weakness for Raisins, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.
A collection of short fiction published at the culmination of a fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and launched as part of an exhibition of audio and film, Healthy Body.
A collection of short stories presented as part of an installation of video and audio pieces for The Glasgow School of Art MFA Degree Show.
from the collection of short stories titled, ‘Healthy Body’, 2018

Healthy Body

I said that I was pleased to meet him. He offered me some lunch and I said no thank you, that I was about to go for a run. He said fantastic and that he was going to come with me. As I was tying my laces in the hall he started jumping up and squatting and jumping up and squatting and said that he hadn’t run in a while but that he was fit because of all the dancing he did. ‘And,’ he said, ‘I have my pride.’ A few minutes in he was breathing jaggedly and I suggested we walk for a bit. So we walked and he expressed disappointment with his performance. I said that he shouldn’t take it so hard, that he sounded like he might have a cold and that running is a different kind of fitness to other exercise. He said he wanted to be stronger. He said that it was important to have a healthy body in order to have a healthy mind and then repeated the words, ‘healthy body, healthy mind’, punching the air and panting. We ran for a little bit longer and then had to stop and walk again. I suggested we run slowly home together. He said he’d have no problem finding his way back on his own, that I could carry on if I wanted to. I said that I would like to carry on and that I’d see him in a little bit, and he looked me up and down and told me I was amazing.
from the collection of short stories titled, ‘Healthy Body’, 2018


I was telling them about how much I like to go to the cinema on my own. I said I like to go to the Friday matinee and sit in the middle of my own row on my own. Then she said that oh she’s a loner too. She likes to go on long walks on her own, clear her head. She finds it meditative. Sometimes she goes to bars on her own and reads her book. She never feels self-conscious because she’s just in her own world – you know? And I said that I felt that way too and that I did that kind of thing all the time. This went on for a while. He sat there frowning just slightly. There was a pause in the conversation and then he said, ‘I don’t like to do anything alone. I always like to do things with people. The only time I ever really do anything is if someone comes with me.’
from the collection of short stories titled, ‘Gently Tortured Green Plane’, 2017

Tiny Begonias

From my bed I can see tiny leaves pushing out from the stem of a begonia on the windowsill. Last night there were a few small swellings and this morning there are whole tiny begonias. They have pushed through the smooth skin of the plant like blind pimples that, when squeezed, secrete a miniature replica of the person bearing the blemish. This isn’t a particularly nice way to consider something that I am really quite happy about but there is an element of horror in witnessing a thing squeeze itself out of another thing. I saw a horse being born once in the very early morning and my feeling about it was not dissimilar. The thin tiny horse was bluish when it fell out onto the grass and glistening in the morning light. It walked almost instantly.
Article on the consequences of the closure of the Centre for Contemporary Arts following the fire at the Glasgow School of Art in June 2018.
An account of Sitting on a Man’s Head (2018), a collaboration between Okwui Okpokwasili, Peter Born and a number of Berlin-based artists at the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2018.
Review of the MFA Degree Show 2018 at the Glasgow School of Art. First published in Art Review Glasgow.
Contributor to issues 1 – 4
Proposal for a programme of hypothetical performances entitled, The Dancer’s Inherit the Party. Invited by Sarah Tripp and Produced by The Brighton Upton Trust.