Robert A. Hamblin’s InterseXion to tour nationally

The complexities of sex work laid bare in InterseXion by Robert A. Hamblin

Whatever views individuals may hold about sex work, whatever the statutes may say about the legality of sex work, we cannot deny the humanity and inalienable rights of people who engage in sex work.”  Cyril Ramaphosa, 2016

Robert A. Hamblin presents InterseXion, a solo touring exhibition. This body of work is scheduled to tour nationally during 2017 and 2018.

InterseXion is centred within Hamblin’s photographic images, voice and video installations pertaining to sex work in South Africa, in particular, work with transgender women (male to female) who sell sex. Through this thought-provoking exhibition, Hamblin joins an active and ongoing debate around the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and the social-political issues surrounding individuals in the industry, wherein transgender women are described as the most vulnerable populations.

To survive living on the streets of Cape Town you just need to give them that theatre moment…. It’s about the look. It’s all within the look. A transwoman who looks like me, with drowsy eyes, like any other beautiful woman…. it becomes financially viable.” – Leigh Davids (Sex Worker and Activist),2017

Academics, feminists, activists and politicians alike are involved in a struggle to decriminalise sex work in South Africa. According to the sex work movement in South Africa, the criminalisation of sex work means that as many as 182,000 people who make a living selling sexual services remain vulnerable to abuse and have no recourse if they experience violence.

InterseXion seeks to encourage viewers to engage with the complexities of transgender sex work, poverty and social injustices. Hamblin engages with this complex subject from multiple perspectives by working with transgender women in urban and rural areas. Simultaneously, he pertinently juxtaposes himself, a privileged male trans person (female to male), to his subjects, conceptually and physically. Through this, the artworks act as a lens to engage with issues of both poverty and sex work in society and the classes who view this issue from afar.

InterseXion will debut at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg in June 2017 and travel to the Freestate and Cape provinces from there (venues and dates to be confirmed).


22 & 23 April 2017

Lizamore & Associates gallery - 155 Jan Smuts Avenue

Titled “Show me the Money”, this seminar focusses on critical financial aspects of the Visual Art Sector. 

Art Source South Africa and Lizamore & Associates are hosting a seminar on Professional Practice and the Business of Arts, for artists looking to effectively navigate their professional careers. Those who have attended past seminars will benefit from this new content, as well as those artists who are looking to understand how the financial side of a professional art career works. 

While talent, dedication, technical expertise and hard work are necessary to create an artwork; information, a clear plan and an understanding of the business of art develops a career! This is what this seminar programme offers. Building on eight years of presenting to artists, gallerists, lecturers and other visual arts professionals, the seminar series has been a popular event on the arts calendar and was nominated for a 2014 Business and Arts Awards.  These seminars are focused on key aspects of financial sustainability, career development, business strategy and industry knowledge that are necessary to navigate through the art world with success. 

Says a past delegate:  “Wow - was left so inspired by your seminar! I have so much to work for and look forward to. You all shared so much passion for the art world that I really do want to be part of it on a much bigger scale and you made me feel that it really is possible”. 

FEES: R 1300-00|  Includes: Two day seminar, full course pack, refreshments.

For bookings contact: Les Cohn - 082 395 7417 |


25: An Auction of Contemporary Art by Bag Factory


The Bag Factory in partnership the ABSA Gallery and Strauss & Co will be hosting “25 - An Auction of Contemporary Art” on Thursday 17 November at the ABSA Gallery from 6:30pm. Work by Benon Lutaaya, Louis Olivier, Peter Mammes, Justin Dingwall and Zolile Phetshane and many more will on auction.

The work will be available to preview at the Gallery from Thursday 10 November. The auction contains contemporary work that has either never been seen or created especially for this auction by some of SA’s most well known artists including Benon Lutaaya, Deborah Bell, Sam Nhlengethwa ,Nelson Makamo and many others. Estimates range from R3000 to R200000 so there is something for everyone!  We would like to invite you and your partner to join us for this exciting Auction.  

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016

Time: 18:00 for 19:00 - 21:30

Venue: Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg

Dress code: Business attire

RSVP to Ntokozo Mhlongo at 

or 082 894 2198 by Monday, 14 November 2016. 

You can review the catalogue of works available on auction here.

**Please note that the estimate on LOT 9 is incorrect and should read R10 000 - R7 000)