Gallery Biography

The Kalashnikovv Gallery was established in 2013 by long term collaborators M.J Turpin and Matthew Dean Dowdle out of frustration with the current South African Contemporary Art world and by extension, the prevailing “white cube” gallery discourse. They chose to create a hybrid space, bouncing to and fro between an independent artist-run space, project space and commercial gallery space. Another key factor in the gallery’s inception was the decision not to compartmentalize creativity by showing art that is solely validated through academic practice and saleability. the Kalashnikovv ethos will forever champion the progressive alternative, the “outsider”, the artist as curator and the independent artist in all their creative guises and manifestations. Their existence is an endeavour to change perceptions around art, to move the industry forward as a whole, to be a catalyst for change and to make art accessible for all. Kalashnikovv strives to create exhibitions and scenarios that will cause artists, curators and the public to question their own place in this ever-evolving art world.

Mission Statement

The very nature of art questions the status quo. It gives voice to those who cannot speak. It is a platform for those who are not heard or seen.

Kalashnikovv is a contemporary fine art gallery and project space which is dedicated to providing support to both emerging and established South African artists.

Kalashnikovv challenges the conventions of the art gallery in its manifestation, conduct, audience and motivation. Convention has made art a pastime of the elite. Kalashnikovv is a re-articulated exhibition space, orientated towards the deconstruction of the art–space.

This allows Kalashnikovv to be the first gallery to stop asking what art is, and rather answer where it can be found.


Simon and Mary
Punk and Ivy
Hunter Cycling
Live Magazine
Red Bull
New Balance

Aspire Art Auctions
Strauss & Co
The Bread
Liverty Africa
Between 10and5

Constitution Hill
Hector Pietersen Museum
Wits Art Museum
Gauteng Film Commision
Museum of African Design
Wits School of Digital Arts
British Council
The Bag Factory
Pro Helvetia
Alliance Francaise

Gallery Collaborations
Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, SA)
No End Contemporary (Johannesburg, SA)
World Art (Cape Town, SA)
Fried Gallery (Pretoria, SA)
.M Contemporary (Sydney, AUS)
SMITH Gallery (Cape Town, SA)
LKB/G (Hamburg, Germany)

Basha Uhuru Youth Day Arts Festival
A Maze Digital and Technology Festival
Fakugezi Digital Africa Festival
Le Grand Ball

Art Fairs

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (London, UK)
Supermarket Art Fair (Stockholm, Sweden)
FNB Art Joburg Fair (Johannesburg, SA)
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (Cape Town, SA)
RMB Turbine Art Fair (Johannesburg, SA)
Berliner Liste (Berlin, Germany)


Corporate Collections
First Rand

Private Collections
Gervanne & Matthias Leridon Collection