29 February — 9 March 2024

What am I doing Here…: Travelscapes

a group exhibition envisioned by Isaac Benigson

Installation View

A collaboration between Belmacz and Isaac Benigson Special Projects, What am I doing Here…: Travelscapes is a group exhibition inspired by a question of travel and landscape and the changes that occur during the alteration of location.


Georgina Gratrix, Overseas, 2011

oil on board, 50 x 72 cm

The exhibition’s title, What am I Doing Here, is an allusion to Bruce Chatwin’s collection of essays, and his last published work in his lifetime. Bernard Levin, the infamous and revered columnist and broadcaster, said we travel because we think somewhere over the next hill there is still mystery, there is still something to be found that has not yet been found. We travel abroad for the same reason we travel inward, for the mystery we hope to find. To travel may be better than to arrive. This presentation of paintings will bring together artists and friends to examine notions of introspective thought, pilgrimage, walking, exploration, voyage and counter feelings of tourism, the sinister and the sunburnt.

Hawazin Alotaibi

It Winks

Hawazin Alotaibi, It Winks, 2023

acrylic and printmaking on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

Stuart Dodds

Sidi El Béchir Tunisia

Stuart Dodds, Sidi El Béchir Tunisia, 2023

oil on cardboard, 13 x 16 cm

Joe Fox

Kiss Goodbye

Joe Fox, Kiss Goodbye, 2023

blow pen paint on paper, 61.5 x 68 cm (framed)

Georgina Gratrix

Timothy Hyman

Conversation in a Taxi (Me and Hodgkin)

Timothy Hyman, Conversation in a Taxi (Me and Hodgkin), 1978

oil on wood, 85 x 127 cm (framed)

Vivienne Koorland

Oval Vignette, August 18

Vivienne Koorland, Oval Vignette, August 18, 2004

oil on linen, 61 x 46 cm

Nina Milner

How did I Get Here

Nina Milner, How did I Get Here, 2024

oil on canvas, 49.5 x 31.5 cm

Myles Oxenford

Moonlight Serenade

Myles Oxenford, Moonlight Serenade, 2023

oil on canvas, 40 x 64.5 cm

Tobit Roche

Red Hill Garhwal Uttarkhand

Tobit Roche, Red Hill Garhwal Uttarkhand, 2021

oil on canvas, 42 x 32 cm (framed)

Caspar Giorgio Williams

Williams Untitled (Passenger)

Caspar Giorgio, Williams Untitled (Passenger), 2023

watercolour and ink on paper, 17.5 x 25 cm


Artist biographies





Hawazin Alotaibi (b. 1993, Wisconsin, USA) lives and works in London. She studied painting at the University of the Arts London before completing her masters at the Royal College of Art, London in 2021.


Stuart Dodds (b. 1995, Hermanus, South Africa) is a multimedia artist. Opting to forego a formal arts education he developed his practice alongside his artistic peers in and around Cape Town.


Joe Fox (b. 1995, London, UK) graduated from The Royal Drawing School in 2019. He lives and works in London.


Georgina Gratrix (b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico) grew up in Durban, South Africa. She studied painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where she graduated in 2005.


Timothy Hyman (b. 1946, Hove, UK) is a Royal Academician. Between 1963 and 1967 he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 2007 he won the National Portrait Gallery’s Travel Award. He lives and works in London.


Vivienne Koorland (b. 1957, South Africa) graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 1977. Subsequently, she travelled through Europe, studying at the Universität der Künste (Berlin) and Ecole des Beaux-arts (Paris) before completing her MFA at Columbia University (New York) in 1984. Koorland lives and works in New York City.


Nina Milner (b. 1988, South Africa) is currently studying at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She is the caretaker of a historic apartment building in central Cape Town.


Myles Oxenford (b. 1977, Plymouth, UK) lives and works in rural Cornwall. He first studied at the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh before completing his studies at Falmouth College of Art in 2000.


Tobit Roche (b. 1954, Manchester, UK) spent his childhood in Hong Kong, Canada and India. After studying at the Ontario College of Art, Canada, he lived for a year in Sussex, UK, working with Charleston’s collection of artworks made by Duncan Grant. Tobit subsequently completed his studies at the Camberwell School of Art, London.


Caspar Giorgio Williams (b. 1993, London, UK) is an Anglo- Italian watercolourist, curator and art professional. He lives and works in London.

This exhibition was born out of a conversation during Isaac Benigson’s visit to Mexico City, to attend Georgina Gratrix’s 2023 presentation of paintings. He began thinking about how artists record their travels. The exhibition’s basis is rooted in the two foremost travellers in his scrapbook of references, Bruce Chatwin, the extraordinary thinker and writer and the fictional film character, the journalist, David Locke, from Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger, from 1975. In London, What am I doing Here…: Travelscapes, has been realised through further conversations and with the support of numerous agential friends; including Julia Muggenburg, whose ongoing dialogue has helped form the tenues of the thinking explored here, and a special thanks to Silka Rittson Thomas.


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