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Athi Mongezeleli Joja

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

    Art and politics: Blessing Ngobeni brings us back to the reality
    Art and politics: Blessing Ngobeni brings us back to the reality
    The present is a congested space, filled with things running parallel, transverse and superimposed. This complex interplay somewhat defines what is...
    Athi-Patra Ruga's latest art shows 'Azania' without a purpose
    Athi-Patra Ruga's latest art shows 'Azania' without a purpose
    It is a Saturday, July 4, at the National Arts Festival. The infamous wintry cold of Grahamstown is conceding to the lukewarm sunshine. We are on...
    Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic
    Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic
    Karl Marx’s critique of religious ideology contains an injunction against the exploitation of labour in the workplace.
    Writing’s on the wall for Robin Rhode
    Writing’s on the wall for Robin Rhode
    What is it about “the artist” that still beguiles us today? Can we still talk of the artist’s “spirit of … both flame and fever”...
    Story of destruction told through photos of eerie beauty
    Story of destruction told through photos of eerie beauty
    Once I stood on the precipice of a hill and stifled a scream. Like Mitch's mother Lydia in Hitchcock's Birds, my scream was stuck inside my throat....
    Artist Kemang wa Lehulere's journey through relics and erasures
    Artist Kemang wa Lehulere's journey through relics and erasures
    It is said that the bones of the dead become restless when buried in unknown lands. But the repatriation of the remains of anti-apartheid journalist...
    Gallery Momo: No titles enable your own take
    Gallery Momo: No titles enable your own take
    Gallery Momo’s group exhibition, which closed off 2014’s art calendar and begins the new season, is neither titled nor arbitrarily framed around...
    Essop brothers' exhibit probes stereotypes, violence and anonymity
    Essop brothers' exhibit probes stereotypes, violence and anonymity
    The winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2014, Hasan and Husain Essop, are exhibiting Unrest, a new body of work that...
    The politics of colour in art
    The politics of colour in art
    Ponder on colour is the challenge of Chroma, the summer group show of the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town. The title, which refers to the...
    The female form through Wangechi
Mutu's lens
    The female form through Wangechi Mutu's lens
    The University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh campus hall is buzzing with noise. Already a few empty wine glasses lie discarded in corners, drained in...
    African distortions painted bare
    African distortions painted bare
    On the night of the opening a curator at Stevenson Gallery’ welcomes me with her usual warmth. I mention, jokingly, that the show is rather...
    Feathers unfurl, steel surrounds
    Feathers unfurl, steel surrounds
    It is interesting to see what critics have written about Mohau Modisakeng's exhibition Ditaola, currently showing at Brundyn+ gallery. That he is an...