Athi Mongezeleli Joja

Athi Mongezeleli Joja is an art critic based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A member of the art collective Gugulective, he is currently studying toward his MFA at the University of the Witswatersrand on the critical practice of late critic Colin Richards. His writing has appeared in publications such as The Mail and Guardian, Art Throb, Contemporary And (C&), Chimurenga Chronic, and Africanah.

Pretensions of fighting for the oppressed and the totality of white power

We should be wary of taking theories of commitment and agency as self-evident; we should instead question their unspoken assumptions as we also question the motivations attendant to them

Drawing lines in art and politics

Judy Ann Seidman’s retrospective shows the complicity of antiblack racism in the white left

A Black Aesthetic lacks rigour

A Black Aesthetics as being uninventive and politically questionable

Fictive world is not escapist

Simphiwe Ndzube’s solo show in Cape Town offers no easy answers to deracinated utopias

Psychology of colour, texture

There is much more to the way Jody Paulsen uses his palette in ‘Water Me’

Ngobeni’s beautiful nightmare

The artist says our errors may give us the wisdom needed to confront these difficult times

Art and politics: Blessing Ngobeni brings us back to the reality

Despite seeming flamboyant or childlike, the artist's latest exhibition As If You Care tackles pertinent issues and shows his penchant for politic.

Athi-Patra Ruga’s latest art shows ‘Azania’ without a purpose

Athi-Patra Ruga's National Arts Festival show brings to mind a neo-avant-gardist catwalk display or an opening act for Lady Gaga, writes Athi Joja.

Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic

Simon Gush’s latest exhibition interrogates the central role played by work in the construction and perception of our identities.

Writing’s on the wall for Robin Rhode

Now based in Berlin, South Africa’s ‘poet of street art’ is back home with an exhibition that signals his intent to keep ‘flipping’ the art world.

Story of destruction told through photos of eerie beauty

Photographer Cedric Nunn's travelling exhibition puts the spotlight on the South Africa's past that's been neglected, distorted or forgotten.

Artist Kemang wa Lehulere’s journey through relics and erasures

Many of Kemang wa ­Lehulere’s signature items are present in his latest show, giving it a sense of being ongoing and transmuting.

Press Releases

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention

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