Art and Design

Reflections on Home: Exploration of a fallacy
Reflections on Home: Exploration of a fallacy
Jo’burg will make you cling to every single one of your gods. Every one of your spiritual guides, your ancestors, your vices. You’ll create rigid...
Dineo Seshee Bopape: The madness of the holes in the whole
Dineo Seshee Bopape: The madness of the holes in the whole
Consider Dineo Seshee Bopape. Right now she is a voice. Disembodied. Streaming out from the screen. A blinking machine. The voice is rough with...
Horrors hidden in plain sight
Horrors hidden in plain sight
Under Dr Wouter Basson’s supervision, Project Coast, apartheid South Africa’s chemical and biological warfare programme, mastered the idea of...
Graffiti and Herman Mashaba's bid to erase public art histories
Graffiti and Herman Mashaba's bid to erase public art histories
In his piece The Public Art Hustle, curator Khwezi Gule argues that, in the same way backpackers are at the vanguard of bourgeois tourism,...
Aspire Art Auctions: From Pierneef to perfection
Aspire Art Auctions: From Pierneef to perfection
What Auction house Aspire Art is holding its inaugural sale of historical, modern and contemporary art on Monday 31...
Snatched images turn 'Horsemen' into pretty postcards
Snatched images turn 'Horsemen' into pretty postcards
Thom Pierce’s The Horsemen of Semonkong is arresting in its aesthetic beauty. The riders – men, women and sometimes children – look...
​Un/Settled: The absolution that wasn't, and the meaning of being white today
​Un/Settled: The absolution that wasn't, and the meaning of being white today
We grew up in the years just after apartheid ended and since primary school, we have been told we are children of the rainbow nation. Today there is...
​Joël Mpah Dooh’s latest work explores the idea of collective fragility
​Joël Mpah Dooh’s latest work explores the idea of collective fragility
Cameroonian artist Joël Mpah Dooh’s new work, Since We Last Met, is a “polite” way of introducing some of the trauma he has been processing since his 
Duo takes printing from A to Z
Duo takes printing from A to Z
When the Post-Its exhibition was staged at Constitution Hill in July, the media storm concentrated on Ayanda Mabulu’s painting of Atul Gupta and...
Mazisi Kunene, an epic Zulu poet, is remembered during Poetry Africa
Mazisi Kunene, an epic Zulu poet, is remembered during Poetry Africa
Writer, poet and academic Es’kia Mphahlele once wrote about the damage that the television series Shaka Zulu caused, saying it made a...
FAKA: Making living performance art that flips the script on gender norms
FAKA: Making living performance art that flips the script on gender norms
Fela Gucci and Desire Marea may be the monikers of gender-nonconforming performance artists Thato Ramaisa and Buyani Duma, but the characters were...
The Brother Moves On: Mourning Nkush in a befittingly spectacular occupation
The Brother Moves On: Mourning Nkush in a befittingly spectacular occupation
“This is exactly how we are transforming... how we are transforming issues of redress and the like. Art is learned, in this context.” – (Itai...
#Brangelina has come apart: Here is a pre-BrexPitt timeline of the couple's public relationship
#Brangelina has come apart: Here is a pre-BrexPitt timeline of the couple's public relationship
Activist, actress, lecturer, philanthropist and busy mum 
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
"Culturally, when you would be given a name, you’d be given the name of a hardworking person in the hopes that you would contribute to the society...
A history of violence - Lerato Shadi's work asks: Are we really a 'post' colony?
A history of violence - Lerato Shadi's work asks: Are we really a 'post' colony?
There are moments of extreme discomfort that come with watching performance artist Lerato Shadi’s ...

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