Art and Design

El Anatsui comes back to Africa
El Anatsui comes back to Africa
Over the years I have often found myself embroiled in passionate debates both at home and abroad about what constitutes contemporary art.
But some of us are brave
But some of us are brave
Athi-Patra Ruga’s avatars are black women — subversive, confrontational, playful, complex, brave. His oeuvre fucks with the exclusion that...
Ruga explores exile within
Ruga explores exile within
Athi-Patra Ruga’s work involves a communal process of weaving together personal and shared histories, moving towards the formation of a new...
Print, publish, distribute
Print, publish, distribute
You may think of Lephephe Print Gatherings as a strategy for person-to-person distribution or perhaps as an event to recognise the place of print...
For an Arts fix don't miss this
For an Arts fix don't miss this
Flotsam by Caryn Scrimeour. Why do we collect and arrange miscellaneous objects and trinkets in an attempt to fill...
Self-care through the art of drag
Self-care through the art of drag
“Drag is a statement of my queer imagination. It allows me to express myself in such a fearless and fierce way,” says Belinda Qaqamba Fassie,...
Casting history to his own Drum beat
Casting history to his own Drum beat
“I did some research about African photographers but it was rather dispiriting. It seemed there were none … Finally, I discovered that the...
Beware the white gaze
Beware the white gaze
A woman stands before a bright turquoise wall. She clutches a sweet inside its wrapper, close to her chest. She is looking down, head tilted...
Things you shouldn't miss this weekend
Things you shouldn't miss this weekend
The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. Be blown away by innovative design, food, wine and all things “well made in Africa”....
Kgomotso Neto Tleane: Capturing the beauty of and in us
Kgomotso Neto Tleane: Capturing the beauty of and in us
Despite not appearing in them, Kgomotso Neto Tleane’s photographs are a form of self-portraiture. By trusting his self-taught eye, Tleane has...
Mame-Diarra Niang: A soul turned inside out
Mame-Diarra Niang: A soul turned inside out
I was not prepared to meet Mame-Diarra Niang. Prior to landing at her studio residency on the upper gallery of the Stevenson gallery, I had only...
Who no know
Who no know
This is what is known. Mame-Diarra Niang is a self-taught artist and photographer raised between Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and France. Her work...
Mame-Diarra Niang's vision for the invisible
Mame-Diarra Niang's vision for the invisible
In Mame-Diarra Niang’s constructed Black Hole, there is, quite immediately, little room for journalistic subterfuge. As the realisation settles...

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