Art and Design

Art-making and world-building in Kaliyu-topia
Art-making and world-building in Kaliyu-topia
Kaliyu-topia, Kiveshan Thumbiran’s MA exhibition, takes a look at South African Indians in post-apartheid South Africa, and remixes...
Art and activism become one
Art and activism become one
About six months ago, long-time friends Bradley Williams and DJ Kenzhero opened up Artivist. In the heart of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the restaurant-cum-gallery seeks to become a lighthouse of cultural experiences. Zaza Hlalethwa spoke to its owners...
Kaliyu-topia: Displacement questioned at the end of days
Kaliyu-topia: Displacement questioned at the end of days
Kiveshan Thumbiran’s exhibition title, Kaliyu-topia, is a hybrid word borrowing from Kaliyug, a Hindu reference to the end of time for...
Mating Birds Vol.2: Love and its perversions under the Immorality Act
Mating Birds Vol.2: Love and its perversions under the Immorality Act
Co-curating, as well as participating in an arts writing workshop running parallel to the exhibition, Sumayya Menezes reflects on trawling...
The Portfolio: Tsakane Maubane
The Portfolio: Tsakane Maubane
There is a heroism to photographing on film in the age of the fourth industrial revolution. It harks back to when being a photographer took a...
Immorality Act stripped to its essence
Immorality Act stripped to its essence
Set in Durban and published after the Acts prohibiting mixed marriages were repealed, Lewis Nkosi's Mating Birds explores the enduring...
IKEA brings African creatives on board
IKEA brings African creatives on board
A Swedish word, överallt, meaning ubiquitous or everywhere, could also accurately describe the current influence Africa seems to be having on the...
JAG exhibition sparks new discussion on all your faves
JAG exhibition sparks new discussion on all your faves
Sometime in 2018, Johannesburg Art Gallery chief curator Khwezi Gule was poring over the gallery’s collection and its attendant archive with the...
Rapacious miners unmasked
Rapacious miners unmasked
When Bishop Jo Seoka addressed the annual meeting of BASF shareholders in 2015 in Mannheim, Germany, write Maren Grimm and Jakob Krameritsch,...
To know Jean-Michel Basquiat, look at his art
To know Jean-Michel Basquiat, look at his art
A painting can “not simply be reduced to what only a formal examination of its evidentiary summary allows”, writes curator and art critic Okwui...
Behind the photo
Behind the photo
At artist Thokozani Mthiyane’s U-shaped flat in Doornfontein, I was overwhelmed by his space, his artworks everywhere and how the light was...
Proclamation 73: Forgotten people returned to history
Proclamation 73: Forgotten people returned to history
Imagine being in your local museum, but the people represented on the walls don’t look like you.
Mahobe  gets his chance to shine
Mahobe  gets his chance to shine
Growing up in Sophiatown and later in Western Native Township in the 1940s and 1950s, artist Monty Mahobe was kind of cajoled into drawing by his...
Resistance Against The Repatriation Of African Artefacts
Resistance Against The Repatriation Of African Artefacts
British Author and radio presenter Tiffany Jenkins published a piece in The Observer stating her reasons about western museums should keep...

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