Art and Design

Designing a new theory of art
Designing a new theory of art
A few weeks ago, Standard Bank Art Gallery’s head curator Dr Same Mdluli facilitated a walkabout for A Black Aesthetic: A View of South...
Design Foundation Awards support local design industry
Design Foundation Awards support local design industry
Bonolo Chepape recently relocated from Mafikeng to her hometown of Rustenburg. The 27-year-old founder of design brand Lulasclan wanted to be...
More than one layer to the art and life of Tracey Rose
More than one layer to the art and life of Tracey Rose
A stillness is required to engage seriously with the work of Tracey Rose. Perhaps this has to do with the attractive, carnivalesque, risqué and...
Art history by two Bermans
Art history by two Bermans
An unattributed poster in the Historical Papers Research Archive in the University of the Witwatersrand’s William Cullen Library reads: “Archives, whether spaces or records, are continually transforming and shifting in meaning. They are fundamentally political in nature and as such...
The Portfolio: Londeka Thabethe
The Portfolio: Londeka Thabethe
It was on a cloudy morning in the winter of 2011 at my grandmother’s home in Wembezi, Estcourt, that I shot this image. A ceremony honouring our...
Embedding value into material culture at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair
Embedding value into material culture at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair
The Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) has most certainly seen an expansion in its layout, with the two most impactful creative labours being...
Mdingi isn’t your hype beast
Mdingi isn’t your hype beast
‘Why are we eating so fast?” asks Lukhanyo Mdingi, his hands poised as if to cue the gusts of parched summer wind that follow his question. We...
Worming into the guts of the unseen
Worming into the guts of the unseen
In the seminal text by Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, he argues for learning and teaching as a way to draw closer to a more...
The Portfolio: Andy Mkosi
The Portfolio: Andy Mkosi
In 2017, I spent a lot of time moving by taxi from Langa to Khayelitsha. En route, I spotted an area that I became curious about. One Friday, I...
Fictive world is not escapist
Fictive world is not escapist
Magical realism and Afrofuturism, as modes of conjuring alternate universes, are en vogue in today’s cultural practice. So much so that it might...
ICTAF: What is meaning when local goes global?
ICTAF: What is meaning when local goes global?
This is the third year that Tumelo Mosaka will be curating the fair, with his signature section being TOMORROWS/TODAY, a cross-section of emerging...
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...

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