Art and Design

Thokozani Mthiyane: Patching up the male psyche
Thokozani Mthiyane: Patching up the male psyche
On Thokozani Mthiyane’s walls, among photographs, heirlooms and works in progress, is a series of almost life-size oil portraits on canvases....
Billie Zangewa's self in a patchwork of silk
Billie Zangewa's self in a patchwork of silk
Using the traditional techniques of tapestry, Billie Zangewa meticulously weaves silk into collages.
She fights for artists’ rights
She fights for artists’ rights
‘Decentralisation is meant to give artists who are not in Johannesburg or Cape Town access to grants,” says Kabelo Malatsie, the recently...
The quiet activism of exposing everyday fragility
The quiet activism of exposing everyday fragility
For a long time it has been considered improper, at least in critical circles, to hold the belief that a photograph could have universal interest....
Both physical presence, and authenticity
Both physical presence, and authenticity
How does one present a show that is expansive and yet retains coherence and intimacy? How does one curate a group show that affords each individual...
Art does not need another hero: Reflections on the 10th Berlin Biennale
Art does not need another hero: Reflections on the 10th Berlin Biennale
What would European and North American collections look like if institutions, curators, and acquisitions committees didn’t continue to see the...
Beyoncé and co paint the Louvre proudly black
Beyoncé and co paint the Louvre proudly black
About a week ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z released their joint album, Everything is Love, while on stage during the European leg of their On...
Soundscapes of a war zone
Soundscapes of a war zone
We take art as it is and make of it what we want. The artist has the responsibility to take their labour and bring it to life for their audience....
Rethinking a key festival of African art
Rethinking a key festival of African art
The Dakar biennale, Dak’art, has long been the meeting place for contemporary African art. It concluded its 13th edition on June 2.
Weaving rugs into works of art
Weaving rugs into works of art
On some days, Nkuli Mlangeni’s mornings start aboard a flight on her way back to South Africa after an in-and-out trip to a European country. On...
Strength in fluid moonbeams
Strength in fluid moonbeams
In her current exhibition, there are even moonbeams we can unfold, ruby onyinyechi amanze invites viewers into a speculative universe...
The history of collecting art – a timeline
The history of collecting art – a timeline
Centuries ago, a lucrative culture of buying art was established. Rich people began buying art for three reasons: it looks beautiful, it makes...
The art of being opaque: Why Zeitz should open its books
The art of being opaque: Why Zeitz should open its books
The resignation of Mark Coetzee, formerly the chief curator and director of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), has raised...
How Mark Coetzee's resignation may lift the lid on the arts industry's practices
How Mark Coetzee's resignation may lift the lid on the arts industry's practices
Arts journalist Matthew Blackman was among the first sceptics of Zeitz MOCAA, a position he has maintained through to last week’s resignation...

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