Art and Design

Creating harmony and melody through the lens
Creating harmony and melody through the lens
Somewhere between the phrases “Africa, your time is now” and “the Dark Continent” lie stories of nuance and complexity. How do we start to...
Florine Demosthene's heroine rises from the ashes
Florine Demosthene's heroine rises from the ashes
Artist Florine Demosthene’s aesthetic has evolved, in part, from the restless nature of her practice. Over the past decade, the Haitian artist...
Mapping the city through graffiti
Mapping the city through graffiti
If you happened to take a trip through Johannesburg’s Braamfontein recently, you would have seen a number of new additions to the walls, rooftops...
Toich turns to the old masters
Toich turns to the old masters
Alice Toich is an artist with a strong disposition for solving problems, first through painting and then through baking.
Architecture should be based  on people’s needs
Architecture should be based  on people’s needs
Ethiopia is rich in architectural diversity. From the density, chaos and musicality of Addis Merkato, once the largest open-air market in Africa,...
On photographs and the art of ‘remixing’ images
On photographs and the art of ‘remixing’ images
M Neelika Jayawardane and Greg Marinovich explore the issues involved in artists’ reasonable or fair use of other people’s works....
​BKhz studio beckons to passers-by
​BKhz studio beckons to passers-by
‘Can I just call it a space? Perhaps it’s a mixture of a gallery, a studio and a project space. I don’t know the actual answer to this...
Who’s who at 99 Juta Street
Who’s who at 99 Juta Street
Design company Dokter and Misses, which makes items such as cabinets and tables decorated with Kassena motifs, has moved three blocks in Braamfontein to 99 Juta Street....
Façade reveals Jozi’s entrails
Façade reveals Jozi’s entrails
It is easy to imagine gentrification as a focus of artists working in the city limits of South Africa’s urban centres. It is the story of our...
Lens turns on Swiss neutrality
Lens turns on Swiss neutrality
Denise Bertschi’s art makes use of photography and video installations based on historic and contemporary research of political events.
​Gunn-Salie sculpts the presence of the past
​Gunn-Salie sculpts the presence of the past
Seventeen figures crouch, headless and handless. There’s singing. Sounds of gunshots usher in expressions of mourning and memory. Upon looking at...
In praise of cultural exchange
In praise of cultural exchange
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the South African liaison office for Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council. This anniversary coincides...
​History re-dressed by Africa
​History re-dressed by Africa
There is an optimism, albeit darkly edged, that lies at the heart of British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s practice.
​Pulane Kingston, a patron of Africa’s art
​Pulane Kingston, a patron of Africa’s art
Despite its emphasis on progressiveness, the art world can be a closed bubble. It isn’t often that individuals come out of the art space fully...

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