MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Aliens in Lagos: sci-fi novel Lagoon offers a bold new future

Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Lagoon’ is an immersive reimagining of Nigerian society that transports us into a future where queerness is normalised

Lerato Shadi: The body, the land and the toll of unsung labour

The artist continues to give voice to unrecognised labour through her expanding practice that includes durational performance, installation and video work

‘Pictures From the Inside’: The power of the thinking photograph

Through the Lens Collective works away from the ‘instant’ photographer and the exploitative history of the medium

‘Ethos’ and ‘Caryatis’ by George Tatakis reveal a rich tapestry of Greek tradition

As he travels the length and breadth of the country, George Tatakis uses a painterly approach to photography that breathes new life into the traditions and culture of rural Greece

‘I wanted to get to the soul’: Dick Fontaine on his approach to documentary filmmaking

After pioneering ‘truth cinema’ and at least 40 documentary films later, British director and producer Dick Fontaine has settled in Durban

Afro Story: Africana at the push of a button

A new reading app plans to make relevant literature easily available

The monstrous mental asylum: Lewis Nkosi writing home

Apartheid SA’s madness, as diagnosed in the exiled author’s subversive texts, was the result of colonialism’s psychological violence

The many meanings of water: The elements in Thobani K’s photography

Influenced by family history and the legacy of apartheid spatial zoning, Thobani K’s photographs are sociopolitically engaged

The Portfolio: Wezile Mgibe

Drawn to collaboration, Wezile Mgibe seeks new ways of performing and presenting his work

Racism has a physical impact on the black body

While the effects of racism on the body are still coming into fuller view, the information is enough to eclipse outdated nature vs nurture debates

American Skin and the allure of redemption narratives

American Skin is drowned by its own ambitions, which are at odds with the moment it seeks to reckon with

Tonight we are not going to sleep: Extracts from ‘a naked bone’ by Mangaliso Buzani

These extracts from poet Mangaliso Buzani’s book of poetry, ‘a naked bone’, traverse the boundaries between life and death

Book extract: ‘Rattling the Cage: Reflections on Democratic South Africa’

A lack of solidarity with gay people in the townships echoes the indifference of liberals during apartheid

Keeping Mauritius the paradise it is meant to be

Meet the designers working to create a circular future for the island

The Portfolio: Geoff Dyer

In this extract from But Beautiful, the writer Geoff Dyer reflects on how photographs ‘work on you’

How Babette’s Feast illuminates migrants’ stories

‘Babette’s Feast’ by Isak Dinesen delves into the minutiae of 1870s migration through a Frenchwoman who finds herself living in Norway, where she is denied her artistic passion

The state of the (performing) arts: Theatres try to find their groove

Theatres are opening (and closing) again in fits and starts, driven by a fierce determination to bounce back

The Insider’s guide to travelling without moving: Power, empathy and threads that connect at the Göteborg Film Festival

Niren Tolsi returns to a time before the pandemic brought on travel restrictions to ponder what is being lost in a world that is confined to itself

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