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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

‘Dreams Close To Home’: In search of the perfect wall to paint in South Africa

Sometime last year, I attended an exhibition opening entitled “Dreams Close To Home” at the Two by Two Art Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg. It was the culmination of a self-initiated project by the artists Lisolomzi Pikoli (Fuzzy Slipperz, illustrator), Skhumbuzo Vabaza (Skubalisto, illustrator), and Karabo Mooki (Mooki Mooks, photographer) which saw them go across parts of South

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Review of Ellen Gallagher’s Tate Modern show: “Your truths are self-evident. Ours, a mystery”

The English word ‘perspective’ derives from the Latin, perspectiva, which means ‘to see through’, and as such, instantly assumes a position – a viewer and a horizon, and an in-between space that demarcates self and other, subject...

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The visibility of contemporary women artists in Africa

There has been much written recently about the proliferation of the ‘Africa Issue’ amongst many contemporary art publications and journals. So, true to form, last week saw the launch of the latest volume of feminist art journal...

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Nude Revolution in Egypt

So an art student named Aliaa Magda Elmahdy in Egypt decided to post nude photos of herself on her blog to “defy restrictions on freedom” and Twitter basically explodes. (Seriously – check the #NudePhotoRevolutionary hashtag and the tweets culled...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

THE MAN BEHIND FELA KUTI’S ALBUM ART

A profile of Lemi Ghariokwu

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: SUE WILLIAMSON

From Williamson’s “Better Lives,” consisting of a set of photographs and audio interviews with a group of migrants, exiles and refugees, that will inaugurate a new gallery space, YoungBlackMan, in Cape Town, South Africa, next week. (The...

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

BLOG OF THE DAY: EV COMICS

HT: Steve Coplan

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

BEATING UP POLITICIANS

OK My Club, an invention of Chinese artist Xu Zhen exists to  “beat up” political figures such as US President George W. Bush, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  The work...