El Anatsui

El Anatsui (b.1944) is a Ghanaian contemporary artist who has lived and worked in Nsukka, Nigeria, since 1975. Anatsui is well-known for large scale sculpture composed of thousands of folded and crumpled pieces of metal sourced from local alcohol recycling stations and bound together with copper wire. These intricate works, which can grow to be…

LagosPhoto Festival 2017

Alun Be: “Ethos” – Edification Project The 8th edition of the LagosPhoto Festival has finally arrived. From 24 November to 15 December 2017, Lagos, Nigeria will be the hub of Contemporary African photography. This year, the festival will explore a narrative focused on Regimes of Truth. This will look at “the pursuit for and presentation…

MANYATSA MONYAMANE

Manyatsa Monyamane (b.1989) is a South African contemporary photographer. She graduated from Tshwane University of Technology with a BTech in Photography and has participated in several group exhibitions. In 2017, Manyatsa won the Absa L’Atelier Third merit award granting her a 1 month residency with Ampersand Foundation, New York. In this Untitled series Manyatsa looks…

PRISCILLA KENNEDY

Priscilla Kennedy, Untitled, 2016  Priscillia Kennedy was born in Ghana in 1994 and is currently studying towards a BA in Fine Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She has participated in several group exhibitions in her home country since 2015. Kennedy received the Absa L’Atelier First Merit Award in…

Asking permission to live freely when you’re “queer” is played out!

Image: Eric Gyamfi People such as Ghanaian photographer, Eric Gyamfi have a level of courage and selflessness that I, to a certain degree, envy. Being on the forefront of conversations which disrupt the privilege of ignorance is risky and highly sensitive business. There’s a lot you must be ready to put on the line in…

ART ON THE WALL: INSPIRED BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

Mona Lisa: one of the most iconic paintings of all time To see art on the wall is to experience the tangible form of someone’s deliberate thoughts, beliefs, imagination, fears, courage, confidence, humour – the list is endless. How many of us can say we live so purposefully that we are able to put our…

DON’T BE DESPONDENT: YOU ALREADY ARE THE GOODNESS YOU SEEK

I have begun referring to myself as Soul. Soul in physical body. Om. There is a sense of limitlessness I associate with my new realisation – it’s breath taking and liberating. Most importantly I am able to recognise other souls and understand that no matter where they are, where they are from or headed —…

Mohau Modisakeng

 Untitled – Metamorphosis 2015 About: Mohau Modisakeng was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986. Through his work, Modisakeng delves into the influence of South Africa’s history on how South Africans view and understand their culture, political and social roles as human being in post-colonial Africa as well as post-apartheid South Africa. To achieve…

Come See Beautiful Things

Zanele Muholi – Babhekeni/ Look at them Sometimes it’s great to see a beautiful thing, be taken by it and let it be just that. The lack of concept can be liberating.  I’d love to receive an invite to an exhibition where the artist’s only request is for you to experience sublime images. That’s all. I’ve…

JULY IN JOHANNESBURG MEANS TURBINE ART FAIR

The Turbine Art Fair is back for the 5th year and promises a culturally rich experience for all visitors. The fair will be hosted at the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14 to 16 July 2017. TAF17 is a platform for galleries, curators and other art organisations to promote emerging and established talents in…

EXHIBITION OPENINGS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK

Jessica Doucha, Mikado II, 2017  ONE COLOUR AT A TIME: Contemporary Screenprints from Artist Proof Studio COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION GALLERY: WITS ART MUSUEM OPENS: 27 JUNE 2017 Participating artists include: Tatenda Magaisa, Jessica Doucha,  Lebogang Mabusela, Malebona Maphutse,  Sanele Omari Jali, Vivien Kohler and Angus MacKinnon  LEKAU MATSENA: US & THEM GALLERY: LIZAMORE & ASSOCIATES OPENS: 29…

The Viewer is The Artist

Bright Manjano by Cyrus Karibu  One of my favourite things about going to exhibition openings or walkabouts is having direct access to an artist. A lot of the time I’ve had to consume information about a body of work through diluted channels which can be or are very subjective. Initially this struck me as a…