The Freedom of the Nude Image

We are afraid of seeing a picture of someone naked. Throughout the Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities exhibition I could see ONLY nude images. The works were somewhat of a “nudist beach” for me as I experienced receiving completely stripped down stories of what it means to be female in contemporary Africa. To relay…

The energy in process is the experience of form

Paolo Bini Nastri (Tapes), 2016 I’m discovering that the process of creating is so crucial in how the final product will be received. While some things seem naturally beautiful, intricate or simple; how the artist gets to the point of completing the work is something interesting to consider. I recently visited Circa Gallery, Johanneburg, to…

BLESSING NGOBENI

Blessing Ngobeni was born in 1985, in Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa. His work is primarily concerned with the inherent duality of the relationships city residents have with their environment. On the one hand the people living in the city hold an exterior identity characterised by music, sex, entertainment and fast lifestyles. But this exterior face…

LORENZO PLAATJIES

Lorenzo Plaatjies is a South African Digital Artist based in Johannesburg. He is heavily influenced by pop and social media culture and modern day music legends such as Frank Ocean and Kanye West. His career began in high school, creating mixtape covers.  At a time where more young people are questioning the typecasting of gender,…

BANELE KHOZA (BKhz)

Pretoria based artist Banele Khoza aims to tackle gender norms through his work. By embracing the colours “blue” and “pink”, he challenges society to not packages male and females according to the respective colours. “Pinks and reds dominate my backgrounds. They are consoling colours, yet they are uncomfortable for a masculine audience – which is…

Art And The City

The idea for Art And The City came while I found myself going to countless art exhibitions and corresponding walkabouts. Growing up I always thought that I would become an artist but life happened (I got in my own way) and my story continued without that which made me happy. Finding myself showing a keen…