Lebogang Mogul Mabusela: the multidisciplinary artist making paper a weapon of choice

Lebogang Mogul Mabusela is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores paper, ink and sculpture through a variety of formats and methodologies. They are the vessels through which she expresses thoughts, tensions and care with a hint of humorous narrative play. The outrage of the Black woman and calling out patriarchy, cis-heteronormativity and racism are central…

Jamal Nxedlana’s ‘Third Body’ | a continued critical reflection on reading the Black body in South Africa

Jamal Nxedlana‘s creative endeavours have never shied away from the experimental; pushing the parameters around creative expression and the processes that drive them. He has created a unique footprint in the South African cultural landscape through his work as a designer, the Creative Director of Bubblegum Club, a member of CUSS Group and his involvement…

BATTLECRY: On Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s volcanoes

During a virtual walk through her new solo exhibition, BATTLECRY, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum hinted at her volcanoes in conversation with curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. Speaking to her work Trooper, she described the volcano shimmering on the horizon as both “a physical earthly sensibility” that suggests the flow of the unseen and unpredictable, as well as…

Black Science Fiction // polyphonic and polyrhythmic music traditions

Black mysticism, African space travel, Ghetto surrealism, Queer futurism, Black intimacy, hood futurism—enter Black Science Fiction. Home of all things experimental. Afro electronica, live instrumentation, loops, beat-making, soundscapes, synths and streams of consciousness. The object is music! The objective; a combination of notes evoking a response from multiple sensory systems towards an enriching experience. Through…

Vicmari brings South African music to German airwaves

It is no secret that South Africa dances to the beat of its own drum, especially with Mzansi being the birthplace of a number of distinct genres that fall under the umbrella of electronic music. While music has been a distinct export for decades for South Africa, in recent times international attention has shifted towards…

‘Mermaid Fillet’ – the noir crime novel that will spice up your book shelf

Mia Arderne is no stranger to writing as an expressive form, with an incredible reputation as a writer across journalistic publications, exploring identity politics and mental health. Her first novel manuscript—while unpublished—received recognition by being shortlisted for the Jacana Dinaane Debut Fiction Award in 2015. Reflecting on her literary background, Mia shares that she “worked…

Mtimande Chair Collection by Lwazi Madonsela

Art has always been a tool used to capture the textures of time. In an attempt to preserve their textures of their narrative, designer, Lwazi Madonsela reclaims pieces of furniture overflowing in junkyards—adding years to their lifespan and adding an artistic spin to them as found objects. The collection’s title is derived from totems representing…

The art of Mulambö – the significance of meaning

Several terms in Brazilian Portuguese originate from the time of slavery—used continuously, each day they become more detached from the meaning of their origins—seeming to fall into oblivion and become other things. They are terminologies that change, but when looked at closely it becomes evident that they continue carrying aspects of their originating essence with…