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‘Third Landscapes’ // Exploring liminal spaces where people and plants intersect in urban environments

Originally from Cape Town, printmaker Roxy Kaczmarek lives and practices in Johannesburg. Obtaining her BA in Fine Art at Michaelis, she went on to work as a printer and studio manager at Warren Editions Print Studio. Recently she has submitted her dissertation and exhibition, Third Landscapes towards a Masters at the University of Johannesburg. The…

BBZ London: A lesson on how to Party unapologetically

You can’t help but fall in love with BBZ London. The name, an acronym for BOLD BRAZEN ZAMIS, was started by power couple Tia Simon-Campbell and Naeem Davis. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as an “exhibition or turn-up prioritizing the experiences of Queer Womxn, Trans and Non-Binary people of colour”. BBZ London is…

after HOURS by Bahiyya Khan – The full motion video game that examines the damaging effects of sexual abuse

Trigger warning: This article contains subject matter pertaining to borderline personality disorder and sexual abuse. Bahiyya Khan is an experimental storyteller who studied video game development after she completed her undergraduate in game design at Wits. Her game after HOURS which was recently released on Humble Bundle was created for her honours project (a project…

Mating Birds Vol.2 // sexuality and intimacy in the context of violence, race and class

The KZNSA Gallery is opening its doors for the year with an impactful exhibition—Mating Birds Vol.2. The exhibition engages different materials—coalescing visual art, literature, philosophical texts and reference material to engage the effects of colonialism and apartheid laws (particularly the Immorality Act) on South African contemporary sexual relationships. The show is expressed as a curatorial…

Setabane // A Platform Sharing LGBTI+ love and affirmation

Setabane an online platform founded by Brilliant Kodie, aims to disseminate and archive the stories of LGBTI+ people in Botswana. With self-narration as the primary channel, each author is able to construct their own puzzle piece in the collective representation of their previously muffled voices. The rejection of negative and misguided understandings of LGBTI+ people…

Orli Meiri – Makeup is Fashion

“…we don’t have to look the way we were born I think, and makeup is that one way of helping you reach your potential of what you feel you should look like. Whether you are a boy and you feel you should look like a girl or if you have bad skin and you want…

‘Ugly Girl Hand Cream’ invites you to a pink purgatory

Flat, ‘base’. A juxtaposition of unease. She paints a shadowless rendition of a willow tree, sky and grass in pink-red captioned: SUPER REALISTIC LOOKING WILLOW TREE, SOME LEAVES MOVE GENTLY IN THE WIND “…kaleidoscopic depictions of otherworldly landscapes from multiple perspectives have given way to singular and imposing perspectival representations of cold interior spaces…” Ugly Girl…

Mantsho Lifestyle at 27 Boxes radiates a Beautiful Complexion

27 Boxes upholds sustainability, local economy and community and is one of the few spaces in Johannesburg with this contemporary retail outlook and aim. This cutting-edge centre offers unique spaces for social gathering, contemporary eateries as well as exciting retail brands. One such a brand is Mantsho Lifestyle founded by Palesa Mokubung in 2004. “Mantsho”…