artkitchenLAB // an introduction to BadEase

Experiential, experimental, and still unfolding… These are the words that come to mind when thinking about BadEase, a multidisciplinary project space and residency based in Johannesburg. Made up of three main elements – an in-house kitchen (Plump Kitchen), an online radio station (ChiNdanga! Radio), accommodation and exhibition space (BadEase Residency). A number of projects will…

When Hip Hop, Fashion and Extreme Sports Meet

The worlds of hip hop and extreme sports seem like polar opposites. Hip hop is perceived as predominately centring Black men—often from disadvantaged communities—while extreme sports like BMX, ATV, skating and motorcycling is characterised by upper to middle class white men seeking adventure and thrill. However, these two cultures share an important connection – both…

The Hard Times Celebrates the Ludicrous Glory of Punk

Punk, indie and metal subcultures are inspiring and exciting, but they can also be very silly! From the hyper-macho obsession with being edgy to the pedants defining true fandom and accusing others of the cardinal sin of being  ‘poseurs’, it’s ripe for parody. And that’s exactly what the wonderful satirical website The Hard Times has…

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair lacks suchness

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) has come and gone. Taking place over one weekend (14th till 16th Feb) and boasting over 21 000 visitors, it is a critical moment in the South African art calendar. Art fairs, like many markets across the world, are confronted with a crisis⁠—too many fairs across too many…

Re-democratising Influence

The beginning of social media and the influencer economy resulted in the democratisation of influence. The power that was once in the hands of kings, queens, and nobles swiftly made its way to the hands of A-list celebrities, then finally to the hands of the masses; the ‘ordinary’ people. Whilst social hierarchies are constantly being…

Thabiso Sekgala // Bôna – exploring how social borders determine visibility in society

In the entrance of Goodman Gallery Thabiso Sekgala’s Tiger, selected from his series Second  Transition confronts visitors. The direct, firm gaze of the man photographed is softened by the fleece tiger beanie on his head, making him a figure that welcomes, but also introduces one to Sekgala’s thematic explorations of (in)visibility, ideas of home, belonging…

Santu Mofokeng // Moments of Resistance and Resisting the Spectacle

“The camera’s rendering of reality must always hide more than it discloses”.  Susan Sontag Long shadows cast along an urban landscape, pylons peppered between leafy silhouettes. The fog begins to set in as litter is tussled in the wind. Emptiness and occupation; a moment resisting the spectacle. Santu Mofokeng, is a name synonymous with decades…

Frida Orupabo Asks; ‘Who Belongs Where and Why?’

In an interview with Louisiana Channel, artist Arthur Jafa notes; “pictures allow you to own things. Walking down the street you see a dead body you can’t take it home with you, but you can take a picture with you.”  He elaborates: “It’s a way to access the experience or the confrontation with the thing”….