Sikelela Damane’s exhibition State Of The Nation Address (SONA) – “Speaking the truth should not be substituted for being radical”

As the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone said, “You can’t help it. An artist’s duty as far I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” This is exactly what artist, Sikelela Damane achieved in his current exhibition titled, State Of the Nation Address (SONA). From the historical removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statute at…

Bubblegum Club Stories Ep8

This episode features footage from Geneva. CUSS GROUP were part of an exhibition titled Held Together With Water at Le Commun in Geneva. Curator, writer and publisher Roxane Bovet chatted to us about the exhibition and it’s exploration of Post-digital culture and Post Internet art. We also spoke to South African artist Victoria Wigzell who…

Flipping the Lens with Fausto Becatti and The Bioscope’s Camera Club

Last week, The Bioscope Theatre, in collaboration with The College of Digital Photography, hosted its second installment of The Camera Club. The talk series aims both to showcase and inspire up-and-coming photographers, through intimate discussions between artists and audiences. In dialogue with a series of images, photographers unmask stories from the other side of the…

Dance duo Stampenfield: movement as an oasis

Ellen Edmar and Mona Namér are the dynamic dance duo known as Stampenfield. You have probably seen them whimsically dancing alongside indie electro band, Little Dragon’s lead vocalist, Yukimi Nagano or busting pantsula moves on the streets of Johannesburg. The duo specialised their dancing styles separately abroad and finally joined forces two years ago in…

Where Art Thou – letting art be your guide

In a Bangkok gallery filled with sinister wooden carvings of warped body parts, punctuated with black grains of rice, Terhys Persad found out about the struggles the Thai farmers. No guidebook had included this information and even the tour guides did not briefly mention the tragic commercialisation of rice farming. Instead it was in galleries…

Bubblegum Club Stories Ep7

In this episode of Bubblegum Club Stories curator of the South African Pavilion Lucy MacGarry chats to us about artists Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng, and their work on identity construction. Tabita Rezaire helps us find the light for our inner fire and gives us a head’s up for next solo show “Exotic Trade”. Director…

Jake Singer // RGB Sky and the Fourth Revolution

The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel – The Neuromancer by William Gibson   A preamble of creaking wooden stairs. Navigating historical remnants – a building reclaimed. Ascending the landing. Within the antique walls of The Cosmopolitan the contemporary Hazard Gallery is housed.  Pressed ceilings peeled back,…

Danielle O’Neill – the camera as a tool and a weapon

I had a conversation with young photographer Danielle O’Neill about her views on the power of the lens and a collaborative project she did titled Las Brujas. “I’m really interested in how photography looks at looking, and looks at the way we preserve our ways of looking,” Danielle explains when discussing her love for the…

Muse: exploring female agency in art

Real quick, grab a dictionary or google search the word “muse”. What came up? Something about a woman being the source of creative inspiration? Or maybe something about a he pondering about a she? Well, the word “muse” has been foundational to art and in turn male artists hold females as their source of creative…