Deliberate and Honest Transformation with Tony Gum’s A Portion

A Portion is a self-reflective series by Tony Gum. “Pain, fear, rage, loss, darkness and the unknown eventually, reconnecting with, love, hope, light and joy” emerging as a response to her recent experiences. Dualities, themes with a monochromatic tone, scenography and anthropomorphism are modes used to visualize a complex process of inner turmoil, rebellion and…

NEWWORK19 // A Maze of Collective Praxis

The opening night, emotionally charged with electric glinting grins that masked the inevitable post-installation exhaustion, was a celebration of a four year endeavor. This year’s graduating class first stepped foot into the academy in 2016 during the midst of the historic #FeesMustFall moment. A time defined by renegotiations of power dynamics and institutional critique achieved…

Steven Cohen’s There’s glitter in my soup! Offers a different perspective on self-portraiture

Steven Cohen’s latest exhibition There’s glitter in my soup! invites audiences into a behind the scenes, post-performance moment. His series of self-portraits, carefully put together with the tape used to remove his make-up, are an instance of relative calm in his three-decade long performance practice. The glitter, the butterfly wings, the eyelashes, imprints of fold…

Nice Volume 3 // Photographic Expressions of South African Stories as Narrated by African Storytellers

The majority of the young creatives I have had the pleasure of collaborating with reside, as I do, in an African country. While they come from widely diverse formative and cultural experiences, in many recent works I have recognised
a common aspiration: the wish to navigate ideas of identity in the present. Flurina Rothenberger “Visitors”. Photographers…

It’s Finally Here: African Stories Stimulating the Creative Economy with the Joburg Film Festival 2019

Joburg Film Festival was established as an independent platform with a focus on African narratives. Running from 19 – 24 November 2019; the festival acts as a platform to showcase and praise excellence in film both locally and internationally. Brought to the public in collaboration with MultiChoice, handpicked films selected from more than 16 countries…

Storyteller Julie Nxadi asks, Is This Propaganda?

In her 1979 essay The White Album, Joan Didion begins “we tell ourselves stories in order to live”, but of course long before this (and long after) humans have held the sentiment that stories hold some importance. From Maya Angelou’s “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” to Jean Luc…

Bringing the Ocean to Joburg: The Holding Water Project at POOL

The ocean is the medium which has facilitated globalisation and cultural exchange, but also colonialism and imperialism.   As environmental degradation and global warming continue to damage the oceans, understanding their impacts on human society becomes an urgent matter of survival. Landlocked Johannesburg is far from any ocean.  And yet, the tides and flows of the…