Art & Culture - on Bubblegum Club

Theatrum Botanicum // the botanical world as a stage for politics

In a moment where debates about land are at their peak in South Africa, Uriel Orlow‘s Theatrum Botanicum on show at Pool Space in Johannesburg fertilizes ideas around the botanical world as a stage for politics through film, photography, installation and sound. This ongoing project follows the trajectory of most of his work; research-based contemplations with collaborative methodologies,…

Self-Portraits – The experimental one-night-only-show in Kingston, Jamaica

In early August of this year, visual Artists Camille Chedda and Rodell Warner presented their first collaborative project at the New Local Space (NLS) —a contemporary visual art initiative space in Kingston, Jamaica. The show, titled ‘Self-Portraits’ sees the artists breaking new ground in their respective fields, allowing for conversation between ideas, medium and modes…

Shaking things up with The Tennis Club | Annual Members Ball x Special Lookbook

Determined to establish a platform designing events for the atypical, for those defying traditionalist understandings of genre and gender, The Tennis Club arouse to take on the challenge. Crafting customized occasions for the unconventional people that inspire them, these individuals are described as those who hold, understand and represent the various intersections of fashion, culture, dance,…

‘Tap Your Afro Source Code’ – The Fak’ugesi 2018 Illustration Competition // Where Creativity and Innovation Meet

The Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is generated around collaboration, conversation and projects – for Africans by Africans. An “African celebration of digital technology, art and culture”. Taking place in Johannesburg, the festival is gaged towards encouraging not only people in the city but inhabitants of the continent, to embrace their innovative thoughts and creativity…

Buhle Ngaba – the impact of storytelling

Cogito, ergo sum. A Latin philosophical proposition put forward by Decartes in the 1600s, roughly translating to mean “I think therefore I am”. The work of Buhle Ngaba unintentionally speaks to this proposition, and combines it with her passion for literature and storytelling. This transforms into a statement – I write therefore I am. I…

Janiva Ellis’ visceral paintings comfort as well as unsettle

Transcending both reality and fantasy, Janiva Ellis creates vivid paintings with unconstrained composition where vibrant colours offer a hint of cheerfulness and comfort, while exploring pain and violence. Ellis is a Los Angeles-based visual artist working primarily as a painter. She creates raw and intimate paintings of contorted, exaggerated, drooping and distorted human and human…