The Wits Young Artist Award 2019

Gold and glinting, an icon of triumph. Surrounded by murmurs of opening-night anticipation. Situated at the The Point of Order, Adrian Fortuin’s The Readymade, Made Ready stands proud, in wait. Guarded, as an emphasis of value, this social sculpture was truly activated when it was awarded, in a turn of events, to the maker himself….

Oupa L. Sibeko and the body politic

Oupa L. Sibeko is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar who is known for his theatre, gallery and academic expression. The subject matter that he deals with is that of body politics, specifically the body as a “a site of contested knowledge”. The elements that come to the fore in his photographic work are personal in…

‘The Counterspace Of Pop Culture In Zaire’ by Magolide Collective rethinks the historical representation of African power

The Counterspace Of Pop Culture In Zaire blends the worlds of augmented and virtual reality with visual language into a “multi-sensory digital art installation.” The show makes use of universal symbols, images extracted from culture and theatrical sound to give to its viewers a near mystical experience. The works on display become a commentary on…

Sepideh Mehraban // A Tapestry of Histories

Threads woven in colourways tracing invisible lives and histories. Worn well, treaded down by repetitive of footsteps of the past. The palimpsest of individual stitches concealed and covered. Painted over. Redacted. Embellished. Artist Sepideh Mehraban describes how, “to me carpets are objects that carry stories of people”. In a sense also using Persian rugs as…

Wezile Mgibe – Healing with the art of dance

Movement in Africa has always had a deep meaning, and this has influenced me to study the art of movement. Movement artist Wezile Mgibe employs modern visual performance and traditional ritual practice in dance–focused on healing. Wezile explains in his artist statement that “…Africans are interrogating some parts of ourselves with which we have been…