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The three balloons

* This body of work was created at the Bubblegum Studio with Kgotlelelo B. Sekiti as the recipient of our Bubblegum Invites open call The three balloons is an extensive body of work that explores the generational and ongoing traumas of Black bodies, the everyday experiences of queer Black bodies and Black body’s ability to…

‘Keep It In The Family’ \\ Alexander James X The Fourth

THEFOURTH gallery presents the insightful solo show by the esteemed multimedia artist, British born Alexander James. ‘Keep It In The Family’, is the very first product of the GorgeousFOURTH artist residency programme, a collaboration between THEFOURTH gallery and the Gorgeous George hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Artist Rodan Kane Hart and interior curator, Maybe…

Sizwe Banzi is dead, is theatre next?

The news of The Fugard Theatre closing its doors once and for all is news that is layered in tragedy. It is tragic in its own right to see such a young, yet historic theatre close its doors, eliminating the possibility for unwritten stories to be told on its stage in the future. What to…

The price of colonialism is in the price of art

121 years after his death, there’s still “new” Van Gogh work to be seen! This exciting news follows the announcement that a French family which has possession of the artwork — Scène de rue à Montmartre — will be parting with it at a French auction house next month. It might cost close to $10…

Emulsion and Solubility in Norval Foundation’s ‘Mixed Company’

I recently had a chat with Khanya Mashabela, curator at the Norval Foundation, about a group show she curated; Mixed Company (on view until 31st May 2021).  My initial reaction to the exhibition was a discomfort with the title. The term “mixed” brings with it a number of complicated associations—thinking about ‘mixed’ as constructed through…

We are stealing our art back

The decolonisation of art is a topic that needs to be paid more attention to with varying opinions on how to achieve it. From including African art in teaching syllabuses to holding exhibitions honouring African art and artefacts, decolonisation makes for a lengthy process. However, one of the first things we can aim to achieve…

[in review] | we should be writing about art more

[in review] is an initiative taking place over 30 days in which 30 writers working in and around South Africa each wrote a piece reflecting on an artwork they felt resonated with them. The project, supported by Pro-Helvetia Johannesburg, is aimed at allowing art writers to have much needed breathing space and asked each writer…

Get Up Stand Up // Kampala Biennale 2020/21

The Fourth edition of the Kampala Biennale titled Get Up Stand Up, is unlike others we have experienced before. Taking from the Bob Marley song, it encouraged artists to create work that is inspired by standing up to the challenges they face. The exhibition takes on a virtual form due to the covid-19 pandemic and…