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Songezo Zantsi’s Second Solo Spotlights Xhosa Marriage Practices

Songezo Zantsi is a Cape Town-born visual artist whose second solo exhibition, Iyabulela Ilali, hosted by Vela Projects, runs from the 12th of July to the 10th of August. Through his paintings, Zantsi captures powerful moments of human interaction with the focused intention to “create a visual archive of life in South Africa.” The exhibition…

Is RMB Latitudes Art Fair Worth the Hype?

Let me preface this by saying I actually had a bloody good time at this year’s RMB Latitudes Art Fair, but not for the reasons one might expect. One of the best parts of going to fairs is rubbing shoulders with loads of interesting and inspiring people and this fair was no different. I saw…

Ange Madame FKA Angel-Ho // An Experience That Disrupts

Ange Madame, formerly known as Angel-Ho, also known as Angelo Antonio Valerio won the 2023 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art Prize. The Cape Town musician and creative director is known for her bold non-binary queer image and intense live performances that feature drag and digital media. As founder of the NON-Collective, Angel-Ho has…

Camille Kaiser’s Deep-Dive into Archival History

Swiss artist and researcher Camille Kaiser recently completed a 3-month research residency supported by Pro Helvetia. From Studio Grey in Johannesburg in January 2024 and March 2024 to participating in the Iqoqo program in Cape Town in February 2024, Camille’s work aligns with archive exploration and fictional storytelling to communicate a personal perspective on history…

Curating as Care // Dr Portia Malatjie on Repping SA at the Venice Biennale

In an exchange that felt more like a salubrious meeting of minds, Dr. Portia Malatjie, the accomplished Head Curator for the South African Pavilion at the 60th Edition of the Venice Biennale, shared insights into her curatorial approach and explained her take on the prestigious global event’s theme “Stranieri Uvunque” (Foreigners Everywhere). Malatjie elaborated on…

Reframing Reality // Sanele Matsolo’s Photographic Odyssey into Tradition 

Sanele Matsolo’s innovative approach to his photographic practice illuminates the often shrouded world of traditional healing and spirituality in South Africa. We asked him some questions about the driving force behind his work, which offers a fresh perspective on ancestral work and challenges conventional narratives. Sanele Matsolo, the self-taught filmmaker and photographer, opened up about…