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Namsa Leuba’s photography and cultural intersections found in ‘Crossed Looks’

Curated by Joseph Gergel, Crossed Looks includes approximately 90 works from the Guinean Swiss photographer Namsa Leuba‘s initiatives in Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria, Benin and Tahiti. The Halsey Institute presented Crossed Looks from August to December 2021 — being Leuba’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Namsa Leuba moved to Guinea Conkary, her mother’s…

The “biennialization” of the art world | South Africans in Venice

In their seminal book, Biennials, Triennials, and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art, Anthony Gardner and Charles Green trace the history of mega exhibitions and consider their impact on the art ecology. Through this lens, they provide a reading of the “biennialization” of the art world. Gardner and Green argue that biennales have “brought…

Mary Sibande’s ‘A Red Flight of Fancy’

“Everything can be used. Except what is wasteful. You will need to remember this when you are accused of destruction.” Audre Lorde I was having a conversation with a friend about art — wondering out loud — what is this for?  What does it do? Why do we do all of this stuff? Nothing more…

From ‘Garage-ism’ to ‘Monochrome’ — this is Zander Blom’s playbook on contemporary fine art

From witnessing his 2021 exhibition, Garage-ism, right through to viewing the impact of his most recent solo exhibition, Monochrome Paintings, here in Johannesburg – Zander Blom’s work has always left me enthused and enthralled. From the plethora of contemporary artistic influences and references which Blom draws from, this artist has managed to forge his own…

Lulama Wolf’s artistic reminiscing for rest

Neoliberalism and all his children, such as The American Dream and all its variations, would have many Black African artists spending their nights conjuring up dreams of achieving excellence via Western standards. In line with a culture of celebrating and uplifting our people, we would cheer on when one of our own local artists is…

De Klerk’s Forgiveness from the Grave: Funereal Notes on Art (continued) 

*This essay forms part of Bubblegum’s Collaboration with Bag Factory and their visiting curator from Uganda, EM Mirembe. It is the second part of Joburg based art critic and Azanian Philosophical Association member Athi Mongezeleli Joja’s reading of apartheid former president, F.W. de Klerk,  pre-recorded “last message” video. Read the first part here.  The metaphor of home instantiates more than just notions of…

De Klerk’s Forgiveness from the Grave, or, the Fatal Place of the Negress in the Frame: Funereal Notes on Art

*This essay forms part of Bubblegum’s Collaboration with Bag Factory and their visiting curator from Uganda, EM Mirembe. It is the first part of Joburg based art critic and Azanian Philosophical Association member Athi Mongezeleli Joja reading of apartheid former president, F.W. de Klerk,  pre-recorded “last message” video. Those who have wronged must be ready to make amends they can. They…

VTSEK STUDIO: merging cultures, comedy and art

A dreaded J. Cole and an old Nelson Mandela stand side by side, with Nelson looking off into the distance wearing a light canary yellow Puma tracksuit in towelling fabric — gold chains to tow. The caption, a J. Cole quote, reads, “One thing for sure if you ain’t aim too high, then you aim…