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Scarlet Bright Lights

Nuits Balnéaire’s visual response to the One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface, a conversation between the Atlantic Ocean, Hakeem Adam & Maxwell Mutanda, is strongly inspired by the feminine energy of the Gulf of Guinea. With this work, the artist captures the feminine energy, force and mystery of the West African coastline of Grand-Bassam — where…

eBhish’ | towards a history of Black leisure

I was born eThekwini (formerly Durban)*. Growing up ebhish’ laseThekwini**, summers were often the highlight of the year. My family and I would often drive to the beach in a car packed to the brim with camp chairs, cooler boxes and treats. As kids, we would sing gleefully, ‘eBhish’ Durban, ebhish’, bhish’, bhish’, Durban!’ This…

DYX: a picture says more than a thousand words

On a pre-pandemic evening in 2019, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Dayyaan Waja through mutual friends. I remember the night vividly as a student wandering around west campus, with Dayyaan capturing moments of my friend group’s late-night adventures on camera. The videos and images he shot, I still regard today as one…

Kendra Sinovich’s momentary distortions of reality

For all intents and purposes, the South African photography landscape can often come across as rather stale — with the almost overly sharp, clean-cut and airbrushed “international” editorial look akin to that of an Elle magazine — continuing to flood our social media timelines. One could argue that it simply comes down to creatives playing…

Exploring aesthetics of humanness with Ben Olive’s photography

22 year old Ben Olive received a camera on his 21st birthday and has since then been capturing intimate moments on film. The Cape Town based analogue photographer focuses on conceptual portraiture but also works across different themes, creating an impressive portfolio that gives insight into Ben’s desire to test himself in everything he does….