Nigeria might be known for its photographic art but the medium has yet to be fully appreciated
Obásolá Bamigbola can pinpoint the place and time that he picked up a camera with purpose. This Lagos-based photographer had an affinity for image-making from a young age and when drawing and painting failed to satisfy, it was a camera that resonated with his artistic drive.
Speaking Art’s Language
Contemporary art is often criticised for its gradual abandonment of visual coherence in favour of the abstract. In other words, contemporary art’s pretentious dimensions have expanded to include its explanations. This is art because it is art: we’re trapped in a tautological circle. Not only could a child have produced this, but words used to mean things, you know. The greater the waffle, the worse the art; right?
Hedwig Barry and the Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Le Guin tells us that fiction can be like the carrier bag, a receptacle for all sorts of incidentally found things, and I want to venture that the paintings included in Hedwig Barry’s solo exhibition, Unrest, on show at Guns & Rain until 27 October, do the same thing. They too are tools “that [bring] energy home”.
Curator's Journal: On Independent Cultural Production in Johannesburg
My initiation into the world of Independent cultural production was a whirlwind affair, a rendezvous with the avant-garde Pool Space tucked away downtown on the corner of the ground floor of Ellis House back on the auspicious evening of March 15, 2015. The alchemical collision of minds behind this exhibition: Mandla Mlangeni - Jazz extraordinaire - and maestro of melodies, Shane Cooper, visionaries in their own right. This exhibition was woven into a series christened Starter Room.
Is abstraction the route to escaping geography and gender?
You have to resist the urge to neatly locate Nada Baraka’s art in an Egyptian context. The thirty-three-year-old artist was born in, lives and practices in Cairo, and indeed the sense of chaos that defines the compositions of her abstract paintings could represent the city's erosion of democratic values, political order and worsening social conditions.
Fuzzy disciplines: Artistic collaboration in South African fashion design
While collaborations between artists and fashion, furniture or homeware designers are not uncommon in South Africa, there remains some confusion and even skepticism around the extent to which the disciplines of contemporary art and design can and should overlap.
Latitudes Centre for the Arts
After the fantastic success of RMB Latitudes, our first physical event since 2019, Latitudes is excited to launch a second offline offering. Latitudes Centre for the Arts (LCA) is a physical, multi-purpose exhibition space in Johannesburg dedicated to the year-round promotion of artists and galleries on the continent.
Curators at art fairs: disruptors or validators?
Curators were always going to be absorbed into the art fair fray. Nevertheless, it is difficult, if not impossible, to marry the curatorial act with commercial imperatives, given dealers need to make sales to recoup the costs of participating and staying in business.
What do we do with misogynist male artists; does the Brooklyn Museum’s Pablo-matic show plot a good way forward?
The foundations of Western art history are currently undergoing a profound reevaluation, spurred by a growing recognition of the contributions made by women artists who were often marginalised or overlooked.
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