Art & Culture

Tracing Emerging Artistic Practice in Zimbabwe

Owing to almost a decade long financial crisis that characterised much of the 2000s, Zimbabwe’s local art scene has faced many significant infrastructural and monetary challenges. The turbulent economy-which only subsided in 2009-…


Wangechi Mutu Takes On Transmutation As a New Form of Existentialism

© Wangechi Mutu. Beneath lies the Power, 2014. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London.   Wangechi Mutu draws from stances as varied as East African folklore, Western popular culture, gender, sexuality, race,…


Rethinking institutional approaches to emerging artistic practice in Zimbabwe

In conversation with First Floor Gallery on the responsibility of artistic institutions in shaping emerging discourse. Self-declared as Zimbabwe’s first emerging artist-run gallery and operating in a country where the majority of the…


Surveying Zimbabwe’s Artistic Landscape

Bulawayo based curator Mthabisi Phili shares thoughts on the current state of the arts  and education in Zimbabwe  Working simultaneously as both an independent curator and founder of Voices in Colour, an organisation…


Humble Jerry Cans Transformed into Striking Political Masks

Artist Romuald Hazoumè’s modern day reinterpretations of a traditional practice – masking – speaks volumes on cultural imperialism, black markets and death.


Tracing Emerging Artistic Practice in South Africa

With planning underway for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art and on the back of the announcement of Johannesburg as one of Phaidon’s 12 Future Art Cities, there is an air of…


Next Chapter: Rowan Smith on distinguishing a new generation of practicing artists

Employing a multi-disciplinary approach to his artistic practice that includes sculpture, painting and photography, Smith’s work examines the complexities of 21st century South Africa, through the acts of appropriation, defacement and reparation. ©…


Next Chapter: Mohau Modisakeng on investigating the impact of cultural histories on contemporary society

Working across the disciplines of performance, sculpture and photography, with an interest in exploring the relations between post-colonial societies and their connected histories, Modisakeng’s work,“emerges from a dark past, striding forward into the…

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