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    Native Work

    Contributor: Muse Origins Andrew Putter’s photographic series, Native Works, shows 21 South Africans in both their native, traditional dress, and their modern attire. These two images – traditional and modern, shown next to each other, present a powerful image. It goes to show that many Africans have one leg in the West and one in […]

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    African Creative Economy Conference

    This week hundreds of African creative delegates descend to Cape Town for the Arterial Network’s African Creative Economy Conference. The African Creative Economy Conference brings together some of the continent’s leading thinkers, academics, cultural producers, and experts in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, heritage and museums, design, fashion, craft, festivals and cultural events, film, literature […]

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    Moshanyana (2013) is part of a three film sequence entitled Journey To The Centre of Capricorn directed by Rui Tenreiro, a Mozambican author, illustrator and art director. I felt in love with Moshanyana many times and for various reasons. My love blossomed at the first photographic glimpse of that short film posted on Rui’s blog over a year ago. Once released I couldn’t stop […]

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    Gaborone Couple

    Designed by South African illustrator, Kabelo Ramasobane. This project was inspired by friends of mine who recently got married in Gaborone Botswana. I started the project while preparing to travel to Botswana and thought of an African Hairstyle Salon treatment. This to me captured the moment the night before the wedding. The funny thing is […]

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    Unogumbe/Noye’s Fludde

    This modern adaptation of a Benjamin Britten one-act opera on the myth of Noah’s flood is sung entirely in Xhosa, with South African opera star Pauline Malefane as Noah, and is a striking metaphor for man’s inhumanity to man. Found via Africa is a Country 

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    Saki Mafundikwa

    “My family always knew me as an artist, so to them it’s always been like, “God gave him the gift. We do not understand completely what he does, but he’s done well for himself.”

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    Exhibition: Archival Impulse

    Contributor: Elizabeth Chege Archival Impulse by Ayana V. Jackson 29th August – 7th October 2013, The much anticipated new exhibition by American artist Ayana Jackson will be opening on August 29th in Johannesburg at Gallery MOMO and will run until 7th October 2013.   Archival Impulse: The real work of this series does not exist […]

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    Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets

    Incredible ted talk that cannot be missed. From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbols, and urges African designers to draw on these graphic forms for […]

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    Solid State

    Brand new project by South African graphic designer Aldo Puella. Puella is a digital and interactive designer who experiments with photography, digital sculpture, architecture, online media and motion graphics.

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    Train of Eastern Madagascar

    Photographer Pierre-Yves Babelon captures life along the railways of Madagascar. The railway line connecting Fianarantsoa to the East Coast was inaugurated in 1936. The records speak of eight million cubic meters of material and 225,000 cubic meters of masonry for a journey of less than 170 km. The length of the strands of explosive used […]

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    Mozambique Fashion Week

    Each year Mozambique Fashion Week does a fantastic job with their identity for Mozambique Fashion Week. Last year was not any different and we can’t believe we didn’t feature this already. Enjoy! This campaign was created to promote the MFW 2012. The concept – Find yourself – highlighted the socio-cultural transformations in Africa, also showing […]

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    Meaning Motion

    How does movement perform (or make) meaning? This question is asked by two highly innovative interactive digital artists, Tegan Bristow and Nathaniel Stern, in the exciting new exhibition, Meaning Motion, at the Wits Art Museum. Stern and Bristow’s art incorporates cutting edge technologies like Microsoft Kinect. The appearance of the artworks is dependent on visitors […]

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    The Boxer

    The Boxer is part of graphic designer Sindiso Nyoni’s. The illustration is part of the  Mandela Poster Project where artists are encourage to submit their own posters inspired by Nelson Mandela.  The ‘Mandela Poster project celebrates Nelson Mandela’s contribution to humanity with an open call for submissions from the creative community to create a poster or series of posters. The project […]

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    Marikana Onsite

    Contributor: Barry Christianson  The City of Cape Town, which supports Open Streets, does not support an Open City. We, the poor, are excluded. Our homes are destroyed by the Anti-Land Invasion Unit, we are evicted from empty public land that is meant to be shared with us, we are beaten by the police that protect […]

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    Mandela’s Speech

    At a time when our cherished Mandela’s health is of concern, these words ring dear to heart and are just bring out the true spirit and passion that remind us of his love and sacrifice. This animation created for and the #agit8 projection on the South Bank ahead of G8, animated and directed by Dina Makanji of Sweet Crude […]

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    Mpho Mokgadi

    24 year old South African photographer Mpho Mokgadi photographs capture simple moments. Mokgadi is currently based in Pretoria. “Through my photography I seek to document my own personal experience, to capture scenes and events as I see them and share with others the beauty and diversity of the experiences I have seen.”  

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    Recent project by South African illustrator Thabo Mbuyisa. An impression of a traditional healer also known as “Inyanga” in the Zulu language. Portrayed here sporting an elaborate hat made out of a morph of bone, other kinds of organic matter and bits of technological devices. These serve as representations of the strange and interesting relationship […]