CTAF 2015

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none of our secrets are physical...

none of our secrets are physical..., 2009. Graffitti in Woodstock, Cape Town .

'...for those who live in it, Pop-culture politics and strong voices'

Athi-Patra Ruga, Zanele Muholi, Faith47, Gugulective and Musa Nxumalo at MU

'...for those who live in it, Pop-culture politics and strong voices' is the title of a project that will bring new works of ten South African artists to the Netherlands.

The generation of young artists now emerging in South-Africa is the first to grow up and start its own art practice after apartheid. These artists are very aware of this, and are emphatically searching for their own way to express the political and social implications of this in their work. This could, on the one hand, be by making bold political statements, or on the other, by ignoring politics altogether.

Due to the Soccer World Cup, which will be held in South Africa around the same time, major brands such as Nike, Coca Cola and Sony have become an integral part of the South-African street scene. '...for those who live in it' aims to provide an alternative, contrasting perspective, by showing us a broad palette of unorthodox, activist, dynamic expressions at the interface of contemporary art and pop culture, particularly in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Artists on show are Athi-Patra Ruga, Gugulective, Spoek Mathambo, Kudzanai 'Kudzi' Chiurai, Musa Nxumalo, Zanele Muholi, Bitterkomix, Faith47, Love and hate, Chimurenga.

22 May - 30 June

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    James Webb and Ninar Esber

    at Galerie Imane Fares

    This exhibition by Ninar Esber and James Webb introduces different forms of disobedience that tend to thwart the systems of societal domination. The defiance these two artists address towards the underlying censorship within the moral and technologic

  • 'Someone Else's Country'

    'Someone Else's Country'

    Jo Ractliffe

    at Peabody Essex Museum

    Photographer Jo Ractliffe (b. 1961) has spent the better part of the last decade photographing the effects of the prolonged civil war in Angola (1975-2002), both in the country itself and in her native South Africa. From the capital city of Luanda to

  • 'Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive'

    'Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive'

    Santu Mofokeng, Andrew Putter, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Candice Breitz and Zwelethu Mthethwa

    at The Walther Collection Project Space

    Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive A three-part exhibition series on photography from Southern Africa, Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive presents rarely before seen portraits, albums, cartes de visite, a


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