Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness is the long-awaited monograph from one of the most powerful visual activists of our time. The book features over ninety of Muholi’s evocative self-portraits, each image drafted from material props in Muholi’s immediate environment. A powerfully arresting collection of work, Muholi’s radical statements of identity, race, and resistance are a direct response to contemporary and historical racisms.
With more than twenty written contributions from curators, poets, and authors, alongside luxurious tritone reproductions of Muholi’s images, Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness is as much a manifesto of resistance as it is an autobiographical, artistic statement.
This work follows the transformation of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s brick power station, on Bankside, into the Tate Modern art gallery, by Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron. It presents a photographic account of every stage of the development and includes an interview with Jacques Herzog.
Effortless service is the ultimate luxury, and at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, your welcome is as warm and enveloping as a Mediterranean summer’s night. The spectacular setting is only enhanced by the courteous and ubiquitous hotel staff, there to anticipate your every need. Meet the valets, porters, decorators, florists, chefs, tennis pros, and the other artisans of hospitality who keep the hotel running as smoothly as a fine Swiss watch.
With its mix of magnificent puppets, live actors, captivating costumes and evocative music, video projection and dance, “Tall Horse” has enchanted theatre goers world wide. This spectacular production is the result of an exceptional meeting between South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company and Mali’s Sogolon Puppet Troupe. Mervyn Millar had unique access to the production, from development workshops through rehearsals to the first performances for the world tour.
In this exhibition, 13 artists filled the galleries with dramatic tableaux of puppets, props, and sets, from shadow puppets to marionettes, and from tiny toy theater to larger-than life whole-body puppets. The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater showed how the ancient art of puppetry, devised for storytelling, can – in extraordinary new ways – also give expression to the invisible worlds of emotions and ideas.
Hear from experts at the world-famous National Theatre about every aspect of stagecraft, including prop-making, set building and lighting design, and discover, from first idea to final curtain, how plays are made.
A celebration of modern life in Soweto, these stunning and stirring photographs show the importance of this township within the collective consciousness of South Africa. Going beyond Soweto’s historic struggles with apartheid, these images instead reveal the traditional importance of art, dance, and fashion in the community’s daily life—and to showcase a new cosmopolitan energy as the people reinvent themselves and their urban space.
Using either a vintage Land 100 or a Land 250 Polaroid camera, Smith photographs subjects inspired by her connections to poetry and literature as well as pictures that honor the personal effects of those she admires or loves. In the catalogue’s interview, conducted by Susan Lubowsky Talbott, the artist talks about her “respect for the inanimate object” as well as the talismanic qualities of things in her life. We see, for instance, a picture of Mapplethorpe’s slippers or a porcelain cup that belonged to her father, and are drawn into their intimacy and quiet power. Moreover, these images reveal how the camera has proven to be a means for Smith to retreat—undisturbed—to “a room of my own.”
The new Constitutional Court of South Africa was inaugurated in 2004, ten years after the demise of apartheid and South Africa’s first democratic elections that brought the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela to power. The historic new building was the work of a team of young South African architects who had won the international competition for the design and building of the Court. Shortly after the opening of the Court, David Krut Publishing was approached to manage a competition for the design of a book on the architecture of this important building. The book design competition was won by Adele Prins of Flow Design and work on the book began in 2005.
Developing the argument that through aesthetic force emerges the truly political, the book moves beyond polarization of the aesthetic and the cultural. Instead, photographic works are read for their subversive political and cultural force, as it emerges through the aesthetics of the image.
This book is ideal for students of Photography, Art History, Art and Visual Culture, and Gender.