Paballo Makhetha’s book titled “Mountains and Hills to overcome” attempts to address social ills that have infiltrated communities; which, when not properly dealt with often affect and lead capable young people to sanitariums, jails, and even suicidal ends. She believes that the future is in the hands of the youth, who constitute over 40% of the total African population. The future can therefore not be left in the hands of wounded souls, who continue to experience or witness many kinds of abuse and trauma in their immediate environments. There exists a need to create platforms to talk about these challenges in the homes, classrooms and work places; to embrace them as part of our history, learn from them, and recreate a better future. She wishes that the book can be prescribed at middle to high schools to allow the youth to confront prevalent social challenges head-on, and make better decisions about their own future, and the future of their respective countries as prospective builders.
The media as the medium. The medium is the message. These two propositions—the second from Marshall McLuhan—define the principal axes on which South African artist Siemon Allen (born 1971, Durban, South Africa) articulates his archivally-driven yet self-reflexive practice.
Written with the non-specialist in mind, this guide is a must-have for flower lovers, hikers, tour guides and tourists – anyone interested in identifying the wild flowers that grace the Cape Peninsula.
Rorke’s Drift’ was a highly influential art school which in the 1960s and 1970s provided the only place where black artists in South Africa could acquire a formal training. Despite its importance as a key site for black printmakers, little has been written on the subject.
This publication is devoted to William Kentridge’s (born 1955) multimedia cycle The Nose (based on Gogol’s short story of the same name), comprised of the video installation “I Am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine,” plus sculptures, tapestries and works on paper. Kentridge describes this cycle as an elegy for the artistic language of the Russian Constructivists.
The Thabo Mbeki I Know is a collection that celebrates one of South Africa’s most exceptional thought leaders. The contributors include those who first got to know Thabo Mbeki as a young man, in South Africa and in exile, and those who encountered him as a statesman and worked alongside him as an African leader.
Madiba, Marikana, Zuma, the rise of the EFF, the climate crisis, #GuptaLeaks, Daily Maverick covered it all. We Have A Game Changer, A Decade of Daily Maverick tells the story behind the stories of a defining decade in South Africa’s history.
With writing adapted from and inspired by the Accidental Academic?a provocative thought-leader blog that challenged the assumptions of contemporary South Africa?this book tackles race and religion, provides an alternative take on the enigma of Julius Malema, tosses fresh insight into the Israel-Palestine conflict, and vents the frustrations and fears of the next generation. It is a collection of critical, irreverent and insightful writings from a man who belongs to ?the next generation” ? the generation of South Africans who have lived their lives largely outside of apartheid in a democratic country. It expresses the frustrations and concerns of this generation. But it also offers up an incredible amount of hope and positivity ? it’s like a breath of very welcome and long overdue fresh air.
Spring Will Come is the life story of William Zulu, highly acclaimed for his evocative art-works. It recounts with zest and humor the events of his life, his unfolding artistic development and the world of deep rural Africa in which he is rooted.
In the World presents a collection of essays by Cape Town cultural analyst and art critic Ashraf Jamal focused on 24 South African artists working in painting, photography, sculpture and performance. Aimed at a wide, international audience, the texts reconfigure the national narrative of South African art within a broader African and global context. From identity politics to the boom of “African art” in a global contemporary art market, Jamal explores a variety of issues at the heart of South African art practice.
‘Buckingham Palace’ is a dingy row of five houses in the heart of District Six, a vibrant community at the foot of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town. Richard Rive’s classic novel traces this close community through its moments of triumph and despair, its loves, its hatreds – and its bizarre characters. In 1966 parts of…
Johannesburg’s inner city has, since the mining town’s formation, served as the first stop for new arrivals. As such it has always been vibrant and in a constant state of flux. I initially started photographing the area in the nineties when racial segregation laws were being lifted and black South Africans had begun moving from…