Sarojani Naidoo

Sarojani Naidoo is a fibre artist who uses materials such as wool, fabric, acrylic paint and canvas to communicate her views about nature and spirituality. Although fibre art is a form of fine art that has its roots in old craft practices like weaving, quilting, embroidery and tapestry making, in contemporary times it is more... Continue Reading →

HITEN BAWA

Hiten Bawa, an architect and artist, is passionate about both his careers. Even so, he concedes that he prefers art; that being an artist is "a part of his nature that he cannot suppress or run away from". Bawa, who is profoundly deaf and lives with bilateral cochlear implants, challenges our preconceived notions about people... Continue Reading →

THE 1860 SETTLER MAGAZINE

In this post I share a glimpse inside the September 1969 issue of The 1860 Settler Magazine, which featured the sultry Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore on its cover.  For more background on the magazine, click hereINSIDEThe 1860 Settler magazine featured several short stories, many of which were romantic or family orientated.The magazine always included a section... Continue Reading →

THE 1860 SETTLER MAGAZINE

Few South Africans will remember The 1860 Settler. This magazine, which catered for a South African Indian audience, was the result of the joint efforts of a Durban couple: Ronnie Pather, who served as editor and his wife Leila who was the advertising manager. Together they published 'The Settler' from the 1960's until around 1978... Continue Reading →

NABEEHA MOHAMED

Nabeeha Mohamed's bold, colourful paintings feature a graphic simplicity that belies the depth of meaning they contain. She uses everyday items like flowers, jewellery, and cigarettes to explore ideas about privilege, identity and consumerism. In describing her art, Mohamed says her work can be labeled as Bad Painting.  A style of painting which aims to... Continue Reading →

EMPHATIC WHISPERS

Emphatic Whispers is an exhibition currently on show until 27 July at the Smith Studio  in Cape Town. Two of the artists featured in this group exhibition are Talia Ramkilawan and Alka Dass.  This exhibition looks at how art 'can make us more empathetic beings and transform the way that we relate to other people'. Empathy... Continue Reading →

SHENAZ MAHOMED

While hand cut paper is not a commonly used medium in art, it has become a signature of Shenaz Mohamed's multi media artworks. Her intricately hand cut designs on paper, echo those found in Islamic architecture, decorative items and manuscripts. The artwork of this young artist deals with her own experiences of being a Muslim... Continue Reading →

AVITHA SOOFUL

Avitha Sooful is an artist, activist and an academic who has worked in the professional environment of the visual arts in South Africa for most of her career. She studied art during the tumultuous years when the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) was a place of student uprisings, political turmoil and brutal police repression. Her committment to the anti-apartheid... Continue Reading →

Letters to Myself

Letters to Myself is the title of an exhibition currently on display at Long Street Art Lovers 1932, in Pretoria, until the 26 February. It is the first solo exhibition by Videsh Singh, who  studied at Tshwane University of Technology and lives in Pretoria. Singh is a painter whose abstract works are primarily acrylic on... Continue Reading →

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