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African Hair, Perceptions and Identity

One may think hair is grown for the sole purpose of keeping the head warm, but the truth is that it has always had a variety of conflicting undertones with a distinct bearing on our lives, especially in Africa. The most devastating effects stem from the slave trade, which inflicted deep emotional and psychological scars; the slave owners often described Black hair as......

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Marlene Steyn, Knot I: I Knot
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October 19, 2017

Marlene Steyn, Knot I: I Knot

SMAC Gallery is proud to present Knot I: I Knot, a new exhibition of paintings and ceramic sculptures by Marlene Steyn. Here, her characteristically elongated, distorted figures bend and twist in yoga-like positions, often writhing and transmuting into the sporting goods by which their actions are accompanied. Pale, slender arms embrace the aqueous contents of a swimming pool; legs, arms, severed heads and spherical breasts......

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Cameron Platter: ZOL
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October 18, 2017

Cameron Platter: ZOL

From October 19 to November 25, 2017, Blank Projects, Cape Town will present Zol, a solo exhibition by South African artist Cameron Platter. Incorporating aspects of sculpture, drawing, video, collage, poetry, tapestry, and web, Platter’s practice appropriates and filters, in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way, the enormous volume of information available today. Blurring the distinction between high and low, his eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach......

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Nina Torr and Allen Laing: The Way Back

From October 25 to November 25, 2017, Loop 99 Gallery, Cape Town will present The Way Back, a joint exhibition by Nina Torr and Allen Laing. The strange figures in Torr’s intimately-scaled paintings journey across desolate landscapes, under dark skies. These undefined, liminal spaces function as internal landscapes, with the creatures serving as figurations of the roles we play, and our relationships. Their......

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The History of Resilience Tour

Earlier this year, I was privileged to participate in the History of Resilience Tour at the Nigerian Railway Compound, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. As I arrived early, I was able to walk around the grounds for a while. The historical compound encompasses several quaint buildings, the overall effect immense and beautiful with greenery. The Central Bank of Nigeria commenced here, as well as the second......

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