Artist, Michaela Younge has become well-known for her felt works – rich tapestry narratives that compress entire stories into single tableaux – as well as her knack for weaving dreams, folklore, fairytales and humour into her work. She currently works for SMITH studio and has and has shown work at Art Africa Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
Dear Ribane is a creative company founded by siblings Tebogo Ribane, Manthe Ribane and Kokona Ribane. The trio wanted to form a project that spoke to all of their interests – design, fashion, performance, music and dance. Their work spans the local and international scenes, with them having performed and exhibited in Amsterdam, Liberty London and Norient Musik and Film Festival in Switzerland.
Seth Pimentel, also popularly known as African Ginger is taking over the illustration and design space. Since studying at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Pimental’s gone on to make a reputation for himself as an illustrator who’s not afraid to push boundaries in visual work, and always adds depth and meaning to his own work.
Maneo Mohale breaches the boundaries of community activism, poetry and story-telling with a queer focus, seamlessly. Her work, which focusses on black femme identities and queer politics, has been published by a variety of publications – Prufrock, Mail&Guardian and HOLAA!
Kim Windvogel, author of Resist: The Paradox of Love and Other Societal Disorders, is a strong force at the fore front of activism. The poet is the director of Freedom of Education Motivates Empowerment projects, which facilitates workshops with girls and women in schools and a UN fellow through LGBTQI organisation, Outright International.
Cape Town-based painter, Erin Chaplin is a rising star in the art world, with a promising career ahead of her. Chaplin’s work shows a keen eye for colour, and a fine knowledge of form and mood.
Artist and designer, Neo Mahlangu is making strides, having been chosen as one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives this year. The 2017 Cassirer Welz Award finalist has also been picked to show at Absolut One Source Festival of African Creativity.
Young creative practitioner, Francois Lion-Cachet is working to implement and improve diversity in both art and media. The 23-year-old worked as a Public Programmes Coordinater at the MWU Gallery bringing to the fore subjects around transformation and diversity. As the editor of an Afrikaans online magazine, he works to do the same in the media space.
South African street artists Sonny heads to New York for the To The Bone exhibition that aims to raise funds for endangered wildlife.
Sindiso Nyoni’s art is inspired by social change and the history of resistance. Inspired by struggle posters and revolutionary leaders, Sindiso believes in making work that is socially conscious and responsible.
Nkcubeko Balani’s new work “Aesthetics from a heritage: Knowing through Revealing and Concealing” looks at the intersections between culture, personal identity and modern influences.
Wezile Mgibe is a Port Elizabeth-based performance artist who uses sound, visuals and movement to interrogate culture, history, exclusion and the system.
Joburg’s city bus shelters are being transformed by Faatimah and Al Luke in partnership with the Halls Own The Moment campaign.
Sel Kofiga’s latest body of work, ‘Drowning on February 3rd’, illustrates the emotional struggle that comes with loss, writes Hakeem Adam.
Creativate, the new festival taking place at this year’s National Arts Festival, will explore the space where art, creativity and technology meet.