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Exploring spirituality through clothes, language and colour
South African visual artist makes the invisible understood through art.
Eradicating poverty in South African townships
This non-profit organisation is trying to help strengthen communities in South African townships.
New collection by South African designer Rich Mnisi
R by RICH MNISI: We share the latest lookbook from emerging South African designer Rich Mnisi. SS17 is a new collaboration with local celebrity Maps Maponyane.
Tina Ngxokolo’s fashion education
2014 emerging creative Tina Ngxokolo educates the world about her culture through her clothing and jewellery designs.
Instabitions: The appeal of no gatekeepers on social media for young artists
A Johannesburg-based digital artist uses Instagram to exhibit work that speaks directly to censored voices, experiences and representation of black women.
Exploring different cultures through art
Inspired by various sub-cultures in and outside the city of Johannesburg, Terrence Toko Maluleke creates unique illustrations.
Jewellery made from everyday items
Johannesburg-based alternative jeweller Belinda Phofu uncovers the untapped potential of everyday items.
Albus: The photo series challenging established standards of beauty
Photographer Justin Dingwall's groundbreaking photo series explores the aesthetics of albinism.
Stop Sign Art Gallery: Art that moves
Zama Phakathi champions the rising artists of Maboneng.
Jozi Days: A film celebrating skate culture in Johannesburg
"Jozi Days" by local photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Kyriakou is a short documentary-style film that celebrates skateboard culture in Johannesburg.
Combatting drought with orange peels
Kiara Nirghin won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award for her innovative creation of a super absorbent biodegradable polymer made from orange peels.
Wake up, This is Joburg: A series that uncovers the peculiarities of the city
"Wake up, This is Joburg" is a series of 10 books that tells the stories of the peculiar urban inhabitants of Johannesburg.
Laduma Ngxokolo: Design for safer circumcision rituals
Young South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo looks into how you can make Xhosa circumcision rituals safer in his Central Saint Martins graduate project.
Dencity competition winners foster new ideas that tackle high density in informal settlements
Social, architectural and technological solutions to improve the living conditions in the world’s urban slums.
SunFire: A 3-part solution for solar cooking
SA based company’s parabolic solar kits offer a sustainable cooking solution in rural or hard to reach areas of Africa.
Puzzle-like mural for a new mother and child hospital in Johannesburg
Lorenzo Nassimbeni has been working with 26'10 SOUTH Architects to create a geometric tiled mural on the new Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.
For the love of GIFs
Collective exhibit.gif puts out a call for a creative distillation of real life into the humble form of a GIF.
Emergency art is created and shown in no more than a day
The art featured at MOAD’s latest exhibition is not older than 24 hours old and tackles the immediate issues of our time.
Artist Leigh Le Roux looks to Johannesburg for inspiration
Local graphic design artist Leigh Le Roux visually represents the city and its people.
Tshepo Sedumo’s handmade portable boomboxes
The Johannesburg-based startup Grove Audio creates custom designed wooden boomboxes.
Kristin-Lee Moolman’s subversive photography challenges gender and the African aesthetic
South African photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman creates a separate reality through her work.
We Are Africa exhibition 2016
Celebrate Africa Month 2016 the creative way with the #WeAreAfrica Exhibition in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 26 to 28 May 2016.
Rich Mnisi: Fashion forward design
We talk to emerging South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi about the challenges of making a name for yourself in a young, local market.
Thomas Chapman on reconnecting a fractured city
South African architect Thomas Chapman is fixing the past using layers of new design.
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Yogita Agrawal on design for impact in India
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Design Indaba Global Graduate Yogita Agrawal shares two of her projects: a wearable that uses human movement to power a light and a soap pen to improve hygiene.
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