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Coding emotion and culture into art
"I try to make art that means something to people like me," says South African artist Lorenzo Plaatjies.
“Where is the ‘ME’ in Media?” asks a black woman in photography
South African-based, Kenyan Stephanie Mzee’s new photographic series interrogates the representation of black women in media.
Tiger Maremela uses digital collage to examine black masculinities in the “Rainbow Nation”
Joburg-based Tiger Maremela uses popular South African consumer products in their digital art to examine capitalism, modernisation and black masculinities.
Adam Hoens draws lines between old and new school Hip Hop
Using his pencil and paint, Canadian-born artist Adam Hoens recreates the biggest names in the Hip Hop industry.
Illustrator Sinalo Ngcaba wishes you a black Christmas
A South African illustrator sends Christmas greetings inspired by her African heritage.
Pierre de Vallombreuse photographs societies where the women are in charge
French photographer Pierre de Vallombreuse's images of matriarchal and egalitarian cultures presents another side of gender equality discourse.
This artist makes all things fair in love and wear
Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig’s new, elegant lingerie line is designed for the comfort of gender transitioning and non-conforming people.
Artist captures the topography of hair
New Jersey-based painter So Yoon Lym weaves a new appreciation of hair braiding and realistic painting.
Furqan Jawed’s talking smack with a poster a day
Indian graphic designer and illustrator Furqan Jawed celebrates the crazy conversations he overhears with "A Poster Everyday".
When style calls, the real Crystal Birch stands up
South African stylist and milliner Crystal Birch adds an eccentric and brilliant touch to every project.
Jo-anne Kowalski rewrites the rules of the textile industry
Copenhagen-based textile designer Jo-anne Kowalski is continually learning and unlearning her way around her industry’s technologies.
Cécile Dormeau laughs off body image issues through illustrations
French illustrator Cécile Dormeau's illustrations and GIFs are a colourful reminder that our bodies are all different and imperfect, and that's okay.
Forget cracking art codes – Sandy Little breaks them
The music and visual art produced by Bloemfontein-based artist and musician Sandy Little is a beautiful mess.
The CimaVax vaccine is Cuba's most recent gift to cancer treatment
The Centre of Molecular Immunology in Cuba is making great strides in cancer research with a new vaccine.
Menzi Khoza's photography isn't about showing off
Young Durban-based photographer Menzi Gerald Khoza's camera makes everyone fall in love with the lesser-known beauty of South Africa.
Georgina Goodwin photographs the village where men are banned
Kenyan photographer Georgina Goodwin captures the stories of women who have found refuge in the matriarchal village of Umoja after surviving sexual violence.
MBFWCT 2015: The future of SA fashion is looking bright
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) raised the local fashion pulse and showed the world what to expect next from South Africa.
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